For many years, it was traditional to study under ‘master’ artists to improve technique and learn basic knowledge. An apprentice would study for years, helping to mix paint and prepare canvasses before being allowed to paint in the style of his Master. There was no such thing as individual expression or interpretation until he (and it usually was a 'he') was able to start up a studio of his own. Even then, art was commissioned by the Church and the upper classes, and the subject matter and style were dictated.
It's very different today - everyone can paint and draw whatever they like and everything they make can be called 'art'. Those who wish to study techniques (not everyone does) can easily find everything they need on the internet, usually for free.
Welcome to more drawing blogs for 2015! I thought I had exhausted the subject and was going to turn to my thoughts on creativity in general, but I really do think that being able to draw can be a powerful springboard into all forms of self-expression. There is something very connecting and connected about being able to study something that is outside you and then recreate it in a different form. We are creations ourselves and creativity amd innovation is what makes us so successful (and sometimes dangerous) as humans.
Channelling Nature's insatiable urge to grow and flourish into creative pursuits instead of trying to ignore it, or -even worse - using it to invent new ways to hurt ourselves or each other, can only be a good thing.
We try to be our own tutor and our own student too, and it can be hard inspiring ourselves and keeping ourselves going. It's difficult to even notice your own mistakes and shortcomings, let alone what to DO about them! Bit like life, really......
Here's to a CREATIVE 2015!