Is it too late to learn to draw?

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“When I was 16, I just started to draw a lot for fun,” says H. David, 28, who is now a graphic designer in Tokyo, Japan. While he couldn’t read or write then, he could draw and create illustrations.

H. David was raised in a working-class family in a small town in northern Ontario, the son of a professor. He began drawing at three years old. “From the age of four to eight, it was fun,” he says. At 12, “I started using my hand to draw.” He remembers feeling like a “freak.”

When he was 13, his mother told him to stop drawing, but H. David kept seeing a strong urge to continue. At 16 he found his favorite hobby in school: “I found a hobby. And it turned into what I do now.”

At 18, he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and found that using his hand to draw helped to cope with this illness. In the years that followed, he says he realized how much his condition affected his work experience. His drawings were more accurate than the work done by other colleagues who’d spent hours drawing in an effort to pass school and work tests. Now, H. David draws on a computer.

While drawing from computer generated images, H. David said that he can still write from memory—and he says it helped him deal better with his illness.

How you learn to draw

H. David says that when it comes to learning to draw, the best way to get the best result is to work with an experienced artist.


“My experience with drawing on computers is better and better, and my students’ experience with drawing on computer is better and better,” he says.

He recommends that you hire a professional that specializes in drawing, like David himself, or find another artist that is skilled at drawing from memory. In addition, if you do find yourself struggling to draw something, say something like…

“I’m just a kid from a small town in Ontario, drawing on computers.”

“I feel that is what got me through my illness. It was my little drawings from a computer.”

You can learn to draw at home – it doesn’t involve learning any actual drawing skills.

Drawing in the dark

H. David says that you need to create a drawing that will be used in the light, because you’ll probably need it later.