Understanding Talent Part 4

Talent must be nurtured and developed.

Sadly, the world is full of talented people who never pursue that which they love, because they understand talent to be some magical, elusive quality.

Many people arrive at the conclusion that talent is only available to individuals who were born with it. I disagree; I wasn’t “born” an artist. With the help of various books, I taught myself how to draw – and you can, too! Continue to explore and nurture your desire to draw. We all possess talent.

Most individuals are capable of developing superior skills in specific areas. Many persons, including individuals challenged by visual, physical, and mental limitations, enjoy drawing.

Luckily, I can see and have hands. Some people without hands have become successful artists by accepting the challenge of using their mouth or feet to hold their drawing tools. If you have some vision and a way to hold a pencil, the only obstacle left is making a commitment. With a better understanding of talent and ability, you begin to recognize that drawing can be one of your special skills.

Drawing means something different to everyone. It can mean the dictionary definition, or your own nonspecific definition, i.e.: The applying of an art medium to a surface so as to produce a visual image.

These words, however, don’t define drawing as it personally relates to you. What comes into your mind when you think of the word “drawing”? How do you define this word? Put on your thinking cap for a moment, and finish the following sentence:

To me, drawing is _______________.

With interest, patience and commitment, you can become as good at drawing as you wish. The most important thing is that you are actually drawing, making art, and communicating through and nurturing the artist within.

The joy of drawing is in the process, not the product.

Learning to draw adds a new and exciting activity to your life. The joy and personal satisfaction of creating a drawing is both your incentive and reward. The process of discovering this ability is enriching to all aspects of your life – as a means of expressing yourself, the language of art is a relaxing, stimulating and productive method of communication.

Your drawings illustrate your personal perceptions. Drawing challenges you to translate what you see into a non-verbal language. With only a few supplies and some basic skills, you soon find yourself taking pride in your new achievements.

Drawing is seeing.

Through your own eyes, as an artist, you appreciate everything around you from new perspectives, wherein you visually explore with a whole new purpose: discovering drawing subjects!

Drawing is more than simply rendering a specific object – it’s also visually defining your choice of subject from your own unique perspectives. No other person in the whole world is exactly like you.


During my 25-year career as a forensic artist, I was often asked to modify faces. These fun drawings of a dear friend (Dr. Rob) demonstrate these skills and all four drawings were rendered from a single photo. :o)

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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