I've been drawing since I could pick up a pencil, but I wish I had started taking it seriously around the year I started highschool. So much free time back then Now I can't put any time into it because of college ¬¬
I've been drawing since I was at least 3 or 4. Perhaps because of this, I am largely self-taught.
I most certainly wish I had started drawing humans at around 8 or 9, because 18-year-old me can currently draw a human at approximately the level 10-year-old me could draw a dragon. (Which is to say, very bad)
Is it wrong to wish I'd left a little graffiti on the walls of my mother's uterus?
Actually...I know I was drawing when I was 6 or 7. Before that? No memory. Some of my kiddie art surprised a few adults...not necessarily because it was great- more because it reflected an ability to spend hours at one thing (I drew a battle scene that was something like 8 pages of type writer paper scotch-taped together). I guess kids aren't supposed to be able to do that. I find it harder to do as an adult
I've been drawing since forever, but maybe I should've taken it more seriously a few year earlier. I guess I started to focus, buy sketchbooks and art supplies two years ago (when I got dA), before that it was more doodling during class or boredom.
Then again I'm happy with where I am now - and whoe knows, maybe it wouldn't have helped me to start earlier. Maybe I'd get stuck in a certain style, because when I started I think I were a bit more mature, and had seen more art; making it easier to criticise myself and grow. If anything, I wish I grew a bit quicker.
It was only after high school that I started doing less of it; my wish is that I hadn't lost motivation and kept at it, pushing myself harder. The only thing I can do now is make up for that and not lose sight again. It's not about what age you start drawing, but how hard you push yourself. One of my art idols started drawing when he was 22, and now (at 28) works in the animation industry.
I started when I was really young (I've been drawing as long as I could remember). Stopped around 17 or 18 and picked it up a few years later. I don't think there's an ideal age to start, although I regret that I didn't take it more serious back then. I could've been so much further.
This question really doesn't make any sense to me.
It doesn't matter if you're better or worse than people your age. What matters is being better than you used to be. Seriously. Have you done something you think is the best thing you've ever drawn? Keep it where you can see it; after a while you'll start finding flaws in it. And you'll make something even better. Repeat.
On the other hand I also don't think there was ever a period in my life where I wasn't drawing. I think the longest break I've ever taken was maybe two months.
When I was born? I dunno. The earliest memories I have is being four or five painting with my mother and getting involved in various visual creative projects with her and I just never stopped drawing from there. My mother tells me I was a real brat though and recalls my escapades like when I used the bathroom and house walls as a canvas for black paint and such.
The more time you spend wishing you had started something earlier though, the more time you waste in the present that could be spent to bettering yourself which then also adds to the history you miss.
See, the thing is that I have tried lots of things before I was ready to do them and it didn't result in me being 7 years ahead, it just resulted in me not liking them. So I never regret not starting things earlier. "If only I had tried acrylics 10 years ago!" ... Oh wait, I did. It sucked. I was awful at them. I needed about 10 years of digital painting and reading stuff on the internet before paint made sense, and then when everything came together at the right time I started painting again and enjoyed it.
Don't look back. If you want things to change, look at what you can do NOW TOMORROW, not what you maybe possibly could have done years ago if you had been a totally different person.
True i agree, just wishful thinking, you make total sense.I just feel like i would most likely be better at drawing if i started earlier, i guess more than anything im just interested to know and see how my art would have looked liked(even though i know that this is impossible)