There is a science behind it, to be sure. Hand eye coordination and a fascination with shape/color and even the ability to "see" (meaning the right side of your brain is dominant) is something you're born with. However, putting these traits to use it what makes you better. Anyone can acquire these attributes by working hard, but ones who have it originally have the advantage. If two people, one with these aforementioned traits and one without, worked on a composition, the one with the traits would get a better composition. However, if one with these traits originally (who did not practice much) and one with the traits gathered via experience (thus practiced a lot) battled, then the latter would win.
It's a mix, in the end. What you're born with and what you can get yourself determines the quality of your art.
I believe there is no such thing as PURE art talent...here's why. Though some people are born with advantages. Let's say some were raised in a more liberal house hold where creativity was encouraged and the parents aren't prude and try to hide them from reality. Some people are also born with perfect eye sight, and don't have astigmatism or keratoconus like I do, which can cause some difficulty in perspective and proportions. Some people's brains are more wired to be better at observation at an early age and can become a more skilled artist earlier. However, the world around us is the key to an artists's growth, what we see and learn as we use our tools to recreate something on paper. In the end it comes down to how much effort it takes to learn to round yourself out as a good artist and always open yourself to never stop learning something new and strive to do your best. Taking people's feedback into consideration, and never using your emotions to get the best of you and push you in wrong directions. Artists like me, have to spend more time now learning what I could have learned a long time ago. I've had to re-evaluate my life and rebuild my foundations at a later age. This time I'm going to a prestigious art college for drawing, I'm also living on my own and I feel more free than I've ever been before, also much happier too. Good luck to all artists out there. Do your best.
I really believe that anyone can draw, but I think it comes easier to some people than others. Or maybe it's that the people that it comes easier to just have a greater motivation to learn and want to get better so they work that much harder. IDK XD
That's a good way to put it. I like your answer. For some people it comes easier, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to have to work at it. There are people with no artistic past what so ever who can outshine those who have a higher creative intelligence, if that makes sense. All because they worked hard at learning the correct foundations for art. I say this because I'm currently taking an art foundations class and I've built up many bad art habits from the past because I didn't work from a foundation, but those who don't have the prior knowledge are like a blank slate and can build skills correctly. A solid foundation brings a solid artist to put it one way. Now I have to do double work by removing bad habits and building correct ones. lol
theres probably alot of people who can imagine amazing things, but its how much dedication you have and how willing you are to try new methods and move away from your comfort zone that makes you a good artist. Theres no end to how good you can get, some people learn easier and are more comfortable with it but any "natural" talent is absorbed in your earlier years of life. Ive always been very stubborn to not learn how to color and use depth and light and shadow etc. and ive only recently been trying to learn, i wish i would have a long time ago.