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„Are you still drawing all these pictures? It’s childish!“
„Stop drawing, it’s for kids! When will you finally grow up?“
If you’re a hobby artist, you might have heard something like this before.
For whatever reason, some people do have the extreme view that drawing is childish.
And maybe you’ve had moments where you considered quitting drawing because you wondered, if it isn’t just a childish activity.
But is it?
No, of course not! Here’s why.
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Why Some People Think Drawing Is Childish
There are several reasons why people think drawing is childish.
These are the most common ones that I know (and have sometimes heard myself):
1. Most Kids Draw – Most Adults Don’t
This must be the most common reason people bring up:
Percentage-wise, most of the people who draw are kids.
Therefore, many people say drawing is for kids.
To them, it’s simple:
Almost every young kid draws at some point, but most adults don’t. That means it’s for kids. End of discussion.
But is it really that simple?
Why It’s Wrong: There Are Many (Professional) Adult Artists
Of course, it’s true that most people who draw are kids.
What people using this argument don’t understand is that there are many adult artists, too!
Yes, most people stop drawing when they grow up. But there are those who are good at it and keep going. And those who don’t stop even though they aren’t that good at it – because they like it anyway. And that’s great!
These people often keep drawing into their adulthood – either as a hobby or as professional artists.
While it’s a very competitive field, there are actually many people drawing and painting for a living. (How cool is that, by the way?)
So, tell me, if there are people who draw or paint as a full-time job, how can it be that „drawing is just for kids“?
And if you ask me, I think it’s perfectly fine to have drawing as a hobby. Even as an adult.
Just do what you like doing.
Hobbies are meant to be fun. They shouldn’t be something to show the world how grown-up and neat you are.
2. It’s A Waste Of Time
„Stop drawing and do something reasonable! It’s a waste of time!“
„It won’t get you anywhere!“
That’s also something a lot of people say. Especially parents.
It’s easy to see where they’re coming from:
Parents just want the best for their kids – they want them to have a good career and earn enough money to live a comfortable life.
What about the thousands, if not millions, of people who have an art side hustle?
These people do make real money. Maybe it’s not enough for the naysayers using this argument, but it’s real.
Actually, the thing is this:
It’s not always about money!
The whole money aspect is so capitalistic…
Yes, money rules the world. We all need money to live. We all have a job of some kind to earn it.
But it’s not always about money and you can actually do (and enjoy) things without the goal to make money.
Just because you like it. Just to have some fun and relax. Just to unwind and escape everyday life for an hour.
It’s not a waste of time.
It’s not childish.
It’s something everyone can do without remorse.
Is Drawing Childish? – Conclusion
Drawing isn’t childish. Many people think drawing is childish because they believe themselves to be more adult than people who draw. But that doesn’t make it childish by itself. There are many adults who are professional artists and many who draw as a hobby.