I’m going to learn to draw

I cannot draw and I don’t think I can get any better at drawing, but my personal challenge for 2014 is to learn how to do it

Most years I try to embark on something new. I take on something really challenging or something that’ll take me way outside of my comfort zone.

In recent years, these projects have ranged from learning to do improvised comedy through to writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

All of these experiences have been deeply rewarding.

I’m a big believer in the importance of regularly stretching myself. If I stop setting myself challenges and never step outside of my comfort zone, how will I keep on growing?

So, for me, this annual challenge is something I feel very strongly about. It’s my way of taking on something significant that will cause me to develop new skills and face new challenges.

I want my thinking and my skills and my talents to be something I never stop investing in. The moment I stop learning is the moment I stop growing.

And I don’t want that to ever happen.

All of that brings me to my 2014 challenge. It’s taken a while for me to settle on something that I definitely feel I can and want to commit to. But this week I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do.

I’m going to learn to draw.

That might not sound like much, but I can assure you that, for me, this is huge. I really, really cannot draw. My own five-year old daughter mercilessly mocks my embarrassing attempts at the most basic of objects.

Not only can I not draw, I don’t even think I have the capability to get any better at drawing. But after hearing about Betty Edward’s book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, I’ve decided to see if I’m wrong about that.

Edward’s believes that drawing—basic drawing, not works of art—is a skill that anyone and everyone can master. She see’s it as no different from learning your A,B,C’s or basic maths. There are fundamental skills anyone can learn so that they can draw, she says.

I have my doubts. But I’m going to push them aside and take on this challenge. My aim is to make my way through Edward’s book, set aside one evening each week, and see if I can learn to draw.

I’ll keep you updated with my progress. (This may or may not involve publicly sharing some of my attempted drawings.)

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