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Benefits of Drawing: Why Should You Draw?

Updated on April 11, 2014
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Creating Your Own Reality: Overview

For those of you who like the broken down version, or if you're the type to take notes.

  • Artists create their own reality
  • An artist's imagination is their limit
  • Nearly every individual experiences stress at one point in their life
  • Life sucks sometimes.
  • Escaping problems temporarily is ideal. Escaping problems indefinitely is immature
  • Art creates an escape to a new world, and helps you think clearly to overcome your problems

Creating Your Own Reality

I'm sure many of you have heard about books being used as an escape from reality, which, being a reader myself, is completely understandable. But when you're an artist, you don't just escape reality, you create your own.

What do I mean? - And artist's boundaries are limited only by their imagination. And since an individual's imagination is boundless, there is no reality that cannot be created.

But how is this beneficial? - Well that's an easy question. Haven't you ever wanted to escape the world because of an overwhelming amount of stress or anxiety? Nearly every individual in the world experiences an overwhelming amount of stress at one point in their life. It's simply an inevitable occurrence. Life just doesn't always go the way we want it to, and sometimes an escape is exactly what we need.

Of course, trying to escape your problems indefinitely is impossible, and even if it were, would be quite immature. We always have to face our problems to move on in life, but sometimes we need a little bit of time to escape the pressure in order to think clearly for a while.

Art is an escape route leading you into a new world. A world with no boundaries, where anything is possible. What could possibly be a better way to relieve stress than to forget about what's causing it? Even if it's only temporary, it allows you to think clearly so you can analyze the situation more carefully, which in turn helps you overcome the issue.

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Artistic Communication: Overview

  • Art is one of the most common forms of communication worldwide
  • Your children communicate through their artwork (Scribbles are artwork too, y'know)
  • Famous artists communicate their views through their artwork in galleries
  • Some art screams its meaning, whereas others are more difficult to grasp
  • Yep, I'm a Star Wars fan

Artistic Communication

So I know what you're thinking. "Communication? How could art be used for communication?" But it's actually one of the most used forms of communication in the world!

If you're a mother or father, I'm sure you've seen your child (of any age) attempt to create a drawing (or scribble) of some sort. Are they doing it just because it's fun? Sometimes, yes. But much of the time it's actually a form of communication to you or someone else. If you received a drawing of you, your spouse, and your child, take a look at the faces. Are they all smiling? If so, your child is likely either communicating what they've seen, or wish to see.

Lets go to the other end of the extreme. If you've ever been to an art gallery to stare jealousl... I mean admirably at the artwork there, you may have noticed a background story behind many of the paintings, sculptures, and other works of art. This is because the artist used their talent to communicate how they viewed that event or location.

Artists use their talent as a unique form of communication to the world, and remarkably, much of the world understands what the artist is trying to say, even if they don't entirely know what the artwork is. Of course, there are some cases when artwork isn't screaming "THIS IS WHAT I'M TRYING TO COMMUNICATE", and takes a lot more individual research into the artist's background to understand their message.

Just as an example, I bet many of you reading this hub already subconsciously know a little bit about myself. How? Because of what my drawings have communicated to you. Just to confirm your suspicions, yes, I'm a Star Wars fan. How on earth could you know that beforehand? I never said it before, and didn't really hint at it through my words, but rather through my artwork.

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The above image could be an example of artwork that has a much more difficult form of communication. If you looked into the profile of the artist (myself) you would discover that I have a sister that would love to own a Jeep someday.

Knowing my sister's love for them, I then decided to draw one for her. And now, she owns a jeep (even though it's paper)

Art Therapy

There's an increasingly large variety of therapies offered in our world today, and most of them are statistically proven to have a beneficial effect on the patients. Art therapy is one of the many which have provided positive results.

Talking about art being used in therapy at this point is basically only going to review what you've already learned. A therapist's job generally consists of getting their patient to communicate so they can help solve the problem. As we just discussed, artwork is a very common form of communication, and is sometimes an easier method of communication for some individuals. They don't have to be amazing artists, but perhaps they simply can't put their problems into words, and drawing allows them to speak without speaking. Which in turn allows the therapist to determine what the issue is, and help their patient overcome it.

But on top of the communication, the patient is also escaping the stress they're seeking to overcome by creating their own reality. Have you ever tried to focus on something so hard that you simply can't think about anything else? That's what art therapy helps you to do. You need to focus on what you're creating in order for it to turn out properly, which causes you to temporarily forget the issues at hand.

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Why Should You Draw?

If you've actually read everything in this hub, I'm certain you already know the answer to this question. But again, for those of you that prefer to get straight to the point, here's an overview of why you should start drawing.

  • Art creates an escape to a new world, and helps you think clearly to overcome your problems
  • Art is a form of communication, and can be a more accurate way to express your views and opinions
  • Art has therapeutic benefits, and can ultimately be used to help individuals get through struggles in their life.

If you liked the artwork I have in this hub, you can see more on my website at DezigningArt.com

Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards
Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards | Source

Get Started

If you're convinced that artwork can truly provide you with all of these remarkable benefits, then what are you waiting for? I've been drawing since before I can remember, and still do it as often as I am able.

I don't want to say that I'm happier than the average fellow just because I draw, but I certainly feel as though my artwork has helped me through a lot of tough times in my life. My artwork is my passion, and I'm proud to show it even when it's faulty.

I encourage all of you to continue (or start, if you haven't already) drawing, painting, sketching, sculpting, dancing, singing, or creating artwork of any form. I know there's already thousands upon thousands of artists out there, but It'd be better if there were thousands more.

If you're interested in the art of drawing, I definitely recommend "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. This book has helped me get to where I am today, and will help you to reach your inner artist's potential.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Drawing is very relaxing art especially if you love doing it. I use to draw at school i stopped in 2005-recently i started back i haven't done much but it felt so good to start over again.

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      Leon Moyer 3 years ago

      Thank you :) You'll have to share your drawings with me sometime! I love seeing the artwork of any fellow artist

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are really good. I have just started and faces basically are all I can do. Up and sharing.

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      retief2000 3 years ago

      Drawing teaches us patience and hones our observation skills, even if we are not particularly artistic. Even doodles are good for your eyes, hands, brain and heart.

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      Leon Moyer 3 years ago

      @Jackie, saying that you can only do faces is actually wonderful! Faces are the second most difficult thing for individuals to draw (hands being the first), simply because the logical side of the brain thinks it knows what the real thing should look like on paper. Keep up the drawing! :)

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      Leon Moyer 3 years ago

      @retief, this is true! It takes a lot of time and effort to create art (if it doesn't then usually it means we can do better), so assigning yourself the task of drawing something can improve your patience drastically.. or drive you insane. One of the two ;) Usually it's not the latter

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