Reasons To Draw


By the end of this section you will be more aware of why you wish to draw.


"When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I've got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything"



Seven Reasons To Draw

1: Drawing creates connections. The act of drawing increases brain activity, and that is exercise for the brain. We use the right side of our brain for creativity and the left side for logical thinking. The act of drawing stimulates the brain to think.

2: Drawing creates spatial maps in our brain. Through drawing we can start to map out metal images of the world we see around us.

3: Drawing is relaxing. Drawing can be a challenge, but it is also a relaxing activity. When we draw we are in the moment. We are totally concentrated on now. We cannot draw in the past or in the future. It is a physical activity, moment by moment. Drawing can be a way to become aware of our inner feelings and reduce stress. Through drawing we can empty our mind and focus on the mark we are making in a moment in time. Drawing can calm anxiety.

4: Improve your self-confidence. Drawing is a form of self expression, and to learn to better express ourselves in a variety of different ways can give us more confidence and self esteem.

5: Clarify your thoughts. Drawing is a great way to clarify and simplify our thoughts. Get your thoughts out of your head and onto a piece of paper! Drawing is a highly productive way of problem solving. Draw things, draw ideas, draw plans, draw feelings, draw observations, draw problems.

6: Communicate. Once you have put your thoughts on paper, through the act of drawing, you will find that other people will be able to understand some of what you express. Indeed they might be able to understand some thoughts you were unaware you had expressed in your drawings.

Through drawing we can tell a story, explain how to construct a bridge, record how we observe a ray of light on an apple.

Draw is a powerful form of visual communication, a form of communication without words.

7: Drawing to see. Drawing is a fantastic way to record what we see around us. The act of drawing sharpens our ability to perceive the world around us. To truly appreciate nature is a worthy aim for a drawing.

By drawing things from observation we can notice and value the beauty of the world around us and this is rewarding in itself.

Drawing can open a door to understanding the visual arts in a deep and meaningful way: Painting, design, fashion, film, architecture, sculpture.