There was a Newsweek article which came out a few months ago commenting on the fact that schools don't teach script anymore. The author was delighted to report that cursive was essentially a useless exercise in nostalgia and the sooner it disappears the better. I considered writing in but decided against it. I didn't save any time in the long run because here I am still thinking about it.
Most of the things which stand in the way of making art are not grand events or challenging technical problems but slow death by real life. I was at a dinner party last week and one artist mentioned that she hates to wash her hair, it takes up too much time. Other people concurred. Between trips to the post office and paying bills, among other daily obligations, can easily cascade into a torrent of commitments competing for studio time.
We all draw when we are children. As we get older the fear of failure and the unavoidable comparisons with people of greater natural ability can easily turn us off from art. Those who can draw well are labeled ‘artistic’ and those whose efforts are less impressive move on to other things. Even people who start off strong can get discouraged if they are not given the skills to improve over time. Or people just get busy. Unfortunately, I rarely see adults drawing who are not professional.
If you can hold a pen in your hands and write a letter you have the capacity to draw. Just like every other activity, your skills can be improved as you learn basic principles and get some practice. The key to learning to draw, just like learning to write, is good foundational instruction and then working until you own it. No one said it would be easy, nothing worth doing is. Yet just because it is challenging does not mean that, with time and hard work, you will not be excellent.
A few of the many reasons to pick up a sketchbook and start drawing.