Drawing and Painting from Memory? I WISH!


I’ve always admired people who can draw/sketch/paint from memory or imagination, and I love watching YouTube videos of artists drawing in real time.  I’m able to draw fairly well when I have an image or object to look at for reference, but just from a picture in my mind?  Nope.  Also, perspective seems to be troublesome for me.  I’d love to improve upon these artistic shortcomings, and this article gives me hope that I can:

Why Are Some People Better at Drawing Than Others?



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  1. Improving one’s skill at drawing (or painting or any other art medium) requires exercising the brain to open itself to new concepts just like learning a language or dance routine. Well, technically, like dance moves, you learn how to wield a pencil/pen in different ways and then–like a routine or performance–you piece those moves together in different ways.

    There is a psychology concept which says we improve our drawing skills with our level of maturity. Certain skill levels correspond with certain ages/stages of maturity. If we are generally “immature” with certain habits, we may only draw at that age/maturity level of skill. It’s a theory.

    I cannot imagine drawing on camera/for a video as I struggle with–or just haven’t had much exposure to–people watching me work. I’m usually not comfortable with the idea for fear they will distract or stir me when I need to be focused.

    I too do better with a model/photo than from my imagination. Yet, if I can’t imagine some things, I sacrifice my creativity. Everything else is just realistic and practical. I never was a big fan of drawing “still life.” But, my best work may be in portraits and adapting real objects into something new/amusing.

    • The psychology concept that you mention makes a lot of sense to me. Even though I haven’t done much drawing between the time I was an adolescent and my present middle-age I feel that I’m better at drawing now than I was then, so in my case practice isn’t so much a factor in my skills improving as is a better understanding of how things work. Also, I am much more willing to experiment and make mistakes now than when I was younger.

      • Well, if not practicing helped you–first, I am jealous–then maybe you would either irk or blow the minds of the many on here who are posting daily/weekly sketches/polished pieces as their “exercise” to stay in tip-top art skill shape.

        To counter my psychological philosophy (which I do not entirely support myself), if I see a kid who can draw better than me (and I have found some teens/early 20s folks) here who can do that), I am not inclined to assume they are more mature than myself. But, perhaps, they HAVE been instilled with a few “facts of life” that have impacted their abilities in some cosmic indirect way. I could research them and find traces of divorce or other family trauma which might make them grow up fast, too.

        I think I was more willing to make mistakes as a kid when I didn’t know the price of tools and paper or the waste impact on the environment. As a kid, I was denied many mistakes because my parents “knew better.” You might think it was the wise curbing the naive. But, being unable to make mistakes was cruel punishment, too.

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