Birdofterror wrote:If you had to guess from a purely critical standpoint and not one based on personal experience or personal prefference, what would you say is harder between Writing and Drawing? Literature Versus Art?
I initially didn't want to write because I sucked at it, then I got better. I still don't want to draw for the same reason; I suck at it.
I'm wondering if it's time to change that as well, even as just another hobby. Is there anyone here who does both?
Yup. I do both.
In answering your first question, from a purely critical standpoint, they both have the use of different mediums that make them difficult in their own right. It's like asking if golf or interpretive dance is harder. You really do have to get personal experience and preference into it. that being said, its still not a easy question to answer. We could even get into how one is an activity of the left side of the brain and the other activity is for the right side, but that's a little silly.
Now this is completely my opinion. In replicating what you want from your mind's eye into a piece of physical substance, I would say writing is easier as you don't have quite the learning curve to deal with. I art there is so much to learn to make something look right that takes some time to get it down correctly. With writing, there is still things you have to learn and do right, but its easier to master than the complexity of art. Art CAN also be expensive, but when you're doing something you love, you can't put a price on it.
BUT from my personal experience, I would say that art is easier. I can get a drawing done in an hour if I feel motivated. But it takes a good two weeks for me to have anything good that I would consider ready for proofreading. Plus with art, you have a ton of how to draw material and Google for image reference. Writing is more... liberal in that there is no one right way to write something, and guides are opinions. I separate that from how to draw materials because proportions are not a opinion.
I would try both, Bird. Try art out and see if you like it, look at how some people do their works, I find no problem with consulting how to draw books either. Just don't expect to get to Bleedman's level within a few weeks. You suck at it, so did I when I started. I still suck at it, but less at it then when I first started. You'll get better the more time and energy you put into it. Finding people that you can draw with in either a classroom setting or independently on your own time works wonders as well.
I have a small sketchbook that I keep in a wooden box with some mechanical pencils and sticky notes that usually stays in my bag. When I'm bored or waiting for class, I take it out and practice on somethings, or draw whatever comes to mind. That way my skills don't deteriorate badly between long periods of not drawing anything. They're doodles, basically.