How To Draw When You Can’t Draw

Here are 5 simple ways to begin

Cynthia Marinakos
7 min readNov 14, 2019


Illustration by Cynthia Marinakos.

When I was in high school, my best friend and I did a trigonometry project together. She drew the pictures. I did the maths. She was great at graphic design. I was great at English and Accounting.

I’ve grown up thinking I can’t draw.

Then last year, I shared a post I’d written about croissants on Facebook. Later one of my friends asked me about the picture, saying she’d seen it before. I told her it was a stock photo while inside, I decided that was it. I’ve been determined to take my own high res photos — or create my own illustrations. I spend so much time writing posts, it feels only right to complete it with my own pictures.

Illustration by Cynthia Marinakos.

I’ve also been following a blogger for many years who brings her posts to life with pictures, Henneke Duistermaat. I love the vibrancy, personality, and meaning her photos add to her words.

Screenshot: Henneke’s post. Source: Accessed: 13/11/19.

But when it comes to drawing, the same feelings pop up that I feel when it comes to writing:

“Where do I start?”
“Is this going to work out?”
“I can’t really let anyone see this — can I?”
“People might make fun of it”
“It’s too hard”
“I can’t do it”

I get “drawers block”.

Illustration by Cynthia Marinakos.

It took a while, but when I got over the hurdle of drawing and finally racked up the courage to share it with the world, I wish I’d done it sooner.

I’ve received such kind comments about them.
I’ve found a relaxing, enjoying hobby.
And most of all, I do this little happy dance inside whenever I look at my posts.



Cynthia Marinakos

Aussie Copywriter. I love rock climbing high ceilings and hiking amongst ferns.