I am motivated to learn because I am illustrating a book I wrote based on the play that I wrote - Pulani. I thought I might be able to collaborate with an artist, but I didn't think it would be fair to any artist to commit to a labor of love, until it sold copies. And I am on a timeline, since we are doing the play in Guam this summer. So, I decided to learn to draw. I was not sure I could do it, but now I am obsessed. And now convinced that everyone can draw. (Okay, maybe not blind people).
To "illustrate" my point. I needed to sketch out a storyboard for my book, but I hadn't practiced drawing all of the characters when I did. So, you will see a sketch of a deer that is, how shall we say, terrible. Later, I got photos of the Guam deer from the internet, and practiced. The sketch on the right is what I came up with after I used my photo models. It is not so much that I practiced for hours to get to this point of satisfaction, but that I used my drawing "eye," and then redrew until I was pleased. This is a learned thing. It may be a talent or an inborn genetic trait for some people, but it definitely isn't for me. Perseverance may also be an inborn character trait, but in my life experience, it is also learned.