Drawing dates back to pre-historic era when it was the only form of communication between humans. Hence, it is through drawings that we study our history. These drawings have been found everywhere. From vases to walls of tombs, to walls of houses, pots, anything! And now, in the present time, this medium of drawing is more polished, more advanced and more intelligent.
We are presenting 10 beneficial factors that indicate why people who like drawing are more likely to be successful.
Now when I say drawing is intelligent, I literally mean intelligent. It is not only an art that certain talented people, named artists, do, but studies have found the impact drawing has in one’s brain. The right hemisphere of our brain is responsible for creativity and imagination. While the left hemisphere is involved in logical task. Now, as you draw, 80% of your right hemisphere gets activated. Therefore, when we are drawing, not only do both our hemispheres work simultaneously but develop its capacity as well.
Did you know that drawing and art are used in therapies as well? Dr. Arnold Bresky, a physician, has created a program, “Brain Tune Up“, where he uses art as a therapy for Alzheimer and dementia patients. And the result has been amazingly successful with 70% improvement in his patients’ memories. He believes that drawing and painting helps growing new brain cells. This is not only applicable to patients but in a normal person, drawing actually adds synapses to the brain’s transmitters. This means that the memories and experiences reserved in your brain are stronger, more striking, and more accessible.
Artists need all the concentration in the world while they are drawing. And this helps into building concentration power, making them focus totally on one thing only.
As Leonardo da Vinci once said,
“Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eyes, that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
Through such concentration, you can “see” details around you, your surroundings, your environment.
Through drawing you can express various emotions, train of thoughts, and collective feelings. Drawing expands the option of an assorted communication field. Through drawing you can express what you feel, what you want, your perception, etc. Shy people, or people with verbal disabilities find drawing a better communication to enunciate with others.
Drawing is an art with a healing power. As I have mentioned before drawing has been used as a therapy to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s, it can also be used as a therapy for depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Because drawing produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine.
Parents introduce children to drawing at a very tender age, even before they can hold pencils properly. That is why researchers believe that children develop stronger motor skills because manipulating and gripping of the different devices like pencils, charcoals or brushes with the hands go impeccably with this median. The working capacity improves, therefore, for the adults, their motor skills increases a lot!
How does drawing boost your confidence? Say, your child drew a piece of art, however gibberish it is, you will still put it up on your fridge, or attach it to the wall in your child’s room. This lifts up the self-esteem. It encourages to draw more, and thus, gradually improve. The same applies to adults as well. If you draw something and you like it, you will definitely hang the art on the wall. This gives out satisfaction that stimulates you to move forward.
You are thoroughly stressed out at the office. And the next thing you know is you are drawing something on a piece of paper. Does this help? Of course it does! I know a mum of two toddlers who paints whenever her children are sleeping, even if it is only for a short time. Painting, sculpting, drawing, these are relaxing and fruitful distractions from your everyday hectic chores.
An important benefit of drawing is to express oneself in a unique manner. Sketching out your thoughts and ideas, or oozing out your imagination on paper can make you explore yourself into a deeper trance. When you are painting a portrait, the colors you choose express your feelings for that person. Or even when you are composing a landscape, the exaggeration of colors indicate your emotions, your take on the world. It is something truly beautiful!
This goes without saying. Drawing is fun regardless of you being an adult or a child. Especially when you are in company. Painting builds a bridge towards a stronger friendship. It is a way of unwinding yourself in the company of others. Imagine you and your gang of friends, spending a lazy weekend afternoon at a park, painting and sharing jokes, laughing away to your heart’s content! Absolutely picture perfect!
You don’t have to be Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. All you need is a paper, a pencil, colors and some brushes. Go and draw something, unwrap yourself, stimulate your brain cells and boost your energy! Have fun!
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