Understanding Talent Part 2

“Talent” is a word often misunderstood.

Talented artists are often presented to us through movies, television, and media as magical and mysterious eccentrics. In the art world, you often hear critics hailing such things as random blobs of paint on a canvas, digital accidents, or even human excrement as “great works of art.”

If you’re anything like me, you struggle to understand this art. You’re often left scratching your head, amused and puzzled. The critics encourage you to believe that these artworks are the result of “extraordinary talent”. No wonder so many people believe that talent itself is magical, elusive, and not within the grasp of mere mortals such as us!

However, even the bizarre or zany stuff is usually great for a few giggles. There will always be artists who rely on shock value to achieve recognition. However, the general population seems to respect artists who demonstrate strong technical skills in their style of choice, whether representational, impressionistic, or abstract.

Talent is simply a process of self-discovery in which individuals acknowledge their interest and motivation to become exceptional in a specific area.

People are by far my favorite drawing subjects. This representational drawing was rendered with crosshatching almost 20 years ago of a very talented former student. :o)

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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