Everyone should be creating art.
Once you learn the benefits of creating art, so you'll start sketching, painting, or create anything.
It's common to think you have to be born with some magical talent of being an artist. Where easy drawing ideas just seem to magically fall into your sketchbook. When, in fact, being an artist is a learned skill. Unfortunately, many people believe this about being an artist. If you believe this, you're wrong. It's as simple as that. Never exclude yourself from ever creating art. Anyone can learn how to draw and paint.
Yes, art is for everyone. I encourage you to create something artistic. Why? Because there are many benefits to creating art.
Benefits of creating art
When you hold a pencil, brush in your hand to draw or paint, you're un-restricting your mind. In other words, you're sparking your imagination. By taking the time to make art, you are learning to see everything around in you a new creative way. While becoming more present.
Improved lateral thinking
Artists of all talents and types interpret the world around them in different ways. When you spend more time creating art, you'll learn to interpret things around more intently by focusing on detail, lighting, colors, shape, and so much more. Being creative and making art shows us that there is more than one solution to the same problem. It encourages open-ended thinking, and thinking outside of the box helps stimulate your grain to grow new neurons as well.
More positive thoughts
Studies show creating art increases dopamine in your brain. Which helps to ward off sadness and depression. Alternatively, it also provides you better self-esteem. From displaying your latest drawing or painting on the wall to getting a bunch of positive feedback after sharing your work on social media. In other words, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment after you’ve shared your art with others.
A recent study in the Journal of Art Therapy, researchers discovered after only 45 minutes of creating art, the hormone cortisol increased. Which is associated with stress were reduced in the studies participant's saliva. No matter what their art skills were.
An additional study found if you spend 30 minutes creating art, especially free-form painting, it reduced anxiety levels in first-year college students preparing for their final exams. For instance, people who were caring for ailing family members also experienced reduced stress and anxiety.
Remember all those times your teacher told you not to doodle in class. Strangely enough, doodling improves our attention span while listening to something boring. Studies have shown, it also helps us retain more information to recall later. Therefore, doodling helps us focus and keeps our minds from wandering.
Flow is the feeling of being in the zone. For example, its the feeling of enjoying the task you're working on and nothing else is in your mind.
Creating art is one of the most common flow experiences. It's where you're not driven by an end goal. Rather, you're 100% engaged in the art process alone. Put simply, creating art is inherently pleasurable.
This doesn't just apply to professional artists. A study on flow in teenagers in school discovered they experience the most engagement and motivation in their art classes. Additionally, it also had the most positive boost in their moods.
Final thoughts on creating art
In conclusion, sketching in your sketchbook, drawing, and painting elicit benefits that go beyond simple pleasure. Creating art improves your mind and your mood.
I encourage you to spend time creating art about things you're interested in. For example, I draw animals. It's what interests me and holds my attention.
What interests do you have that will fuel your art?
Get exclusive content about sketching animals. Learn how to draw wildlife, find your drawing style, and fill your sketchbooks. Animal sketching lessons sent to your inbox: