Why people believe they can’t draw - and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull

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  • Published on Mar 31, 2015
  • Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion - quite literally - in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world.
    Graham specialises in the art of communication and has helped thousands of people to make important presentations. He is perhaps best known for his use of fast cartoon drawings to communicate ideas and is the author of ‘The Art of Business Communication’.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • Russ Wright
    Russ Wright Year ago +6937

    All Teachers should be like this. When I was 13, we were all drawing in class and I drew a simple tree. Very simple. Lol. My Teacher seen it and put it up for everyone to see. She praised me and my drawing in front of the whole class. I got compliments from almost everyone. I'm 52 now and I draw what is called Hyper-realistic drawings/art and I also do graphic art design. I have designed many logos for different companies. I wish I could find that Teacher. I would draw her a forest of trees and thank her for being such a wonderful Teacher and inspiration to me!
    Edit: Thank you all for the likes. It's much appreciated!

    • Brenda J Brookshire Owens
      Brenda J Brookshire Owens Day ago

      Indeed, Russ. I will always remember & honor the teachers who encouraged my creative efforts. Just that kindness...is what gave me the confidence to find ways to make a living doing art projects...and that make me very happy.

    • Russ Wright
      Russ Wright 2 months ago

      @Nora universe India If you can sing, you should show it to everyone! Both of my boys are amazing singers. I wish I could sing. I'm jealous!

    • Christopher Molnar
      Christopher Molnar 2 months ago

      @Russ Wright learn how to upload your art to opensea, if you want hel, I can help ya

    • Russ Wright
      Russ Wright 2 months ago +1

      @Christopher Molnar I don't know what that is.

    • Christopher Molnar
      Christopher Molnar 2 months ago

      do you make nfts?

  • Dhruv Gupta
    Dhruv Gupta Year ago +5404

    He looks smart, he should start amazon or something

    • Kalphalus
      Kalphalus 6 days ago

      Bruh. Amazon is ongoing. He cant make it

    • Ol.Iv.
      Ol.Iv. 19 days ago

      True lol,he could walk into Jeff's office with his badge on and ppl won't notice nuthin' lmao

    • habby h
      habby h 20 days ago

      It already exists

    • Ira Devi
      Ira Devi Month ago

      Got it 🤣

    • Heretics shall be cleansed
      Heretics shall be cleansed Month ago

      lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Kelvin McDonald
    Kelvin McDonald Year ago +5547

    Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
    ~wisdom~

    • Nothing🦋⃝Special♪
      Nothing🦋⃝Special♪ 3 months ago

      *RIP Arts🤪🔫*
      Let's talk about *financial education🤦‍♂️🤑💜*

    • Darren Ashley
      Darren Ashley 4 months ago +1

      I like your quote. If we had a go at most things we think we cant do and reached the cartoon stage we would be on the way to success. Eureka. Thanks for that.

    • Till Lindemann
      Till Lindemann 5 months ago +1

      Nice sentence

    • Totaly NOT Catherine
      Totaly NOT Catherine 5 months ago

      Suzy Kassem said it.

    • Charlie Draws
      Charlie Draws 6 months ago

      that is soo true I am 9 and I am a god at art and I mean a god

  • Fallençcyar
    Fallençcyar 6 months ago +703

    This really proves that art isn’t something you just have, it’s something you learn.

    • Tommaso
      Tommaso 4 months ago

      @Marina Diaz of course but i meant another concept. It's not enough to just draw something for creating art.

    • Marina Diaz
      Marina Diaz 4 months ago

      @Tommaso art is a very broad spectrum. Drawing is on the spectrum

    • Patricia Noll
      Patricia Noll 5 months ago

      Need a good teacher lol

    • RoyalAza
      RoyalAza 6 months ago +1

      @Fallençcyar no worries. Have a good day

    • Fallençcyar
      Fallençcyar 6 months ago

      @RoyalAza I think I just did a bad job explaining, added to the fact that my opinions had been changed slightly since making the original comment. I was trying to make an explanation in a roundabout way so I wouldn’t contradict myself.
      Also… English is my first language but I go to a French school so my English grammar may be a bit off.

  • Spidey Storm
    Spidey Storm Year ago +452

    He is not only giving hope that you also can draw,
    He is giving hope that you can achieve big things, all you need to do is atleast start it....❤️

  • Hair Glowing Kyle
    Hair Glowing Kyle 3 years ago +15544

    "Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up"
    -Pablo Picasso

    • MYTHICAL SAMURAI
      MYTHICAL SAMURAI 4 months ago

      exactly, i lost my inner artist long ago

    • Natalie Lars
      Natalie Lars 4 months ago

      @Joy Udodi be artist don't mean be good

    • Young Boss
      Young Boss 4 months ago

      Brilliant

    • Joy Udodi
      Joy Udodi 5 months ago

      Picasso was wrong, I wasn't an artist as a child, I'm actually better now than then, and I'm not that good

    • allabout perspective
      allabout perspective 6 months ago

      The best compliment on some work I did was ''It looks horrible just like the work from a child in kindergarten'' I didn't like the person who said it but I loved her sincerity.

  • Ihaveanaxe
    Ihaveanaxe 6 months ago +98

    As an artist, I will say, these are actually great drawings! If you aren’t an artist and you were thinking “oh well, no one would actually like this anyways” (idk if anyone would actually say that, but that’s smth I would say tbh) if I saw this, I would genuinely love seeing these. If I could get my own portrait in this style, I would genuinely frame it on my wall. I genuinely adore this type of art style, idk why, but I love it.

    • Surmabrander
      Surmabrander 4 months ago +7

      « Simplicity is the supreme sophistication »

  • Aditya Madheshiya
    Aditya Madheshiya 11 months ago +1302

    I've never thought that Jeff Bezos would be such a great artist.

    • Aditya Madheshiya
      Aditya Madheshiya 5 months ago

      @Tj thank :P

    • Tj
      Tj 5 months ago +1

      1,000th like!

    • s7
      s7 5 months ago

      @Nqobile Khumalo yehhh😭

    • We play newschool
      We play newschool 5 months ago

      @Archibard Gale legendary Interview

    • JOS JLN
      JOS JLN 6 months ago

      Jajaja es igualito

  • Krystal Hooper
    Krystal Hooper 8 months ago +43

    What I like about this is that the point of drawing these characters isn’t to make something perfect or realistic, but just to make something. People are so scared of drawing, but everyone in the audience is learning to laugh about it and to have fun with it, which disarms the fear of failure. So wholesome

  • Falk Heck
    Falk Heck 6 months ago +48

    I draw for fun, and if you're young or just starting off you should try to remember this:
    Grades in school mean next to nothing, if you get a bad grade in arts don't let that destroy your interest in it.
    This nearly happened to me, but luckily I was able to avoid it.
    Extra note: Always finish a drawing, I personally keep all drawings in a little notebook with their date of when I drew them. While you're drawing something you might believe that it isn't good, or that you can do better but if you finish the drawing and look at it again a few months/years later you'll be able to look at it in a different way and truly appreciate it.
    I also love sharing my drawings with someone, it's not needed to have fun but it personally makes me motivated to get even better, and the feedback/compliments you'll receive will be really helpful :)

    • Advocate
      Advocate 7 days ago

      School made me lose all drive and belief in myself to do art but I still want to pursue it, so i'm trying but its hard to get out of that mindset

  • mari f
    mari f Year ago +2343

    this video is so pure. i bet all the adults there giggling are remembering what it felt like to draw when they were children. this gives me hope in humanity honestly

    • Serendipity🖖🏿
      Serendipity🖖🏿 Year ago

      🥺 so true

    • natedor
      natedor Year ago +10

      @Drummer K You need to get educated my guy

    • Kayla
      Kayla Year ago

      Yeah 😊

    • Ghosty
      Ghosty Year ago +16

      @Drummer K the only reason covid hasn't killed significantly more than the flu is because of the measures we are taking to prevent spreading. It still has killed way more than the regular flue, if it hasn't in your data, you may be cherry picking.

  • s0lastsummer7
    s0lastsummer7 8 months ago +64

    The only reason I grew up a skilled artist is because I was encouraged when I was slightly better than my peers as a child. That tiny edge caught and I was showered with praise for it (and ONLY it lol), so I kept doing it. Practice makes progress.

  • Kele Martins
    Kele Martins 6 months ago +7

    I've always thought I couldn't draw even though I've always been fascinated by drawing, painting and art in general. Recently, I've thought if I decided to learn how to draw how could I start? Well, I came across this TED talk then and I learned a lot more than about drawing but about challenging our beliefs. Such a powerful message!

  • -Amber-
    -Amber- 6 months ago +126

    He looks like a teacher that would actually help you when you’re sad, unlike someone. **cough**counselor**cough**

  • SecondBreakfast
    SecondBreakfast 7 months ago +36

    Being a good artist starts with being able to break things down into shapes. He's got the right of it.

  • Gatlina
    Gatlina 10 months ago +392

    Me: Damn being a comedian must be hard
    This guy: So let's call this character Pa-
    Audience: HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

    • Marina Diaz
      Marina Diaz 4 months ago

      I don’t get how Pam was funnier than Jeff

    • Elka Katz
      Elka Katz 5 months ago +1

      @Emanuel Falcao @Gatlina that's how to be a comedian, make them draw something

    • Sania Naqvi
      Sania Naqvi 5 months ago +2

      @Emanuel Falcao I don’t blame them, I would too lol

    • Emanuel Falcao
      Emanuel Falcao 5 months ago +7

      I think the audience is laughing about the results of their drawings.

    • Sania Naqvi
      Sania Naqvi 6 months ago +2

      @Kirby Star maybe, you never know

  • Rithikka Jayakumar
    Rithikka Jayakumar 6 months ago +15

    Man, as a kid I always thought that my drawings were masterpiece and I was good at it, but now looking back at my sketchbooks I realized how bad it actually was, but yet my teachers and parents motivated me. And now I'm way better at art and I'm very happy I didn't give up lol

  • Marcy Thobaben
    Marcy Thobaben 2 months ago +3

    WONDERFUL reminder that it is WE who limits ourselves! I am semi-retired and wanted to challenge myself with a rather difficult art medium, watercolors. I have little talent for doing original paintings, but I am surprising myself at how well I can copy (for my own enjoyment). Now I want to do more challenging things, especially after seeing this humble man prove to me I CAN do what I thought I couldn't! Thank you, Sir!

  • Noelle Denise Matias
    Noelle Denise Matias 2 months ago

    This makes me feel better when I dont think I can draw any better. I keep smiling to this video! 😁
    Its helpful so you can be motivated and the video said "You can draw."
    I love this video 💖

  • Quirky LARP
    Quirky LARP 3 years ago +5562

    Teacher: Draw yourself
    *Draws horribly*
    Teacher: Perfect

    • Shon sen Jaime
      Shon sen Jaime 11 months ago

      @lydia yes, altough what you said was true, a little bit if a judgement won't hurt. And it could help you move forward, like teaching your kids a lesson for example, it helps more rather than allways offering them a treat after they've done it. Both works but judgement also helps altough getting too much does indeed make your motivation go away. It could either help you, or make you lose motivation.

    • sleepygal
      sleepygal Year ago

      Are you drawing the word horribly or drawing yourself horroribly?

    • KiraNix
      KiraNix Year ago

      k

    • Eternal
      Eternal Year ago

      ["10/25/20, Observing what we believe in happens. And for humans original created as Eternal Beings just picked up mutations along the way, for example👉aging & death. So its time to claim our true divine essence. "I Am Eternal Youth and Eternal Life." And oh yes we can in these Times of Transparency, Awakening and Juvenation. Ain't nothing or no one stopping humanity now. Its a Done Deal.
      Ta A'jha-in'ta DO'-A
      Ta A'jha-in'ta DO'-A
      Ta A'jha-in'ta DO'-A.
      (DivanaA'yhea)"]

    • Quirky LARP
      Quirky LARP 2 years ago +1

      @blackheavyblans yea thats the whole point.

  • highoncola
    highoncola 7 months ago +3

    Wish this kind of teacher I had in my childhood ....people like this man can actually curve out the passion of learning in students

  • Eric Bellingham
    Eric Bellingham 10 months ago

    Great presentation made even better by the last shared thought. Thanks for all your work. Also, the things that cause the most anxiety can often be the most rewarding

  • Kris Dakovic (Foxy Marketer)

    This is the best drawing course I watched in years. This helped me tremendously and opened up so many new possibilities to do in combination with my digital art and whiteboard animation.

  • FROS7AO
    FROS7AO 6 months ago +1

    Hoje cedo eu tava me questionando sobre sabermos fazer tudo pelo fato que aprendemos, e o simples exemplo, é desenhar, na escola quando criança todos eram incentivados a desenhar desde sua casa, até bandeiras de países, todo desenho tem sua forma de ser feita basta aprender, assim como qualquer coisa na vida, o resto é ser criativo.

  • Cashmere Sky
    Cashmere Sky 6 years ago +3204

    Despite some opinions seeing this video as a "connect the dots" or "paint by numbers" method, it's more about the mentality and limits people are challenged with. The end of the video is the most important part of being an artist. This guy gets it. The entirety of this video is just to give the masses the lens to finally see what is possible in all of us....drawing or anything else.

    • Katelyn
      Katelyn 3 years ago

      Very true. He showed me that I can in fact draw, just don't know how to - which implies that I can if I chose to learn and practice.

    • Cqzmic
      Cqzmic 4 years ago

      +ᅳᅳ yes you can, you just don't want to draw.

    • Homo Sapien
      Homo Sapien 4 years ago

      3563

    • NoCopyrightMusic
      NoCopyrightMusic 4 years ago

      fxscreamer

    • Alison Mann
      Alison Mann 4 years ago +1

      true...we create our own limitations....

  • Danka42JesusIsMyHero
    Danka42JesusIsMyHero 6 months ago +7

    It's been half an hour, I'm still scribbling cartoons. Haven't had this much fun drawing for at least 15 years.

  • Graça Maria
    Graça Maria 4 months ago

    Maravilhoso! Parabéns!
    Brazil !

  • André Zárate
    André Zárate 6 months ago +5

    Really enjoyed this TED Talk. The last quote he said was pretty accurate, I will keep that in mind as anybody need to do.

  • Ashwini Deshpande
    Ashwini Deshpande Year ago +1

    Such a simple thought, yet very intense meaning. This gentleman nailed it!

  • 青鬼TV
    青鬼TV 5 years ago +9548

    I always feel like I'm invincible after these TED Talks! (at least for a couple of hours )

  • Lara Santos
    Lara Santos 10 months ago

    Awesome!! I loved this TEDTalk! Very inspiring, uplifting and funny!!

  • Charmendo
    Charmendo 4 months ago +3

    I always feel like I'm invincible after these TED Talks! (at least for a couple of hours )

  • Myrna
    Myrna 11 months ago

    Incrível ❤️

  • Chanchana Sornsoontorn
    Chanchana Sornsoontorn 9 months ago +36

    14:13 what's amazing to me is how can he summarize Einstein face into a few easy-to-draw lines like that?

  • William Walker
    William Walker Year ago +2078

    Lol I thought he was actually gonna explain the psychology or something but he literally just taught everyone how to draw XD

  • Oresh Khan
    Oresh Khan Year ago

    Of all the ted talk videos I've seen this is the most useful one. Thank you Mr. Graham Shaw for teaching me how to draw.

  • Alishba Ahmad
    Alishba Ahmad 8 months ago +4

    It’s a great video which crates the confidence in us that we have the ability to draw . Great man! 💕💕💕

  • atassano2001
    atassano2001 5 months ago

    Thank you very much. Our thoughts of fear, and auto limitation stops us always. You have show us that it is possible to jump the fence!!

  • Narinder Kumar
    Narinder Kumar Year ago +6

    Now this is called a real drawing. I really appreciate the way he teaches.god bless u

  • Malumute Dawgs
    Malumute Dawgs Year ago +5098

    I drew a human once and my dad said "that's a great looking dog, sweetheart, keep going."
    I'm dead inside

    • SABER SALEM
      SABER SALEM Year ago

      Hahaha it's funny joke...but never give up. Drowning more and more noises

    • Monica Schultz
      Monica Schultz Year ago

      Don’t be dead he clearly said it’s a great looking dog! It doesn’t matter what it was supposed to be it looked good and it looked like something he don’t need to know it was supposed to be a human own it!

    • ddgandme
      ddgandme Year ago

      It was encouraging

    • promise
      promise Year ago

      JFHGHDJD this sounds like something my dad would say if i ever showed him my drawings 😭 im afraid they wont know what ive drawn so i keep all my art hidden from everyone 😫✋

    • Mack Ally
      Mack Ally Year ago

      Hahaha that’s amazing 😉

  • Annie Cima
    Annie Cima Month ago

    Thank you for this video. This is how a teacher should be. I am hoping to learn how to draw and it does feel daunting. Thanks to the video this now seems a bit more feasible and fun.

  • CharlyziWithrow !
    CharlyziWithrow ! 6 days ago

    Works thank you your unbelievable and a wonderful talented gifted man bless your heart for making smiles possible with drawings by our own hand confidence I gained :) im sure others did as well . Simply taught and a lot of fun . Thank you for the time and tutorial, I’ll be sure to continue as well as share with others . Great job high five 🖐

  • Aafia The RiSinG sTar ⭐

    Oh I can't jus believe this session is 6 years old n now I am 18 and I can draw I cant believe that is what sir you told us to think differently about our limitations
    Thankuu so much I am an Indian and really blessed to see such session 🥰🥰👀👀👀
    Waao just amazing one I think if the dub of this will available to entire world nothing will be more worth than that...
    Thanku to ❤TED thnku
    Spread positivity with positive vibes...🤩🥰

  • Michele Fisher
    Michele Fisher 2 months ago

    Thank you! I was so moved hearing about your group! This TedX is by far. my favourite! ✌️

  • Durp D Durke
    Durp D Durke 4 years ago +3536

    No artist will say their drawing is the best, because in their eyes they could be better.
    They can be satisfied with an artwork, but still think that it could be better.

    • 𓄹 🦋 𝓘𝓼𝓪 𓏲
      𓄹 🦋 𝓘𝓼𝓪 𓏲 7 months ago

      Yes, that happens to me too, it helps me try to improve and learn more

    • ClaudiousMaximus
      ClaudiousMaximus 3 years ago

      Da Dragon Durp my drawings are the best

    • Ren Playz
      Ren Playz 3 years ago

      Bruh u a furry?

    • Awesome Chaos
      Awesome Chaos 4 years ago

      Yes, for it is this that inspires one to draw better. As for in any skill, the inspiration to practice is to achieve a better ability of the skill.

    • MythologyBoy101
      MythologyBoy101 4 years ago

      Its my OCD....

  • Muhammad Abdullah Ensari

    The way he built the narrative for the end message.... just brilliant

  • SavannahSucksatdrawing
    SavannahSucksatdrawing 10 months ago

    This man has my whole heart

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep Year ago

    I just wanted to say that I truly love this video. I have been thinking this way for quite some time now and it has completely changed my life. It is so inspiring to see someone else who truly wants to help people. Thank you!!

  • Franmary Johanna De jesus
    Franmary Johanna De jesus 8 months ago +3

    I love this man encouraging people to learn how to draw. Thanks for the info.

  • DJcyberslash
    DJcyberslash 6 months ago

    I loved this Ted X talk. So good and inspirational

  • Hour Science
    Hour Science 11 months ago

    this guy is doing very excellent work...
    A GREAT RESPECT TO HIM

  • Tiktok challenge
    Tiktok challenge 4 months ago

    I really enjoyed. I feel like I'm talented in any field. Thank u for valuable lesson

  • DRAW WITH ASRAR
    DRAW WITH ASRAR 5 months ago

    Very nice video, inspiring for many beginners who never went to art schools ever. 🙂

  • Robert
    Robert 2 years ago +1456

    The most important thing to learn when trying to draw, is to fully incorporate the White of the paper you're drawing on. What I mean is this - When we try to draw, for example a human head and face, or maybe a cat, dog etc, we draw the full shape, i.e. we draw a full circle for the head and try to add things to it, or we draw the full shape of a cat and then try to add a tail etc, but what Graham Shaw wants us to realize, and something I realized after seeing countless of videos etc, is that you don't need to draw the full shape, but rather, you need to utilize the White of the paper. Just like in the video, you draw a few lines where you want the neck to be, or the ears to be etc, and then the rest of it is already filled in by the White background of the paper. This is the biggest barrier that most people have when it comes to drawing. A person needs to realize that most drawings create the illusion that a full picture is in front of you, even though its just a few drawn lines that represent the basic shape of an object, and then the paper itself fills in the rest and creates a full image. Everything is in the imagination. When you draw, you should be relaxed and not overthink it. It takes practice, and of course, a lot of imagination, but this video is correct, everyone can draw, you just have to realize that a lot of drawings are creating the illusion of a full picture, even if only a few lines exist on the paper itself :) (I know this comment is a repost, I do it on purpose so that new people can find it easier)

    • Robert
      Robert 2 years ago

      @Cheesecake I just did some quick research and you are absolutely right. Thank you for making me learn about these specific terms. Its good to know the actual terms of those two distinct spaces in a drawing. I suppose it can be said that a drawing is composed of both the negative and positive space. That is of course logical, but I say it because if we go back to my original comment, many people focus mainly on the positive space i.e. the object, and we fail to notice or understand that in actuality, the negative space gives the most details and makes the whole drawing become full, while the object/positive space is done with just a few simple strokes/outlines, as is said in my comment and as well as in the video itself. So again, thank you for giving even more detail and understand about this particular subject :)

    • Cheesecake
      Cheesecake 2 years ago +2

      Negative space or white space. It's taught in art schools. It can be utilized in different ways. Another way it can be useful is for more advanced learners drawing figures. If you can't draw a figure with its 'positive space', you look at the negative space and use that as a reference.

    • GhostRider2224
      GhostRider2224 2 years ago +1

      Robert your comment is like level 2 of this video

    • Fathima Jami
      Fathima Jami 2 years ago +1

      Oh man this might have taken long for you to type this comment
      Btw amazing!

    • MS
      MS 2 years ago +1

      Thanks this is very helpful

  • Piyush Nichat
    Piyush Nichat Year ago +2

    When TED Talks used to be full of value!

  • Rohan chakraborty
    Rohan chakraborty Year ago +2

    This is the video where I believe I can draw and now drawing has became a therapy for me. Thank you!

  • EDILMA PARRIÃO
    EDILMA PARRIÃO 10 months ago

    Muito legal. Obrigada.

  • Natasha Narushev
    Natasha Narushev 9 months ago +4

    I dont understand why anyone would give this a thumbs downs.

  • Penguin McSwaggn
    Penguin McSwaggn 2 years ago +5088

    I was really hoping he would suddenly go full bob ross on them and just start making a masterpiece in seconds and just keep saying a line right there

    • the mechanic 22
      the mechanic 22 2 months ago +2

      @JoeNoobie because everybody needs a little friend.

    • JoeNoobie
      JoeNoobie Year ago +3

      @Frank Benlin and maybe he has a little friend... here.

    • Dawwwg Online
      Dawwwg Online 2 years ago +7

      @Frank Benlin Don't forget about the happy little accidents, Bob loved those !

    • Frank Benlin
      Frank Benlin 2 years ago +12

      And we're going to have a little rock that lives..... right here.

    • Alexandra Bonam
      Alexandra Bonam 2 years ago +6

      Happy little tree

  • Bulldogg6404
    Bulldogg6404 Year ago

    In my experience, a person who is asked if they can do will judge their ability to **meet their own expectations of success**.
    If you ask the audience, "Who thinks they can throw a ball?" the audience is probably going to have quite a few hands raised in it because most people have fairly low expectations of what it means to successfully release a ball from their hand. But then, if you asked the same audience, "Who thinks they can *pitch* a ball?" you're virtually guaranteed to have fewer hands raised, because in general the expectations for successfully pitching a ball are much higher than they are for just throwing one.
    I believe that the 99% of people who didn't raise their hands are an accurate representation of the general population in believing they cannot meet their own expectations when drawing, because I think we collectively have higher expectations (and more expectations) than what Mr. Shaw demonstrated here.

  • Jaafar Mohamed Amine

    Thank You Graham ,You have really done a great show !

  • Van Nguyen
    Van Nguyen 8 months ago

    So inspirational, i love it !!!

  • Ali Chehab
    Ali Chehab Year ago

    I always feel like I'm invincible after these TED Talks! (at least for a couple of hours )

  • ArcticoFolf
    ArcticoFolf 2 years ago +8371

    It’s not that I think I can’t draw, its that I can’t draw *well*

    • Marina Diaz
      Marina Diaz 4 months ago

      @Bazzman I strongly disagree. The main reason I’ve been unmotivated is because my sister has always been good at drawing. She was that kid who constantly drew in her notebook for fun. FOR FUN. Never to get it perfect. It just came out right!

    • 𓄹 🦋 𝓘𝓼𝓪 𓏲
      𓄹 🦋 𝓘𝓼𝓪 𓏲 7 months ago

      @adxmartistic
      It depends man, if you drawn when you were 5 years old, that's not exactly going to be your art style.
      The right thing is not to follow tutorials, but to study how anatomy proportions work in the basic way. If someone wants to draw a person, they need to know the proportions of human anatomy.
      And if you look at professional artists, such as those who work on famous animations, all the drawings have a unique style, but follow basic anatomical proportions.
      And many don't know what their art style is like. I didn't know it myself, until I saw some artists and I saw that my style is similar in some parts, that's how I could identify how I like it.

    • Crashgen
      Crashgen 10 months ago

      @Zhonatan Jo that can only get you so far, you're not born with it, some may understand it a little bit more than another. But in the end you have to work for it, even those 6-year-olds that do amazing realistic paintings got training everyone has to learn skills in fundamentals and whatever trade you're doing, especially art

    • Amir027
      Amir027 10 months ago

      @alveo maledictus do you use references while you practice drawing?

    • Amir027
      Amir027 10 months ago

      @alveo maledictus watch Ethan becker, use references, learn fundamentals

  • Marcelo Araujo
    Marcelo Araujo Year ago +2

    Muito bom!!! Um Nordestino por aqui!!!🏜️🇧🇷. Acho que vou voltar a desenhar. Vou começar pelo Spike!

  • Health Explained
    Health Explained 5 months ago +1

    15:02 As someone who’s growing up thinking I can’t draw. This guy has utterly proved me wrong.

  • Kevin Foley
    Kevin Foley 6 months ago +1

    i never thought I could draw, but this has opened my eyes up, I always thought of art as drawing apples and vases n stuff, but hey cartoons are art as well

  • Margaret Roper
    Margaret Roper 11 months ago +4

    Enjoyed this talk very much even tried to draw spike with my left hand and managed quite well . Thank you x

  • Justin
    Justin 2 years ago +4084

    People can’t draw because they don’t know where to put the lines without instruction

    • That ©opyright
      That ©opyright 9 months ago

      tHis.

    • LF305
      LF305 11 months ago

      @Forest Denizen Ya I had a conversation with my sister and I brought up imaging something in my head and being able to see and she just said “ya I can’t do that” it turns out another one of my sisters can’t either but my mom can. I was very surprised because my sister who I was talking to at the time is an amazing artist and I don’t know how she does it

    • varshika
      varshika 11 months ago

      Yeah it by creativity

    • D Dehggial
      D Dehggial 11 months ago

      @Euri913 yes but when you get better and want it all to look stylish, line does start to matter. You're right you shouldn't worry when you're just starting.

    • Euri913
      Euri913 Year ago

      The thing is line isnt important and it makes everything trickier! Its shapes and forms. Scribbling to gradually create a shape will help you improve your skill.

  • Sagma Ks
    Sagma Ks Year ago

    Found this video once again😱... this video made me to draw & improve a lot...All I wanted to say is... Thank you💜

  • DnarxusYT
    DnarxusYT 5 months ago

    That's true. Like Mathematics, Communication, Drawing and any other form of arts are skills that can be learned. It's like the saying that we have in our place, "You'll never know how good you are at Math, unless you do more Maths."
    Because learning a skill consumes time and effort. The problem is that we easily give up, we lack motivation, or we're uninterested.

  • Raja Muhammad Ali
    Raja Muhammad Ali Year ago +136

    Love how TheXvid introduces us to masterpieces from 6 years back

  • Kushagra Mishra
    Kushagra Mishra Year ago +1

    Man that was just so cool!
    It's like a block has just vanished from my mind
    Thanks a million sir and keep up the great work

  • BBROPHOTO
    BBROPHOTO 4 years ago +2607

    A lot of people are missing the point of his presentation, his closing statement is what it's all about. It's not necessarily about the style or anything to do with the drawings, but the limitations people carry with them instead of challenging themselves.

    • dmaa88
      dmaa88 3 years ago

      Agreed, but the use of this particular analogy, is terrible.

    • Krytern
      Krytern 3 years ago

      trojan - I know someone who's art teachers refused to give people an A grade people "nothing is perfect".

    • Starry's Light
      Starry's Light 3 years ago +1

      BearFlipsTable
      Buddy, you have to learn how to accept your own art skills, the opinions of others are gonna change depending on the person and relying too much on them can severely break your spirit - and I know from personal experience!! I have an art teacher who treats a certain type of art like it's superior to other types and it's frustrating being one of the kids who wants to do more than that one type.
      I know it's not easy but you have to try to find validation in your art ^^

    • Someone
      Someone 3 years ago

      YeH

    • ana teixeira
      ana teixeira 3 years ago +3

      @BearFlipsTable and why do you need an youtube video to give you some closure that you can actually draw? Don't seek approval from people, seek advices and practice, a lot.

  • Renee Haug
    Renee Haug Year ago

    I work with people who suffer from aphasia and this video has inspired me to create a similar program for them. Thank you so much.

  • Godlin Daffodil
    Godlin Daffodil 10 months ago +5

    That was a beautiful message with powerful and practical illustration!

  • oscar p
    oscar p 6 months ago +2

    no solo me enseña como dibujar mejor, tambien aprendo ingles :)

  • Hotel CharliHill
    Hotel CharliHill 8 months ago +5

    Thank you. I am now able to draw a portrait of my wife for our anniversary because she has always wanted me to do something romantic.

  • Raye's a Fan
    Raye's a Fan 2 years ago +2879

    He seems too wholesome for this world.

    • Raye's a Fan
      Raye's a Fan 2 years ago +1

      whatareyoulookingforidonthaveaname - whoa! This blew up a little. Haha.

    • Kensington Liederkrantz
      Kensington Liederkrantz 2 years ago

      Wholesome or naive?

    • Yiseo_FFs
      Yiseo_FFs 2 years ago +1

      My new teacher from technics is just like him he taught us to draw a bird like you write your personal hand sign.

    • Mia
      Mia 2 years ago

      That's what they said about Bob Ross. And he died didn't he?

    • audioenergizer
      audioenergizer 2 years ago +1

      Nah the worlds just not wholesome enough for him

  • ツmyaah
    ツmyaah 11 months ago +1

    This was so inspiring for someone like me, who thought she couldn't draw..

  • When Gaming999
    When Gaming999 4 months ago

    My art teacher showed this to us. Really nice video, thanks!

  • Samvit Jain
    Samvit Jain 3 months ago

    Great talk. Loved it.

  • CrocAU
    CrocAU 9 months ago

    Amazing message, thank you

  • Arc Kocsog
    Arc Kocsog 6 years ago +2544

    He sounds like a very nice person. We need poeple like him!

    • Eternal
      Eternal Year ago

      ["10/25/20, Observing what we believe in happens. And for humans original created as Eternal Beings just picked up mutations along the way, for example👉aging & death. So its time to claim our true divine essence. "I Am Eternal Youth and Eternal Life." And oh yes we can in these Times of Transparency, Awakening and Juvenation. Ain't nothing or no one stopping humanity now. Its a Done Deal.
      Ta A'jha-in'ta DO'-A
      Ta A'jha-in'ta DO'-A
      Ta A'jha-in'ta DO'-A.
      (DivanaA'yhea)"]

    • Dhika
      Dhika 2 years ago

      *We need to be like him

    • Dali El Salvador
      Dali El Salvador 2 years ago

      We need people as pretty as you

    • H. Winkels
      H. Winkels 2 years ago

      Poeple

    • Jake Smitham
      Jake Smitham 2 years ago

      You sound like a very nice person. We need more people like you!

  • Alejandro Rivera
    Alejandro Rivera Year ago +1

    This guy is amazing 👏

  • Temporarily Immortal
    Temporarily Immortal 5 months ago +1

    Using my newly discovered skills, I just drew a portrait of this guy.

  • Cameo Anderson
    Cameo Anderson 4 months ago +1

    I tell pepole all the time that anyone can be an artist. It was practically my tagline. Even though it sounds silly for a professional to kind of undersell themselves (at least that's how it can appear) I truly mean it. I draw with one eye that works half of what others' eyes do. But I still made a career out of fine art pet portraits. This really warmed me up to watch this video. I KNOW we all have art inside of us.

  • Syberia
    Syberia Year ago

    Now I'm capable of doing some simple comic characters to illustrate my articles, amazing! Thanks Sir!!!!

  • Dana Costa
    Dana Costa 2 years ago +8956

    Man with no hands: “I can’t draw”
    This guy: “that’s just an illusion”

  • Ahmed Adel
    Ahmed Adel 5 months ago

    It's the best talk i have ever seen,actually you are a skillfull man. 💜🤷‍♂️

  • Julie Gill
    Julie Gill 11 months ago +1

    I REALLY LIKE this guy!!! Not only does he seem to be a REALLY NICE person, but he gave an EXCELLENT talk and is EXTREMELY GOOD at what he does!!!

  • Sam Miller
    Sam Miller 6 months ago +1

    Watched this in highschool! Kids were complaining over art projects how they couldn’t draw, this video actually made some kids try after that

  • Doaa Doaa
    Doaa Doaa 10 months ago

    OMG it really worked with me
    Honestly I can't draw anything before but now I can draw well.

  • Ronnie Childs
    Ronnie Childs Year ago +435

    He's right. I took a drawing class for non-artists in college. In general, NONE of us could draw for beans on day one. By the end of the semester, most of us had improved tremendously, some downright dramatically, by following the teacher's instructions. A couple didn't improve at all; it was obvious they weren't following what the teacher had been telling us. We were told over and over that talent will only take you so far; ability can be acquired and developed by learning and practicing. As an old fart, I see that this applies to a lot of things.

    • Uncle Gardener
      Uncle Gardener Year ago

      @Ash91 thx lol

    • Ash91
      Ash91 Year ago

      @Uncle Gardener it's a saying for a person with age and old values :)

    • greedy reader is here
      greedy reader is here Year ago

      Every talent you have will go to waste if u don't put it to use and for me nothing is worth as all I could practically do is watching this videos

    • Mr. Nice
      Mr. Nice Year ago +1

      Talent is worth nothing without passion and dedication!

    • Uncle Gardener
      Uncle Gardener Year ago +9

      Old fart?

  • William Smith
    William Smith Year ago

    I definitely think that definitely creativity and stylization is key to drawing even when you are "bad at drawing"

  • Srinidhi Kannan
    Srinidhi Kannan 10 months ago

    well said well explained👍👍👍👍👍❤️

  • Grace
    Grace 5 days ago

    I like the approach. I've heard that art is good if it communicates the idea. The idea could be to inspire a type of emotion, or to show a smiley human with spikey hair.

  • Tesh Man
    Tesh Man 2 months ago

    I couldn't bored watching this man for 3 hours. With this 15 minutes tutor i start sketching some crazy cartoons. He is great.

  • Robert
    Robert 2 years ago +372

    The most important thing to learn when trying to draw, is to fully incorporate the White of the paper you're drawing on. What I mean is this - When we try to draw, for example a human head and face, or maybe a cat, dog etc, we draw the full shape, i.e. we draw a full circle for the head and try to add things to it, or we draw the full shape of a cat and then try to add a tail etc, but what Graham Shaw wants us to realize, and something I realized after seeing countless of videos etc, is that you don't need to draw the full shape, but rather, you need to utilize the White of the paper. Just like in the video, you draw a few lines where you want the neck to be, or the ears to be etc, and then the rest of it is already filled in by the White background of the paper. This is the biggest barrier that most people have when it comes to drawing. A person needs to realize that most drawings create the illusion that a full picture is in front of you, even though its just a few drawn lines that represent the basic shape of an object, and then the paper itself fills in the rest and creates a full image. Everything is in the imagination. When you draw, you should be relaxed and not overthink it. It takes practice, and of course, a lot of imagination, but this video is correct, everyone can draw, you just have to realize that a lot of drawings are creating the illusion of a full picture, even if only a few lines exist on the paper itself :)

    • Reica Willis
      Reica Willis 2 years ago

      Yes babez 👌

    • Left4Nerf
      Left4Nerf 2 years ago

      Robert Raichev Finally a coment that is not a meme.

    • Necrofury
      Necrofury 2 years ago

      Now what about realistic drawings? I live for drawing fine, intricate details; but I know your explaining is essential to drawing things quickly.

    • George Lindsay Smail
      George Lindsay Smail 2 years ago

      Only read 4 words but seems like some good advice 👍🏽

    • Flannagan the Red
      Flannagan the Red 2 years ago

      The word you're looking for is gestalt.

  • Dawn Lynch
    Dawn Lynch Month ago

    I'm so pleased I found this guy on here are connect to draw now thank you to him you've made it look so easy