Full Text of Why People Believe They Can’t Draw – And How To Prove They Can by Graham Shaw @ TEDxHull conference.
Hi, I’ve got a question for you. How many people here would say they can’t draw?
Well, I think we’ve got about 1% or 2% of the hands going up and it’s interesting, isn’t it? It’s a little bit like, can’t people think of spelling or singing. I think well you can either do it or you can’t. And — but I think you can.
Because when people say they can’t draw I think it’s more to do with beliefs rather than talent and ability. So I think when you say you can’t draw, that’s just an illusion. And today I’d like to prove that to you.
And when I say draw, I’m not saying we’re all going to draw like Michelangelo. We’re not going to be painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. But would you be happy if by the end of the session you could draw pictures, a little bit like this, or even little bit like this.
Well, actually there’s only two things you need to do to be able to achieve this. One is have an open mind. You up for and? And two, just be prepared to have a go. So grab a pen and a piece of paper.
Okay. So here’s how it’s going to work. I’ll show you the first cartoon we’re going to do. So just watch to begin with. Here we go. Just watching. That’s going to be our first cartoon. It’s a character called spike, so I’d like you to draw along with me. So I will draw the first line, you draw – and when you’ve done that, look up and I know you’re ready for the next line. Okay, here we go.