Practice your Passion
"I wish I could draw like that" - I hear this all the time. Even my husband and son say it to me. My 7 year old son gets very upset when he tries to draw something and it doesn't turn out quite how he expected and when consoling him, I always say the same thing, practice makes perfect.
There are various theories as to why some people are good at certain things and some aren't. Raw talent, application of a certain part of the brain, it runs in the family. I would agree with these to a point, but these come from one thing, passion.
In order to be good at something you have to have a passion for it. Olympic winning athletes don't just roll out of bed on the morning of a big race and win it. It takes practice, dedication and most important of all, a passion for what they do. It is no different in art. If you have a passion for it, you will want to do it every day and sometimes you will need to fight the urge when you see something that inspires you as it can occur at the most inconvenient times. You will have so many ideas of what you want to create that you find yourself drawing ideas everday.
A typical day for me involves the usual daily grind of housework, childcare and cooking and inbetween all these, drawing. I draw all the time and not because I want to, it's because I have to. I can't stop myself, it's like an itch I have to scratch. I feel so passionate about drawing, I can't imagine life without it. I'm not one of those artists that takes a sketch book around with me every where I go, mainly because I am currently potty training my daughter and I can't carry that as well as all the other equipment I am constantly lugging around, but I do carry my camera and if I see something that inspires me, I take a picture to draw later. I'm always thinking about drawing and because of that passion, I find I am actually practicing without realising it.
Every time I pick up a pencil or paint brush I am practicing. Every time I do a commission for someone, it's practice. I will be practicing for the rest of my life.
If you think you can't draw but you have that strong urge to do so, or if you know you can, but you think you're not as good as you could be, all I would say is just practice, draw every day, even it it's a two minute sketch, and keep a record of your sketches, either by photo or storing the original sketches somewhere and after a year, just get all your pictures out and see the difference from when you started to now. If you practice, you will notice an improvement and that will drive your passion even more.
I read a great piece of advice recently, "never compare your work to others, only to work you've done in the past". So, if you feel as passionately as I do about something, get practicing!