Learning how to draw (and be less insecure)

Last week, I finished reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work

It inspired me to keep on learning about the things that I find interesting.

That’s why, last week, I enrolled in a drawing course in Udemy.

Here are my first drawings from the course:


I want to get better at drawing because I just love to draw. 

I loved drawing since I was young. But, I stopped when I was in high school. I saw a classmate’s sketchpad filled with illustrations which were drawn close to perfection. Then, I became embarrassed about my drawings and insecure with my skills. So, I just stopped drawing instead of striving to be better.

It was only in 2016 when I rediscovered that love for drawing. But, there are times when I still get insecure and just drop my pencil (or pen or stylus) and stop drawing.

But, recently, I realized that learning can help us overcome our insecurities:

By learning, we accept that there will always be someone better than us. 

By learning, we become better at what we do that we naturally become less insecure about our skills.

By learning, we take a small, but concrete action towards becoming better instead of moping around and drowning ourselves in self-pity.

Not being good right now simply means that. It doesn’t mean that we are not (or will never be) good enough. It just means there are some things we still have to learn.


P.S. Of course, the best antidote for insecurity is still God’s love that we receive through His Holy Spirit.

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