I think I'll do a touchy-feely artist post today. Hmm... Let me scan ConceptArt.org for something I can talk about... Ah! Here's one: "Why do you draw?" Perfect!!

So why do YOU draw? Oh right... You don't respond. But the people in ConceptArt sure do! They're a nice bunch. G A I A originally posted the question because she didn't know drawing was simply a habit or some kind of a addiction that doesn't seem as fun as she would like to believe. I have days like that.

Sebastard said:
"In the words of the immortal Nietzsche, conflict and strife (including inner conflict and personal strife) will shape a man into something better then he once was... Why do i draw and write? To eventually become one of the greatest fantasy/fiction artists/authors this world has ever seen - that simple . No telling if i'll ever achieve this goal, but i believe in setting lofty ambitions because: "Man's grasp exceeds his reach." To me, it doesn't really matter whether drawing is fun or not. Goals do not need, indeed will often not be enjoyable or fun 100% of the time - that's part of the "conflict" bit. To preservere through the times that are harsher then others and may not be as fun :p.

No, nothing is really "just" a hobby to me.

Blackspot said:
It's an itch and I need to scratch it. It gets worse if you ignore it.

Crass said:
Because I want to make my inner worlds come alive, for me and whoever else that wants to see.

 Maybe he needs to draw...

The Original [E] said:
Other then because if I don't draw and get my ideas out then my mind will overload me with ideas and I won't be able to focus on much until I get them out.

The other more important reason is, to me art and my creativity is like a muscle, you have to keep working it out and constantly give it stimulation or it will atrophy and die. Thats why I draw and paint every day for hours on hours. Have you ever known a person who used to draw and stopped because of one reason or another?

FranciscoShreds then said:

I guess it's because I have the exact opposite mentality as you. I always want to draw, everything I see in life makes me want to draw, makes me want to reproduce what I see or expand upon it. Only times I feel like shit is when I don't draw and I could have. If I slept in, if I forgot my moleskine or sketchbook and I see something very interesting.

My thoughts:

Wow! Yeah! Cool! I wholeheartedly agree! Saying anything would be redundant. Maybe making a list would suffice. Okay, so it seems artists draw because:

1.) It's fun and addictive.
2.) We're all gonna die sooner or later.
3.) It's a form of escape.
4.) To capture / realize imagination. (Hmm...)
5.) Money (Eh?)
6.) Self-Improvement / Therapy.
7.) I heard this from Artgerm in Singapore - "I just want to draw something beautiful"

And as a very odd aside, I decided to embed several videos of artists and their "moleskins". (Some dating back to 2006)

This one's kinda funny.

Here's a nifty one from a real fine artist.

Buy your moleskin today and feed your art addiction!! (That's a plug right there...)


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  3. nodeerskulls Says:
  4. I think what Blackspot said is just the basic of why everyone draws - it starts with an itch that needs to be scratched, an idea that needs to materialize in some way or another; that basic itch just develops later into something more - say, an ambition (ex to be the best), a career, a hobby and so on and forth.

    I, for one, draw stuff that I love because of the 'itch' and stuff that I love less but need to practice to get better at materializing that 'itch'.

    Do I make any sense?

    I also like drawing stuff for people - I love being able to give a gift so simple that makes them so happy.

  5. nodeerskulls Says:
  6. Also, awesome Moleskines.

    I long for one too, but any regular quality paper sketchbook is pretty expensive here, let alone a Moleskine D:
    Seriously, I could buy myself lunch at school 6 days in a row for that money.

    I can only hope my allowance of this month will permit me to buy one instead of spending it on more urgent needs.

  7. ChrisK Says:
  8. The artistic itch is something that can be lost, but it can also be found. If you ever need a hand in developing it, I recommend reading Julian Cameron's "The Artist's Way". That book helped me get back on my feet.

    Moleskins are a product of excellent marketing, but you could start with cheaper alternatives. I realize starting a sketchbook like that isn't essential, but the journey to finish one from cover to cover is really something to behold.

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