Why drawing is suitable for any age
January 17, 2019

Why drawing is suitable for any age

In 1939, in his late 80s, a retired farmer and ex-slave was found homeless on the streets of Montgomery by the local artist, who discovered his talents in drawing. He spent most of his life as a sharecropper but in his late 80s, due to the inability to work for medical reasons, he started expressing his thoughts and experiences on paper. The members of a progressive art coalition quickly acclaimed his extravagant style of drawing and provided him with pencils and paper. His work is highly praised for the originality, dramatic representation of the rural and urban life of the African Americans in Alabama at the time. His name was William “Bill” Traylor and he is considered one of the most celebrated and acknowledged artists of the 20th century. It proved everyone once again that the value of artist’s work is not necessarily defined by the amount of academic practice or age.

image text At the moment the demand for designers and creative directors rose more than ever before because of the constantly increasing market, consumer demands and pursuit of the perfectly designed products. Consequently, with this demand (and improved life conditions) people started showing more and more interest in the creative industry and art in general. Now, everyone, no matter of age, can visit offline and online art courses, or at least get yourself the ubiquitous “relaxing coloring book”. Although there are many benefits of art making, each person will find their own purpose and motivation. Here are some of them:

Art as a way to express emotions and get rid of anxiety

No matter of age, people experience all kinds of emotions during the day. It is proven that both drawing and painting can help to get rid of the negative emotions through expression on the paper as well as manage depression or anxiety through such calming activities as drawing. By the way, many of the most famous masterpieces were made during the artist’s difficult period in life, so if you feel upset, you should definitely give it a try.

Art as a way to develop creative thinking

I consider creative thinking one of humanity’s most valuable skills. It is the skill, which fuels progress and helps to develop future inventors and innovators in all kinds of different areas. Art making, from drawing to photography, is linked directly to creative thinking and continuous development in this area will enhance your creative skills, improving your decision-making and problem-solving skills in both professional and personal life.

Art as a way to build self-esteem

It always feels good to receive great feedback from your relatives and friends but the most important is to be proud of yourself after your accomplishment. In addition, the self-exploration through art will lead to a more balanced and satisfying life.

Art as a way to share your ideas and tell your story to the world

The first representations of art were found in the Maltravieso cave, Spain and are considered to the older than 64 000 years. Although experts are still arguing about the causes of these drawings, today it has an immense value as a primary source of knowledge about the life of our ancestors in the prehistoric times. Throughout history, art was used as a powerful tool to persuade and inform people, as well as to express personal view on political situation, society or culture. Use this chance to share your ideas with the world (or just your inner circle of friends).

Ready to try yourself in art?

5 steps before you start:

  1. Get the materials. You can visit the closest art gear shop in your local area or stationery department in IKEA for budget-friendly options. This will also be the first inspirational step in your creative path; you will be surprised by a range of different types of materials and colors. However, do not rush to buy everything! I would not recommend buying expensive tools. Get only basics and start planning where and how you can use them.
  2. Draw everything around you. Your partner, parents, friends and inanimate objects. You will soon find out which theme and subject is your favorite one.
  3. Experiment. I would advise to start with pencils and acrylic paints. You can also try watercolors but they require more knowledge and practice. Try charcoals, pastels and markers, mix and match.
  4. Search for live drawing sessions and master classes. This is where you can not only get practice but also seek advice and meet like-minded people.
  5. Look at the works of others. It does not mean that you should replicate other works or compare your works, but you can certainly get fresh ideas and inspiration.

Bibliography:
Schjeldahl, Peter. “The Utterly Original Bill Traylor.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2018, www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/08/the-utterly-original-bill-traylor.

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