Why You Should Start Drawing

Why You Should Start Drawing

Let’s say you have never drawn before, used paint, or held a pencil. Why would you start drawing? Well you could really start for any reason. Maybe you want to make fan-art. Maybe you want to make your fantasies come to life. Draw your own characters and develop a story, or unleash your questionable imagination. Any reason is really good enough. As a kid I had an interest in art but I never really drew anything. And instead I would go on places like Deviantart to look at what other people were making. I didn’t really see myself as a creative person and I was often too insecure to make anything Because what if other people think it’s bad? Though later I did pick up drawing at around the age of 23; And although I can’t say I’m an amazing artist now, what I can say is, I have learned a lot just by pursuing drawing as a skill for example. Number one: Kids are stupid and any adult can learn to do what a kid can do within nanoseconds because all children are dumb! Adults seem to be particularly afraid of picking up new skills and although I can’t speak for every case, why I can speak from my own experience It’s easy to think man I used to wish I’d started drawing Five years, ago because by now I would be pretty good at drawing, but now I’m an adult and it’s too late, and I only have 60 more years to live, and I can never learn anything new again. (So Sad) But here are some things to consider: first off most people will try out one thing, and then when they fail, they quit. This is where the line is drawn for most people. Drawing is valuable, because you’re going to make a ton of failures. In fact, every drawing you make will probably have some sense of failure to it, but only because you are growing through that failure. As a complete beginner, you can probably look at your drawing, and tell it is a bad, but maybe you’re not sure what, is wrong with it. But if you continue on you’re going to get some clues. “What if I did it like this instead?” and suddenly every failure starts to feel less and less like a disaster and more like a learning experience. And I know I would much rather have a drawing that turned out, bad that I learned from, than a drawing I was afraid to continue on because i was afraid I would ruin it. And here’s one thing, as a complete beginner to drawing, you can actually have an upper hand over people who have drawn for a long time. In art there are things called the fundamentals of art: anatomy, perspective, color theory, etc. What if you took one week every day to try and draw a human body? Well, no matter what you’re going to know a lot more about the human, body than you did before. you can You can approach drawing, using direction. Why not tackle things like, anatomy, perspective, and drawing forms? Although, some people can say,”I have drawn my entire life.” That doesn’t mean they’re actually good at drawing. Because they might have just never tried to actually improve. And if you start drawing as a kid, something like drawing anatomy in perspective might not just sound fun so they never do it. But tackling a skill like drawing as an adult, as an adult you can look at things more objectively and say so this is what i have to do to get better So let’s say you start drawing today, and try something like perspective you’re already going to be ahead of a lot of people who have drawn for a long time and never tried it. If you’re an adult who wants to learn how to draw despite no experience or creativity, you can do it, it’s a learned, skill just like anything else. Number two: Finally you can learn how to learn. What does it take to be good at something? “Well,” someone might say, “we are just naturally born with it.” people are just naturally good at art, music, sports, and whatever. But they might not be as inclined to say people are naturally, born knowing how to play guitar, or how to speak foreign languages. Someone might be naturally talented at picking something up, but they’re not going to inherently know something. Actually what it sounds more like is that these people have a genuine interest in something and they are willing to continuously pursue it. The end result might be something, like playing the guitar or speaking a foreign language, but to us it seems a very sudden because, we don’t have to see the struggle or thought process that they go through with learning it. I wouldn’t say natural talent doesn’t exist But I would say, no one has ever gone far with just natural talent. Anyone who practices something is going to go further than any initial spurt of,”Oh yeah, I kind of get it.” Along with that I would probably say that all skills are “meta skills.” For example, someone who has already studied a language before, they’re going to know how to approach learning another language or a new skill, like music, or drawing. There’s the secret about all those artists and creative people you look up to they are not gods, they are human beings like yourself. Meaning if they can learn to do it, you can learn to do it too. But, here’s the issue, it’s going to take time, and work, and studying as hard as they did Number three: You can learn to see with your, eyes because your brain will make you blind. This might sound strange to a lot of people or, stupid? But there’s this thing the human brain naturally does where it quickly processes information around us. So you might look out and quickly see things as trees, road, grass, rocks. This makes sense because no one would ever want to go to a Beach and be like,”Hey everybody stop calling it sand, we have to account for the unique individuality of each mineral!” So most of the time most of us see the world like this. Because we don’t really take enough time to perceive things as they really are. Have you ever looked out over the horizon and seen that shadows aren’t always black? Look at how blue these shadows are. But a beginner artist would draw them as black. That colors like black and white really are quite hard to find in nature and even the white in an eye is not completely white. Or look at how weird feet are. Feet look really dumb. I don’t like feet. This plays a role in drawing, because this is how A lot of us first approach drawing. For example, if a complete beginner were to draw a hand, a person, or an eye right now, odds are it would look, like this. But this is not what things actually look, like. These are used symbols of objects that exist in our heads. So instead when you start drawing, really try and look at what you are observing. Treat a hand like you have never seen one before, like it’s an alien being from another planet, and then draw that. Of course you don’t need any of this to be more perceptive, you don’t need drawing. But I don’t think I would appreciate the colors, and forms, and environments of nature without drawing and painting, and I wouldn’t appreciate the art that others make as much. I like looking at a lot of art where it’s drawings, comics, animation, or video games. And being able to express art also helps you with analyzing the art that others make. Number four: A sketchbook, is like a visual journal. I particularly like drawing as a skill, because you have your own improvement visualized before your eyes. Of course you’re going to see improvement with other things, like learning a language or getting fit. But it’s also quite nice to have a trail of progress behind you. A drawing is going to show all of your skills right there before your eyes. Which might be harder to approximate with another thing. Drawing has played a huge role in my own personal growth. Because it does require changing yourself a bit to be able to improve. You’re going to learn, how to deal with critique how, to give critique, how to approach problem-solving, and rational thinking. And it’s also pretty great to look back at the drawings you’ve made. Even the ones you didn’t like. Because you can still remember how it made you feel, and what you tried to communicate with it. In fact, that’s how I started drawing I didn’t have any big goals of big environments or portraits every, day My first goal was to doodle things and eventually I would have a collection of daily doodles; so don’t be afraid to start small. Because if you went to be gym for the first time and you were pressured to lift the heavy weights you would probably never come back. First off, just get acquainted with drawing comfortably. Can you make straight lines? Can you draw over those lines and make both lines just as straight? This might sound like small stuff but it’s actually pretty important if you, have, never drawn, before then, you’re probably, going to need some time just getting comfortable with drawing with a pencil drawing freely and drawing with confidence even professional artists regularly practice this kind of stuff A final chapter: It’s not really just about drawing. You don’t have to pick up drawing, but in my view having a hobby is very important. Hobbies and interests are what makes you an interesting person, and without them you’re just kind of bland. I can personally recommend drawing because that’s what i have experience with and it’s because it blends into mediums I enjoy. Like art, and animation, and games. I can’t promise you will immediately be good at art. In fact it might take several years. Th– I would consider drawing to be a meta skill that’s going to improve on a lot of things beyond just drawing. It’s going to teach you how to teach yourself to solve your problems and how to develop as a person. To deal with failure, to progress, how to handle projects. You can try out drawing and if you don’t like it then no big deal, try something different. But no matter what hobby you pick up there’s not going to be an easy one or a shortcut that gets you good. They’re all going to be different kinds of difficult and even tougher if you have, no interest in them to begin with. But I would also like to say when you pick up something new or different, you’re not going to immediately fall in love and be passionate about that hobby it’s actually, going to be tough for a first few days or weeks or months. And sometimes it takes learning how to love something. At some point you will just know; having learned what I’ve learned so far, do I actually want to keep doing this? Seeing what others are doing with it, is that something I want to do? What could I see myself doing with this, and knowing how far I want to reach, is it worth it? I can’t answer those questions, But make sure you keep moving and not just ponder the possibilities all day Just do something, and figure it out as you go along. Hey, thanks for listening, if you enjoyed this content, then you can support me on Patreon, and I also have a second YouTube channel where I do more lower quality content like play video games. There will be more videos in the future and not just about drawing, just whatever I feel like, but see you until then!

Dereck Turner

93 thoughts on “Why You Should Start Drawing

  1. Ethan WBS says:

    1 week every day ?
    Also great vid

  2. kurosan says:

    4:25 Kojima!!

  3. Wayne Sanford says:

    Pre-Video Comment: I really dislike arty things. But hey, I'll give this a chance.

    Post-Video Edit: Alright. I'm convinced. I'm gonna find an online art fundamentals course and start drawing.

  4. PurpleDanielle says:

    Great video, man. I love this message, it’s so so important. It’s truly never too late to start something new, and no one is automatically a pro at anything. Thank you for making this.

  5. Erika Oliveira says:

    I hate when people say that they can't draw, without even trying!

  6. Ahzayah says:

    5:32 I agree in 100% fuck feet

  7. ItMe12s The Furry TH says:

    I can draw a f ing humen

  8. Gray Bubblegummer says:

    Somehow the first time I watched this my earphones decided to only let me hear the background music
    Me first time watching video: I don’t understand what’s going on
    Me after replugging earphones: OH MY HE TALKS

  9. Galaspark says:

    "Kids are Stupid and Any Adult can Learn to do what a Kid can do Within Nanoseconds because all Children are Dumb"

    Languages: Am I a joke to you?

  10. Foozy Toons says:

    2:16 what if u could spend a week in a day

  11. you're adopted says:

    i started learning about perspective when i was 8 or so then i started learning about anatomy when u was around 11 but my art is still shit because i have a bad habit of drawing a lot for a few days then getting burnt out for a long time

  12. Andrew W says:

    A teenager***

  13. Nils Kayser says:

    I love that last line. "Just do something, and figure it out as you go along". It holds so true. Ive wanted to be able to draw since kinedergarten, and now im 19 an i just started to doodle stuff while watching youtube, and now Im not very good at it, but Im still seeing improvements. Thats just the most motivating thing

  14. Tobi #1 says:

    Drawing is death now day

  15. ImNotAUsername says:

    Ah enslaved crayon markings

  16. Nikunj Majithia says:

    Why you should start drawing?
    So the eraser can erase more lines 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😭😭😭

  17. Toba says:

    Oh no… I was watching this with my little sister 0:50 😂
    (she was angry when she heard that 🤣)

  18. Rodrigo Appendino says:

    But kids brain is really different and better in learning.

  19. Ella says:

    i like how you talk. you made me realize i was being hard on myself for not getting better at art soon even though I picked it up at a later age. Thanks

  20. Allen Garcia says:

    never held a pencil did you go to the 4th grade already ma dude

  21. Mr.anime god says:

    I wanna learn how to draw because I wanna make questionable fan art

  22. Spicez says:

    Im good at drawing but my enemy is legs when i draw a creature the legs takes a day for me LEGS

  23. ohello says:

    Feet look really dumb

  24. zoukology y says:

    0:52 im a kid if you excuse me and i can make perfect lines (i think) but i will continue and see the video

  25. Virus Syntax says:

    5:31 look how weird feets are
    They're really dumb
    Dont like feet

  26. Kitty Kat says:

    0:48 Excuse me, um….I am a “kid” my dad can’t learn how to turn the FRIKIN air conditioning on, I figured it out myself. Fight me if you want to.

  27. Emma Lianne says:

    “feet look really dumb” i have never surprise-laughed so hard. i, too, hate feet

  28. Vanya the Wolf says:

    Kids are stupid and any adult can learn to do what a kid can do without nanoseconds because all children are dumb

  29. Michael Petrichenko says:

    Great tips!!!

  30. Lord Ghandar says:

    Disliked cause he doesn't like feet

  31. Nono TV says:

    I used to teach IT to beginners. It was a 65+ class.
    We had a lady who picked up IT at the age of… 99.
    While the 65 y.o.'s were whinning at being too old lol

  32. X Faceless says:

    Lesson 1 kids are stupid huh? I mean I'm 15 and I seen amazing younger artist

  33. Ludwig Van Normayenn says:

    Great video 🙂

  34. Jordan Carroll says:

    I’m nog dumb 😡


  35. PSVR America says:


  36. Dimensional Blade says:

    Listened to lesson 1 and instantly subscribed coz that was the first lesson I learnt after getting over depression.

  37. TovenOvideoRPC says:

    This video was sponsored by Nike

  38. Kiiro94 says:

    Talent is just an excuse for not trying.

  39. Ankit Telang says:

    Feets are really dumb

    Foot fetishers triggered*

  40. Screm Ah says:

    I’m a child. I can draw OK. But I don’t a have a good imagination

  41. El rick says:

    What if i am a musician?

  42. CHHIREE SHERPA says:


  43. Speedy Servel says:

    Just look at feet…
    Feet are REALLY DUMB!
    i hate feet!…

    Amazingness 👌😂

  44. Vortex Eleven says:

    nobodies gonna mention the Minecraft music

  45. A Flo says:

    Yes you must practice 40 hours a day

  46. Fletcher Helms says:

    You know, I am a mathematician at heart. I have no interest in becoming an artist in the sense that that word is usually used. I would probably never use any of these skills if I were to learn them. The contents of this video are of no practical use to me in any way.

    But they inspire me to keep improving at what I'm doing. Well done and thank you.

  47. BogdanVolk says:

    I can also say that don't forget about sleep.
    When you sleeping, your brain works with information and because of this, you can find that after sleeping you become better at somethx… Don't need to thank me, that Lesson 0, which known by eweryone. yep, eWery, but every too.

  48. Kleithsune Tails25 says:

    I have been drawing since I was a child, but it's only recently I learned about perspective lol. Really interesting. Also I had been thinking about (finally) studying how to draw proper anatomy but school had me busy.

    Edit: Yeah, I sometimes just stare at stuff around me and notice colors and shapes. Trying to memorize how shadows fall on things in case I later want to draw them. And sometimes I stare at my hands and feet and think of how weird they are if you think about it.

  49. Gizmo says:

    I feel duped. This video isn't about drawing at all. But good on you. I would have had issues if it was.

  50. You Are Reading This says:

    Not to brag…

    But I can draw a stick figure.

  51. oldcowbb says:

    life is like dark soul, you fail and fail again until that one time you success

  52. Clara Mercier says:

    Kids are super intelligent and they're very good at learning new skills because their brains are still very plastic 🙂

  53. Chesnaught_PH says:

    0:46 I'm a kid ;-;

  54. Una Luna Con gafas says:


  55. ßØØPĐØØP HƏŁŁØ says:

    Are you calling children dumb?-

    I am going to call all of the children to your house and make them eliminate you…

  56. DrDill says:

    I started with my type of art. Piano music! Thank you mattias for motivating me, i love your videos!

  57. Nipha 20 says:

    What about videogames???

  58. DarkFlowerXD says:

    Next time you'll say that Kojima is not a God things will get messy for your kneecaps.(tis just a joke,don't sue me)

  59. Name Notimportant says:

    Wish I didn't have to draw out of my bank account

  60. Samurai Momo says:

    1:30 wait…. that's the type and color of pencil i'm using right now….

  61. CandyTlicious says:

    The thing is I can't leave my phone

  62. Emiliapocalypse says:

    Lol, first vid I’ve seen of yours and loved it. Subbing cos you’re helpful and very funny 😄

  63. arfa abid says:

    Thank you for the motivation. Just needed to hear this today.

  64. Yassir Rossel says:

    i love you, Mattias…

  65. -daisyplays- :3 says:

    Oof I’m still a child. I’m a pretty good artist.

  66. Wahyu Nugroho says:

    feet look really dumb
    i don't like feet 🙁

  67. Nero Shadowblade says:

    Damn those 60 years are really gonna suck

  68. burnt f1ames says:

    Adults are afraid to start learning a new skill after they realize their pull out game is weak

  69. Light Underwater says:

    Thank you for such encouraging video.
    I always wanted to draw. But when I was kid, my parent keeps telling about how ugly my drawings were, I had no talent in drawing, I should stop because it was wasting time and money. Unlike my talented brothers. I never given chance to improve. I feel so discouraged. And sad. I'm afraid to touch drawing books or crayons or colour pencils and especially watercolor ever since.
    I'm 28 now and I start to draw recently. Because I wanted to. I remember it used to be fun to play with colours. Although I still believe I can't draw anything good, and my drawings looked like preschool, but I enjoy drawing and colouring. Even I still feel it was too late for me to learn drawing, I still wanted to draw. Because I like it.

  70. Katelyn_ Playz says:

    "Never held a pencil"
    I did that In school

  71. Cutiekitty says:

    Jokes on you, i already have u-u

  72. Gabi TGB says:

    i can't draw

  73. Juiice says:

    I like you, I’m subbing

  74. Ghosssty Yolk says:

    0:46 yes a very motivational message for me, a child, who wants to get more serious about drawing.

  75. Crews for Christ says:

    Thank you very much, I have two hobbies; music and drawing

  76. Defossez Simon says:

    im french so i didn't had to learn french sry

  77. ColeFam says:

    I needed to hear this. Thank you.

  78. Champ says:

    your video really inspired me. I'm 22 at the moment and i was unsure if i should start drawing. i always like BD, manga and animation( i was reading scrooge mcduck, Tintin, valerian et laureline, and a lot of manga at the age of 6 like GTO,FMA, blackjack and other osamu tesuka classic ), but i never pickup drawing. i only did some stickfigure animation on Pivotland animation and flipnote studio when i was 11 12.and now 10 year later i'm stuck in study that i don't like and i came to the realisation that i just wasted 5 year of my life after high school getting stuck in university without knowing what to do in my life. But i sure know one thing, i love animation and i will do my best even if it remain a hobby.
    on a side note : it is really demotivating when all the animator and illustrator you follow say that they started drawing during their childhood, you get the felling that after your 20s you're too old to draw so by stating your age at the start of your video i'm sure a lot more people get motivated

  79. GOD of ART says:


  80. Muhammad Iman says:

    How do I make myself drawing.
    I like drawing but when I'm infront of my screen my mind goes blank and lost idea to draw. But then I draw something looks like 7 yo drawing.
    Need help.

  81. Anonymous says:

    To open shops like this!

  82. Some Random Argonaut says:

    0:46 u won with that

  83. Starie Chan says:

    I started drawing at 7 And I'm 12 now and I'm so happy I decided to do it early , tbh I only starred drawing often at 10 but before it really helped and my art has improved so much its amazing

  84. Chris With Luv says:

    "Feet look really dumb."

    "I don't like feet."

    I died

  85. Маруся :3 says:

    Что я здесь делаю, я же и так рисую 🤯😂

  86. Elizabeth XD says:

    Is art not made for me?
    I get so mad at myself if I draw one thing for hours and it still turns out trash..then I quit..

  87. Weet Bix says:

    Well actually, kids can pick up skills far quicker than adults. Impressionable squishy sponge brains

  88. HermitFanimations says:

    I'm trying to persuade my friends into believing that they can draw if they really want to, because they CAN, but I just can't seem to word anything right.
    Now I know what video to spam them with, heh.

  89. Madeleine Stoll says:

    Me:Spends hours and hours over the last five years meticulously practising and messing up and persevering until now when I make decent artwork that still takes hours to complete.
    Ppl:Wow I wish I had your natural talent! You’re so lucky!

  90. Krishna Nadoor says:

    Thanks for this great video! Was eye opening.

  91. agostina !!! says:

    I don’t like feet either

  92. Omegan Kryist says:

    Well that isn’t me, my body is a circle not a stick.

  93. c21dickcracker says:

    I don't like feet! They're dumb!
    Rob Liefeld: Me too. That's why I never draw them.

  94. JadedFire says:

    thank you feet are SO dumb looking, and a definite pain to draw xD

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