Stop Expecting Perfection

Myra Naito
4 min readApr 7, 2022

Some of the Best Art Isn’t Perfect

Stop expecting perfection. Oh, if only I were paid a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “I wish I could draw” I’d be a millionaire by now!

If you want to draw, then just draw! There’s no reason why you can’t. I can guess your response pretty easily… “I can’t even draw a stick figure.” Or maybe you can, but just barely, right?

First of all, let’s set one thing straight.

Drawing (in the truest sense of the word) is a learned skill and not so much pure talent.

Even those with the talent, or apparent knack for drawing, had to begin somewhere. And they continue to learn and improve. Case in point…I would be one of those that people would point to as having a talent for drawing. However, I didn’t start off drawing the way I do now. If you look at my elementary school drawings, I drew like every other kid of the same age group. Little kids don’t expect perfection. They expect fun!

But at the age where my classmates stopped drawing (mostly due to peer pressure), I continued. And practice, as they say, makes better and better and better. And I’m still getting better to this day.

One of your first drawing lessons was how to write the ABC’s.

Still, I would argue the point that everyone who can scrawl out their name with a writing instrument is drawing. Writing is a form of drawing. That isn’t as lame as you think it is. Being able to write the alphabet was one of the first drawing lessons you ever had. You were graded in penmanship. Granted, some people’s handwriting is easier to read than others. And let me tell you right now, that this artist’s signature is anything but legible!

Even I had to start somewhere! This before and after covers a span of 40 years worth of practice.

And even though I’ve said all of that, your words still echo through my mind. I wish I could draw! What I’d like for you to do is to put your skepticism on a shelf for the time being and take a chance that you can draw, or at least learn to draw.

Stop expecting perfection right out of the box. It’s taken me over 40 years to get to my current level and I’m still making mistakes! Allow…

Myra Naito

Freelance copywriter who is passionate about art and fitness. Check out my art blog at or follow me @mnaito_fineart .