Does talent really matter in painting?

The thing about talent ...

Even if you might think that the topic has long been clarified and the myth of talent has been exposed, I still read the question “Do I need talent to be able to draw really well?” On a regular basis.

What kind of power does the fairy tale of talent have that young or rediscovered draftsmen regularly ask themselves this question?

In the youth one always hears “oh, you have talent for” or “you have no talent for”.

Talent as a murderous argument. This article wants to do away with that ...



What is talent anyway?

By definition, talent is an above-average ability. Wikipedia outlines this term as follows:

talent or talent refers to a special performance requirement of a person in a certain area. Usually these are one or more above-average skills. See also: giftedness, charisma or gifted
Wikipedia: talent

Attempts have often been made to give this term a fixed meaning, but this is not easy because there is not just one type of talent, but many different ones. So it is not easy for science to clearly classify talent. Probably for this reason the mystery of innate (inherited) talent has arisen, without which nothing works and those who have it can achieve anything in their field.

My opinion on talent: it doesn’t make learning and practicing any easier.


You can't do without talent?

So does that mean that you really need talent because it just won't work without it? This question can be answered very clearly: No, talent alone is not everything. The article could actually end at this point, because that is the core message that I already explained in my article on promoting talent in children.

Nevertheless, there are always doubters and insecure draftsmen who keep stiffening on the talent.


How can I draw well without talent?

So if you don't have talent, what can you do to be at least as good as someone who does? Complicated question, simple answer ... the answer to the riddle is: to practice!

Sayings like “A master has not yet fallen from heaven” or “Good things take time” are justified because they say that nothing is given to you. Sophisticated skills don't just fall into your lap, you have to work hard and long for them.

Only years of experience and practice can refine and mature a person's abilities in such a way as to amaze others.


It's not all talent that shines

So if you count yourself to the talentless, you can still achieve a lot in the areas that interest you.
You just have to work harder and practice more intensely.

Failures and setbacks are normal in any learning process, with the untalented these may occur more often than with the talented, but that says nothing about the respective frustration limit of an individual.

Talented people can even be disappointed in themselves, because they are more used to the experience they were able to make because of the talent.


Let the talent lie idle

Again, this is not an invention: one can indeed let one's talent wither away if one does not cultivate it and practice it regularly.

It is said that you can never really unlearn to ride a bike, but if you finally get back on the saddle after years without a bike, you will realize that getting back on the road is anything but easy and that you cycle through the area rather wobbly and unsafe.

And that's roughly how you can imagine the first attempts of a draftsman who has not practiced for years or has not drawn at all - regardless of talent.


What do we learn from it?

The aim of this article is to say again, clearly and clearly:
if you have no talent, it doesn't matter, you can still learn to draw!

On top of that I wanted to say:
if you have talent and never practice, you will draw as badly as everyone else!

There is really nothing more to say on this subject. Because I have seen untalented draftsmen draw stunningly great pictures, talented ones lagged far behind in comparison. Ambition and the practice that comes with it make all the difference, not talent.

I am a nerdy draftsman. Drawing came to my first website and with it too much specialist knowledge and my job.
I prefer to draw little cartoon animals or stuff with comic eyes - and mermaids! ^^ My favorites are the touch markers, but I try my way through all the materials and motifs - also thanks to the blog.
I am always open to questions and look forward to your feedback! 😉

LG Steffi


  1. Hello Steffi,

    Talent certainly helps with sticking to it or as a motivation to start. The beginning and good feedback will turn into a circle of angels through reinforcement. And whoosh, you've practiced for several hours and you feel safe.

    In addition, a lot of drawing is a craft and you can learn that.

    Best wishes

    1. Hello David,

      thanks for your comment.

      Sure, techniques can be learned. There are certainly talents in certain techniques or you need a lot of practice to get to grips with a technique better.
      As long as you have fun practicing and it doesn't cause you any agony, everything is great, then the hours actually fly by. 🙂