“We learn by doing.” –Aristotle
People often say things like “I wish I could draw.” And I always think: You can. It’s just the knowing where to begin that’s the hardest part.
We all draw as children. And, like all things, we develop and get better.
I began drawing people in my teens, sketching my favourite pop stars from Smash Hits magazine. At sixteen, I went from school to fashion college to university; graduating in 1997 with a fashion degree. And I’ve been drawing fashion ever since.
After a 10-year career in fashion PR, I thought about becoming an art teacher, so, I took a teaching course. For my final exam, I taught the rest of the class how to draw fashion—one of my fellow students was actually an art teacher, so the pressure was on!
Almost everyone in my lesson had serious reservations about drawing, saying things like “I can’t draw, I only draw stick men.” Yet within thirty minutes, everyone had a fashion illustration they were surprisingly delighted with.
Even the art teacher said he learnt something new that day. And so did I; I realised that I could teach fashion illustration to creatives and non-creatives alike. And that, one day, I definitely would.
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