Creativeness is talent, pure talent—and guess what? YOU have it

by Jeremy Spenser
(FT Collins)

Pen & Ink Drawing of Parrot head

Pen & Ink Drawing of Parrot head

Over the past months, I've had several comments and requests like "I love to draw but I have no real talent!" You may be surprised to know that we ALL have the talent to be creative in any area or form of art. Grab yourself and pencil and start!

Have a look at your earliest drawings as a kid, remember you had no inhibitions, just drew with pleasure and did not even think if it was good or bad. You did not try and please your parents or teacher in early grades because it was pure fun to draw and paint!

As I've mentioned before; creativeness is talent, pure talent—and guess what? YOU have it.

Yeah, I know, our talents were squashed Mrs. Right, our art teacher, who told us how to draw with "Trees were not like that and grass is not red!" And so you adjusted to these "Teacher knows best because she is a teacher and she is older."

This began to inhibit your creativeness and you felt your drawings were not up to scratch—even though the fridge door at home was plastered with your drawings—with mom and dad thinking they were GREAT (and they WERE!)

As the teacher "Knew best," your thoughts turned into self-invalidation (putting yourself down as having no talent and dreading that next art lesson.) Not all teachers are like this of course who allow your inert talents to emerge and blossom out.

If you have been one of the unlucky ones who has been suppressed either by teacher or parents or both, then you isolate yourself from them (go into your own space,) get out your sketchbook (you have sketchbooks don't you?) and start drawing.

A good place to start is by doodling. Let your pencil or pen wander all over your paper WITHOUT THINKING about anything. Spend about half an hour doodling then put your sketchbook away and do something else.

Okay, you've had a day's break from your doodles, take a peek at it and see if you can imagine a face, a house, a tree, a monster or whatever. Now isolate those forms you think can make up a face. Re-draw that image on a new page but do not try and follow your lines or scribbles exactly, draw it in more or less as you see it.

At this stage you should have a CREATIVE do an assessment and rate it on a scale of one to ten (ten being top class.) Be honest with yourself and if YOU feel it is below 5 then do this exercise all over again. But, as they say, don’t sweat the small stuff!

If you rate yourself above 5 then start doodling again--but now think about something SPECIFIC, like a face, a car or anything. Now do the exercise again once you have doodled this specific thought...put your sketchbook aside for awhile then "rate" it again.

If you do this a few times, your creativeness will emerge and now you’ll know it is good.

Show your friends, we’ll chat soon.

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