But just to remind you why—here are 5 points that prove you can start learning to draw or paint at any age.
1. Even the Greats Started Late
We know artists by name or by painting.
But did you know that some of our favorite artists got a late start too?
Master of the French Impressionist era, Monet is praised highly to this day.
But he didn’t really dive into art until his wife passed away(he was in his late 40s). He went on to produce famous works such as Impression, Sunrise.
He’s famously known for cutting off his own ear and the well-loved painting Starry Night.
This Post-Impressionist painter didn’t have an exhibition until his 30s. And his early death at 37 meant that the bulk of his work was produced in his final years.
She was unhappily forced to marry a much older man at a young age, so she spent her youth caring for him. But she later created the era-famous decoupage art from about the age of 71 to 88. Her popularity even made her friends with royalty.
A name known worldwide for its childhood impact, Theodore Geisel wrote and illustrated his own books that are still wildly popular to this day.
He was rejected at least 23 times before finally getting published at the age of 33.
2. Your Brain is Trying to Protect You (But It’s Not Helping)
Your subconscious mind has many ways to protect you. But that doesn’t mean it’s always correct.
According to The Fear Epidemic, our brains generate plenty of excuses that makes us hesitate when facing our fears.
This behavior was helpful when our environment was actually a threat(like facing down a lion in the wild). But those triggers aren’t around so much these days and the human brain hasn’t caught up.
So instead ask yourself, “Is this fear based on truth or is it just an excuse concocted to protect me?” It’s not as scary as you think.
In fact, go to any art studio class and you’ll find that you’re not the oldest one around. And if you are – well, you’re already in the room so you might as well get started.
3. Career Change is Common
Are you thinking of switching careers and jumping into the art industry? Or maybe you’re finally starting art as a freelance side gig.
Well, you’re not alone.
On average, adults change careers about 12 times in their lifetime. And with the millennial workforce moving into more remote jobs that can be done almost anywhere, that number keeps growing.
Programs like these can take you up to a professional level in as little as a year.
You can also start by checking out a year-long program for specialized art(concept art, animation art, character design, etc). One example is CG spectrum mostly aimed at concept art & 3D animation.
Another more streamlined school is FZD in Singapore with a 1-year intensive training that takes semi-newbie artists and churns out pros. We published a detailed interview on FZD’s school with first-hand experience shared by a past student.
Having a clear goal in mind shortens the time to get moving and start working on exactly what you want to create.
Are you more interested in oils or digital art? Do you ultimately want to create characters, comics, environments, portraits, or something inbetween? Maybe a mix of everything?
Knowing what you want and knowing how to approach learning that is half the battle to starting.
Having that knowledge won’t make you a master overnight, in fact nothing will. But the added boost will give you significant improvement quickly with a clear path to follow.
Regardless of age, there is plenty of time to pursue your artistic goals at any level.
Think about your favorite artists. I’m sure you’re overjoyed that they produce art that inspires you.
People appreciate art no matter the artist’s age.
The same can be said for you.
No matter your age, imagine that you’ve inspired somebody like yourself who’s glad that you stuck to it and produced your art.
You can do this at any age. It may take a few years to achieve the skill level you want. But starting right now is the way to get there.
Besides, creating art is what gives many people real happiness. And you’re never too old to be happy.
Author: Massiel Valenzuela-Castaneda
Massiel is an artist and YA author from Hollister, California. She loves animation, self-improvement books, pumpkin spice lattes, and pit-bulls.
Her goal is to help make the world a kinder and more inspired place. Find Massiel on her website, Twitter, and Instagram.