I think you will agree with me when I say that learning to get better at anything is hard work and especially in art, until we try it we never understand how difficult it can be. Learning how to get better in drawing or art, in general, can be difficult too and frustrating when we see Professional artists do their magic, it really seems impossible to be that good.
Well, it turns out, you can also get better at drawing or painting by training and by developing a persistent habit.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
In today’s Post, I am about to show you how to get better at drawing and Art in general and how you can implement it effectively and develop a habit of learning. This is not about technique rather this is about the mindset.
-Muscle Memory is the Key-
Before I go into explaining briefly yet scientifically what muscle memory is. I would like to give you an analogy to drive the point home.
Do you actively think about balancing when you are riding a bicycle? Exactly! It’s not something that we busy our minds with when we ride a bicycle, it becomes intuitive once when we learn it and we never have to think about it again, even after years of not riding it. You may ask why is that the case?.
There is a small part of our brain that is responsible for Motor movements and that is called Cerebellum. That little guy is only about 10% of the brain mass but contains 50% of the brain neurons.
Isn’t that amazing!
That part receives information from the sensory system and then regulates motor movements.The cerebellum is really important for learning motor behaviors.
-Hand to eye coordination-
Daily coordinated practice rewires your brain and also through the hand to eye coordination it gets easier for the brain to find new pathways for neurons to become hardwired. This gradually increases the ability to do that task easily and in a much more refined way.
Why does this matter?
Well, the daily and constant practice of art helps your brain to store the memory and you, in the process, master a new skill.
That’s all great! , BUT…
One might say, “I lack the motivation to do that daily”. Well, that is the big issue too, isn’t it?
Let’s take a look how I stay motivated.
When I started out I was saying the same thing to myself. I kept telling myself that I will start from tomorrow and today I don’t feel motivated. Procrastination gets in our way of becoming better. But, what I found is that there were two things that helped me get motivated.
One was “fear” and the second was “hope”.
Fear of being a loser, because of my own procrastination and Hope for seeing a future where i enjoy doing something as a full-time job and also not starving.
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That’s not all…
There is one more thing that keeps me going even when i don’t feel motivated and i am sure that it will work for you as well, and that is seeing the artworks of other great artists on the internet. I Also keep a folder in my hard drive when i keep the works of other artists who i like and that really boosts my motivation level.
“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
-Tips on making drawing daily, a habit-
1- Have clear intention.
2- Start small. Set smaller goals that you can achieve and then increase with time.
3- Celebrate small wins by giving yourself rewards, like eating a chocolate.
4- If you skip one day then punish yourself by making yourself not eat chocolate that day, the point is to not do something that you love doing daily because you skip drawing.
5- Get drawing buddies, you will feel encouraged to practice.
6- Mark your calendar for 30-day plan . Plan to draw different types of Mugs for 30 days or something like that.
Now that I have shown the ways to make a habit of drawing daily which will eventually help you get better at drawing just like riding a bicycle. All I ask in return is that you commit to it.
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