Why people believe they can’t draw - and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull

  • Published on Apr 1, 2015
  • Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion - quite literally - in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world.
    Graham specialises in the art of communication and has helped thousands of people to make important presentations. He is perhaps best known for his use of fast cartoon drawings to communicate ideas and is the author of ‘The Art of Business Communication’.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • John Navarro
    John Navarro 11 hours ago

    Everyone can draw

    Just not well

  • Tazymandius
    Tazymandius 11 hours ago

    This is teaching anyone to draw, this is just "follow my instructions" to draw simple faces.

  • Jim Priestley
    Jim Priestley Day ago +1

    Great talk, although I could not draw the sketches he promised at the start of the talk by the end..... Something to work on at least :-)

  • Andrei Rachieru
    Andrei Rachieru Day ago +1

    I can’t even do that

  • SheepUy 12
    SheepUy 12 Day ago +1

    Next bob ross people! Next bob ross.
    “The joy of drawing with graham Shaw”

  • Pro Gamer
    Pro Gamer Day ago


  • Truthis Theway
    Truthis Theway 2 days ago +1

    The truth is here: google “global truth project”.

  • More Joy Less Pain
    More Joy Less Pain 2 days ago

    I wish I could draw and use it to Create my content...

  • Roxanne Dixon
    Roxanne Dixon 2 days ago

    This is wasting paper! SAVE THE TURTLES!!!!!!!!!! 🐢

  • Ryan Air
    Ryan Air 2 days ago

    I live in hull

    • Alex 42
      Alex 42 2 days ago

      The amount of people who care: 0

  • Zephricus
    Zephricus 2 days ago

    i didnt want inspiration that i could draw a few shapes i was looking for inspiration that i could ACTUALLY draw XD idk where to start. Everyone i meet that is good at drawing started when they were a kid in school. im 18 y/o and i feel like ive missed my chance to train my brain properly....

  • Zephricus
    Zephricus 2 days ago

    8:24 "coincidence? I THINK NOT!"

  • fireinhole
    fireinhole 3 days ago

    He only proved that he can draw

  • Glenn H
    Glenn H 3 days ago

    When is the Left Handers version? Mine were rubbish!

  • Keelersthetics
    Keelersthetics 3 days ago

    Jeff Bezos🤫

    MEIO AMBIENTE 3 days ago

    Nem todos sabem desenhar.

  • Shandianz
    Shandianz 4 days ago

    I can draw.. but i dont know how to make money with that.. 😂

  • Justin Applehead
    Justin Applehead 5 days ago

    I've had two art teachers in a row show me this video

  • Hogcutt Bytes
    Hogcutt Bytes 5 days ago +1

    8:23 • "Ele é culpado, culpado!"
    Poucos (extremamente poucos) entenderão.

  • Ren
    Ren 5 days ago +2

    I did some work in a Montessori for a while and there was this little girl who was painting one of the days. Nothing in particular just paint blotches on some paper.
    I went over to her and said "wow thats really great! Would you like to be an artist one day" and she told me
    "I am an artist"
    I think we all need that mindset when it comes to art.
    God i miss working there

  • superstar 3409
    superstar 3409 5 days ago

    The third one was how Larry the Cucumber was made

  • Efjay 3
    Efjay 3 6 days ago

    I like how they're all looking starstruck by Graham

  • Skitof
    Skitof 6 days ago

    Of course I can draw. My drawings are awful, but I can draw a stickman or something.

  • YourPalTye
    YourPalTye 6 days ago

    how to draw hands? practice. practice makes perfect

  • Abigail Parrott
    Abigail Parrott 7 days ago

    Kewl I can kinda draw anime but real real CHALLENGE draw full anime bruh

  • Alexander Algar
    Alexander Algar 7 days ago

    8:30 like how he drawed ghandi lmao

  • 错鞘
    错鞘 7 days ago

    i can draw in opengl, does that count?

  • 错鞘
    错鞘 7 days ago

    if you think you can not draw, try some dmt and your visions will become crystal clear

  • Sannah Sadiq
    Sannah Sadiq 7 days ago

    This is amazing

  • Георги Стоянов

    He's got some Bob Ross type of positivity.

  • Zevac •
    Zevac • 9 days ago

    *audience talks even more*

  • TJ Acree
    TJ Acree 9 days ago

    Why does he draw them all looking up at him?

  • Lorenzo Marchisio
    Lorenzo Marchisio 9 days ago

    Giorno Giovanna spotted at 5:15

  • Siddharth K S
    Siddharth K S 9 days ago

    Don't waste paper

  • Isac Arieira
    Isac Arieira 9 days ago

    Não consegui.

  • HawkEye Mihawk
    HawkEye Mihawk 10 days ago

    What Jeff Bezos is doing here ??

  • Haniel
    Haniel 10 days ago

    Que coisa mas pronta nimguem nunca vai aprender a desenhar se atrelando a essa tabelacao eterna

  • sandra manalili
    sandra manalili 11 days ago

    why did I see vsauce in the middle 3:19

  • XxGJKtale AnimationsxX

    I meant I can’t draw g o o d

  • pettrycck
    pettrycck 11 days ago

    yeah cool but how do i draw a bicycle bro there's no way, there's something about them, it's impossible to draw them bro please teach me

  • artuara ario
    artuara ario 11 days ago

    draw hentai faces

  • Jerry Bootneck
    Jerry Bootneck 12 days ago

    My Albert Einstein turned out to look like more my mother-in-law. :)

  • Zack Blackwood
    Zack Blackwood 12 days ago

    I still can't draw the things I want to draw. I just know how to do a thousand variations of one cartoon face

  • Gabriel Dirla
    Gabriel Dirla 12 days ago

    Instructions unclear just killed my cat and stuffed it in a furnace

    • David
      David 10 days ago

      Oops, you had to kill it first!!?

  • Ichy
    Ichy 12 days ago

    Who is Ted and why does he Talk?

  • TheWhiteWolf
    TheWhiteWolf 12 days ago

    His last question is very strong...
    He's so right.

  • ColdShotz
    ColdShotz 12 days ago

    I love his trim

  • 1-908-1295E
    1-908-1295E 13 days ago


  • mintyoongi
    mintyoongi 13 days ago

    I went and got paper :/

  • Lazer XT
    Lazer XT 13 days ago +2

    RU-clip Recommendations

  • Dope KhinosHy
    Dope KhinosHy 13 days ago

    Good, now i can draw

  • Adam Larkin
    Adam Larkin 13 days ago

    Who is ted and why does he talk so much

  • Cy
    Cy 13 days ago

    Stop that dont give me hope

  • space man
    space man 13 days ago

    these are not good drawings

  • Seby 0906
    Seby 0906 13 days ago

    I can't draw

  • My Brothers Keeper
    My Brothers Keeper 14 days ago

    Loved this. Thank you!

  • thatjokerperson
    thatjokerperson 14 days ago

    instructions unclear, recreated the mona lisa.

  • YourFriendlyNeighborhoodTrashcan

    He sounds a bit like Grian.

  • Kimberly Mejia
    Kimberly Mejia 14 days ago


  • Aloze
    Aloze 14 days ago

    I watched this video a few years ago. And I still can't even draw straight lines correctly.