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Is That So?

Do you realize that if you can write your name you can draw? Drawing is all about lines and how you slant them, curve them, shorten them, lengthen them, or arch them.

You control what the lines do on paper, whether they are lines in a drawing or the lines of your signature. The movement of your hand and your arm determine whether your signature is legible or whether a drawing looks like what you are drawing.

You are the designer and creator of the marks you make on paper -- the captain of your ship, so to speak. The process of drawing or writing is one and the same. The activities are identical.

So, let’s put this idea to the test -- Here is a step by step simple exercise for you to try:

Find a piece of plain, white paper and a pencil. Make sure the pencil has a good sharp point. If you are right-handed, you will use your left hand for this experiment.

If you are left-handed, use your right hand. Do not use the hand you would ordinarily use, for this. Now, take your pencil and carefully sign your first and last name.

It is not easy, is it? So what have you learned? You've learned something that you already knew -- the other hand does not write so well.

Now, repeat the process -- use the hand you seldom use and write your name again. Write it just below the first signature so you can compare the two.

You may suspect that practice will enable you to make the signature as legible as though you had used the familiar hand to write. Your suspicions would be accurate.

Our built-in natural deduction process tells us it is all a matter of practice. How many times have you heard, “practice makes perfect.” If you practice signing your name with the unused hand, it will eventually look as good as the signature signed with your strong hand.

There is no exception to the rule when it comes to drawing or writing. The rule applies to every artist and every writer. If you practice enough, you can draw or write anything.

You don’t have to believe me, try it for yourself. Practice drawing an apple until it looks like the real thing -- better than you ever thought you could make it look.

Then next time, you may have to think it over before you say “I can’t draw.”


Street Talk

Thanks for giving me hope Lewis. I will have a go. I will practice. Great article.

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  about 3 years ago

Thanks for the comment, Marilyn! :)

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  about 3 years ago

Never realized how easy it was to draw. Thanks for the great article.

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  about 4 years ago

Thanks for commenting, Don!

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  about 4 years ago

The I can't will get you every time. Good article!

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  about 5 years ago

Howdy Shawn Lee. I appreciate all the comments.

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks for the interesting article. I enjoy drawing...nothing special but it satisfies some type of need.

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  about 5 years ago

Great article, my dad is an artist but I was never drawn to painting preferred dance. But I will have to try again I have bought some pastels and sketch pad to start with. Gayle

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  about 5 years ago
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