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Drawing has many upsides you perhaps wouldn’t expect. As well as being a fun hobby that enables you to use art to express yourself, it can improve your ability to focus and may help you learn to look on the bright side of life. There’re plenty of other cool reasons drawing is a fabulous hobby, which we’ll explore in this post.
If you’ve been stuck in a rut recently, adding a touch of creativity to your life might be just what you need. And all you need to do to add it is start drawing.
Later, we’ll see how taking up this hobby could improve your brain function. First, though, we’ll talk about how drawing helps enhance your visualisation skills. Ready to discover some other surprising benefits of drawing? Read on to find out more.
Improves your visualisation skills
This is one of the most obvious upsides of engaging in this pastime. It can make you more observant of the world around you. As you learn more about drawing, you’ll begin to see how things individually connect and not only as a whole.
As an example, think about how you may look at a tree. Before you start drawing, you might see each part of the tree. After you’ve been drawing for a while, however, you’ll take notice of how each part of the tree connects to form a whole, and how each individual tree is different.
Having great visualisation skills can help you express emotions, by creating a visual representation of them.
Improves your focus
To get better at drawing, keep drawing the same thing until it starts to resemble the image you have in mind. To get to that point, you need to concentrate and block out any distractions.
By focusing on what you’re working on, you can begin to train your brain to focus quickly and easily on specific things. This will also make it easy for you to pay attention to finer details. This is a skill you can use in your everyday life and work.
It’s time to find out how drawing can improve your brain function.
Helps improve your brain function
When you draw, your brain is active. Multiple parts of your brain are at work, both the logical left side and the creative right side. Over time, this can make your brain work more efficiently.
Soon, we’ll explore how you can always increase your analytic skills through regular drawing. Next, we’ll discuss how it can unlock your creativity.
Increases your creativity
It’s no secret that drawing is a marvellous outlet for creativity. Through this art form, you can express yourself in creative new ways. You might even find you’re better able to find creative solutions to problems that crop up in your everyday life.
Drawing is a fabulous way to improve your hand-eye coordination
Have you considered trying to improve your hand-eye coordination by playing computer games? I’d urge you to try drawing, it may be a cheaper way to improve it. Drawing will help train your hands, eyes, and brain to work in concert with each other. As you continue to practice drawing, this coordination will come more easily to you, and you will be able to draw what you can see and imagine.
Next, let’s discover how this hobby can sharpen your analytical skills.
Enhance your analytical skills
You must pay attention when you draw, it’s much more than simply putting lines on paper. You need to decide things like where to draw lines, where to add curves and when to stop, and what perspective to draw from.
Many decisions you take are made subconsciously. Nevertheless, drawing often can help speed up your decision-making and serve to hone your problem-solving skills. As you can immediately identify mistakes when drawing, you could become better at spotting errors outside the realm of drawing.
Can be used as a form of meditation
Drawing can be therapeutic and put your mind at ease because it’s a personal experience that’s unique to you. In the normal run of things, a drawing is a representation of how you’re feeling at the present moment and serves as a reflection of yourself.
It can order chaotic thoughts and help clear your mind, which is part of what makes drawing so therapeutic. You become very aware of yourself when involved in drawing, which is why doing so can help you identify things in your life that are worrying you or stressing you out.
You can use drawing to get yourself into a state of flow. That’s the state in which you can escape and forget about time passing and just revel in the activity you’re engaged in. This can help reduce anxiety, steady the heartbeat, and calm the breathing.
Helps reduce stress
Those who find it hard to express emotion through physical actions or talking may find drawing the perfect medium through which to do so. You may feel, as you begin drawing that it helps you calm down because you can express yourself without fearing the judgment of others.
Who knows? You could even use it to transform negative emotions into positive ones. Having a little less stress and anxiety in your life sounds like a great reason to give drawing a go.
Having a project on the go can boost your mental health
One of the best ways to add a bit of happiness to your life is to have a long-term project to focus on. That’s because, when you’re working on a project you can be making constant progress towards a goal. This gives you a mental boost and can make you feel you’re on the road to achieving something, which can itself give you pleasure.
You could make your experience of learning how to draw and becoming better at it your own long-term project to get even more pleasure out of this pastime. After all, part of the beauty of art is that your quest is never quite finished. You can always improve, refine your technique, and learn more.
Now is the perfect time to find out more about the pleasure and fun you can derive from drawing.
It’s great fun and adds humour to your life
This can be fantastically fun even if you suck at it when you start out. It doesn’t matter how skilled or unskilled you are, finishing a drawing can give you tremendous satisfaction. From then on, whenever you look at that drawing, you’ll be reminded of the emotions expressed in the piece and the meaning behind it. In that way, you can get pleasure out of your work long after it’s complete.
If you can laugh at what you create, it can give you a marvellous uplift. Even if it’s rough around the edges, or totally wonky it can still raise a grin from family and friends. You don’t need to be a talented, skilled artist to have fun with drawing.
As time passes and you become more accomplished, you’ll also have the pleasure of knowing you’re improving.
Gives you greater self-confidence
Often, people don’t take up artistic hobbies because they feel they have no talent for their chosen pursuit and will never be good at it. That’s not true, of course. No one is born good at something, and we all have to acquire skills in life. Drawing is no different. It just takes patience and time to acquire the skill. That is part of what makes the journey to becoming better at drawing interesting and fulfilling. You can take joy in your own creations.
As you slowly become more confident in your ability to draw, you may find that you feel more confident in other areas of your life too.
Can help keep loneliness at bay
Drawing has the power to create bonds between strangers just as it can help strengthen bonds between friends and family. If you join a community of artists and other novices like you, you can go on a journey of discovery together. This need not be a solitary hobby if you don’t want it to be.
If you can’t find a group you fancy joining, why not set up your own What’s App group of friends who enjoy drawing? Either way, if you join a community of sorts, you can all support each other as you learn this new hobby, have fun, and develop your skills.
You can create weird, wonderful, and fantastical worlds through drawing
You can draw anything, from the weird and wonderful to the beautiful and fantastical. So, drawing helps remind us that, provided we have enough imagination, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
This may free you up and let you take fresh delight in the art you create.
So, there you have it. A whole bunch of cool reasons drawing is a fabulous hobby. So, whether you want to give your brain a workout, get better at spotting finer detail, ward off loneliness and get involved in a community, or have a bit of fun, drawing may be just the hobby for you. Get drawing today to discover what wonders you can create.