Every so often over the years I'd feel like I was progressing along just fine as an artist, then suddenly I would have a series of bad drawing days. I would struggle and get more and more frustrated that before I was doing so well and now I'm stinking up the page. Then something amazing would happen, after a few days something would "click" and I had a breakthrough. I would be drawing on a level much higher than I was just a week ago. I've also seen it happen to other artists I've worked with. Their work was what it was and suddenly BOOM, they jumped to a much higher level.

If you let your talent drive your skill you will reach the border of those skills. Your talent then tries to find a way through it. It can be frustrating because it feels like your going backwards, but stick with it and you'll end up jumping to a level you didn't even know you had.

I want to help you find those breakthroughs. You will take me there. Drawing should be and is fun. Over my years of experience I have found a ton of "tips and tricks" to show someone just the right thing they weren't seeing to help their drawing. But not every trick is right for every person. The place where we come from when we draw is very individual, understanding that is very important and I will give you the notes that are right for YOU.

A tip or a trick is really just a piece of the "language" of drawing. Talent can bring you far, but there are a set of visual rules. Your talent can find them on it's own, but sometimes that's not the strong suit of your particular talent. Gesture, perspective, balance of weight, these are all equivalent to sentence structure. How you utilize those sentences is the language. How you execute that language is your own voice, or personal style.


  1. Love this blog post! This is exactly what I've been going through. I feel like finally things are clicking for me and my drawings are getting better after pushing through the frustrations.

    1. That's great Ian! I'm so glad that the post spoke to you. It's a hard thing to be patient through if you don't know what's happening. If Drawniversity can help you out further, please drop me a line.