There’s just no time for learning a new skill

I’ve never started to seriously learn figure drawing, because I think it’s too big of a task for me. It might take me years of daily drawing before I see decent results, and I just don’t have the time for that.

Yet- I keep entertaining the idea of being able to quickly sketch down a figure for reference. And immediately after I discard the idea, because the journey would be too long, too time consuming.

Yet- I think it would be a skill that matches my profession as a teacher in Somatics. But then, it just seems too difficult, too much of a commitment to even start.

I googled “how to learn figure drawing not boring,” and read through some blog posts, and skipped through some videos. “Overview of the learning process,” one of the videos said. I looked at a picture that had categories like

  • Exaggeration,
  • Abstract,
  • Imagination,
  • Simplification,
  • Observation,
  • Contrast,
  • Perspective

I like that. In my profession we also use these kind of categories to look at movement and movement learning. I imagine this would be helpful to my own beginner students, too, who just start out on learning Somatics, or strive to become scholars of the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Thomas Hanna, Mia Segal or other masters of the art.

It’s interesting to see online how vastly successful some of these art teachers have become, teachers that teach drawing, illustration and figure drawing classes. There seem to be hundreds of millions of students interested in these arts.

In this sense, I wonder when Somatics will catch on, and when will more people start to become interested in the art of movement learning?