Very interesting thread!
I don't consider myself an artist by any stretch of the imagination. I can't draw very well either! I really truggle with a pencil or pen in my hand. I was raised to be practical, but alsways ended up playing as a kid with an over-active imagination! As I grew older, I lost some of that imaginative thinking process and well, I think that coupled with lack of art tuition etc resulted in a bit of an -un-artsy me!
I often look at art by others and find it fascinating the way people think! I would love to be able to pick up a pencil and just draw, but I do not have the skill or ability to put down on paper what's in my head. I can quite easily see images in my head, but I simply cannot translate it through my hands and onto paper.
I can, at a push, draw something if I look at it, but looking at Kurt and others draw is quite special.
I've recently attended a day long life drawing session, where we started with line and worked our way onto shading. It was a huge amount of fun and by the end of the day it felt like my brain was alien to me! The feeling of drawing for a while is quite uplifting and left me with a floating sensation. I went in not being able to draw and produced, by my standards, something not too bad for a fiirst go. Yes, there are some weird foreshortening bugger-ups, but with some time these could have been fixed...(Images attached, apologies for the artistic nudity, it was life drawing!!!)
I would encourage everyone to go for a least one life drawing session. It really is great!
Some people are lucky enough to be gifted with true artistic ability. Others try and learn the hard way.