You have to start somewhere and today the starting point is stick people. The whole stick person thing is something that really gets to me because it’s a common excuse when people sorta really want to learn how to draw but are trying to convince themselves that they haven’t got it in them so there’s no use in trying.
As far as I’m concerned if the words “I can’t even draw a stick person.” come out of someone’s mouth I see someone who is yearning to learn how to draw and they’re basically begging me to prove them wrong (and prove them wrong I can!).
There’s this misconception that comes along with having a certain level of skill in the Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, whatever) and that misconception is that an artist’s skill is a gift. A natural-born ability bestowed at birth by a higher power to a lucky few who get to be artists. This is absolutely untrue and in fact, it devalues the amount of hard work and dedication that it takes to be a skilled artist.
Here’s an example of how backwards this thinking is. When we meet someone who is a doctor the assumption is that they have spent thousands of hours studying, practicing and working hard so that they could achieve the skill required to be a doctor. They weren’t born with the gift of healing, they worked for it. What they were born with though, was the desire, the passion, the drive (whatever you want to call it), to become a doctor and that drive propelled them through all the years of learning and practicing. This is absolutely the same when it comes to artists and indeed anyone who is good at anything. They put the time in to get where they are now
The only thing separating someone who can’t draw from someone who can is thousands of hours of practice (sorry)
Here is a list of the technical artsy stuff that those stick people are helping you with, in their own way: