Drawing can be a very rewarding experience and a valuable skill. As a graphic designer I feel it is a skill invaluable to the trade. I have had amazing opportunities because of illustration and I can't wait to see what I get to do in the future. All this being said I want to be honest. It isn't easy.
Illustration is a persute in which the longer you practice, the less people can spot your mistakes. Now, that might sound a little scary and a bit intimidating, but I know for me, it's the one thing that keeps me going. I love the pursuit of something so hard to attain. To be frank, I'm afraid we will never stop making mistakes. We only get better and more efficient at hiding the mistakes we make. Even better, if we are lucky, we might learn to embrace our mistakes and start creating lines that nobody has ever seen! That is what I believe art is all about. I have always thought, art is not about making something look like a picture (cameras stole that from us long ago). It's about making someone feel, that's the difficult part.
This being said, you don't have to be the best at drawing, Instead I urge you to strive to be the best at communicating. That, I believe is where the magic happens. The best part is, we have all been learning to communicate and share our ideas since we were born. In that sense, we're all on the same playing field. Illustration is simply a tool (a good one) to communicate to your audience.
anyone can do it if they put the time in. There are people out there like Larime Taylor, who remind me, with enough practice you can do anything with illustration. If you look him up you will realize he is a phenomenal illustrator and that he is published by Image comics. But if you dig a small amount further you find that he suffers from arthrogryposis, a disease leaving his hands paralyzed... That's right, He makes better illustrations with his mouth, then most people can do with their hands. It's both amazing and inspiring. Illustration wasn't a gift. It was not easy for him. It wasn't that drawing with his mouth is easier and that you too, should also draw with Your mouth. It's that he has spent that much time figuring it out. I beleive that if he can do it, We have no more excuses.
Designer & Illustrator