I enjoy drawing. I enjoy painting, sculpting, inking. All of these are a form of art. So why is it then that I am a
“drawer” or “drawler” instead of an artist? Often, when I am working on a piece, a faceless figure looks over
my shoulder, and they say in awe “wow, you're such a good drawler”. This is an insult that many don't seem to
understand, as well as a butcher to the English language.
A drawler is perhaps the most misleading, and most commonly used phrase used to describe an artist– as well as an
extreme annoyance. It is generally assumed that you mean “drawer”, but suppose for a second that what you say is
true; I am a drawler. Wall, thien, I s'pose a yung 'un lyke yehself jus' woodn't ahndustand.
A drawer is slightly more dignified, but not by a significant amount. Would you approach a musician and say “You
are a good music-maker”? That is the equivalent of saying “You are a good artwork-maker” which is still better than
drawer. Drawer assumes that the person-in-question can only draw, only has passion for drawing. The only people
who should be drawers are people who draw for other people before they draw for themselves. To identify a drawer,
one must only think of their reactions to criticism or praise. Do they smile broadly and start trying to talk your ear
off in an attempt to tell you why it was SO difficult to get everything just right? Do they get upset and discredit
the artwork by saying “it's just a rough sketch” or “I was just trying a new style”? Do they discredit you by saying
“leave me alone, you don't understand”, “don't flame, Jesus doesn't love flamers”, “don't criticize, meanie”, or “you
just don't know great art when you see it!”? Yes? Then you have yourself a drawer. All of these are responses that
I have received. They are drawers, and to sound perfectly snobby and superior, I shouldn't be downgraded to such a
level. They let praise get to their head, cannot accept criticism, and think that everyone who doesn't absolutely love
every aspect of their picture is just wrong.
In contrast, an artist loves constructive criticism. They may defend their choice for leaving a flawed or distorted
section of the artwork because they enjoy the overall outcome, but they do not brush off this valued peer. However,
they often have difficulties appreciating praise. This is generally because they receive a good amount of it, and are
more interested progressing – becoming better. They may spend hours on one piece of artwork that the general
public will look at for thirty second before tweeting “OMG, itz sooooo kool”. It is a small reward for the amount of
time and effort that is put into it, but that is of no importance. An artist is more than a “drawler”, an artist is one who
loves art as an art. An artist loves the process of art, enjoys the agonizing hours of concentration, finds humor in
“failure” projects (and slight depression), or a piece of artwork that didn't end up how they wanted.
A drawer is an amateur who craves acceptance for their doodles and sketches. An artist draws for himself, for that
moment when the end piece is glorious in all of its flaws. They were not born with a God-given gift. Hours of an
artist's life is spent honing their skills. They do not practice with an end goal in mind; they draw, paint, and sculpt
for the love of creating. They create for the moment when they ignite a hope, a dream, a passion, deep within the
heart of another. That is something a drawer could simply never understand.