There has been a lot of buzz regarding the evaporating ability to write longhand (cursive)...big mistake!
The eye-hand coordination that it develops is the entryway to many many skill sets. Its practice focuses the mind - no distractions - your brain will form new connections that will be permanent. All of the movements within the execution of longhand are the same as you need in learning to draw...
Another way to see it is the reverse... If you can do this you can draw - you just need to put together a new and refined way to understand what you are looking at and translate to line..(the drawing).
Above is a sample of a simple cursive alphabet but you will find dozens more with a search. First and foremost it is fast.... Your ideas will come fast - your hand should be able to keep up.
Your body has amazing skill that is already built in and ready to go ---- you just don't know it yet and have not assembled all the soldiers and aligned them to focus on the one job.. to draw.
Every semester with a novice class I demonstrate a simple example of how sensitive your perceptions can be.
I had them close their eyes and tell me which of two paper samples I placed one at a time between their thumb and forefinger was thicker or thinner. They never made a mistake...all could discriminate between .003 of an inch ( three one hundred thousandth of an inch..) Pretty remarkable - the thickness of one sheet of printing paper...Are there two pages of a book...or one page? We have all been there just didn't know how good those little fleshy puffy things on the end of our wrist were..Wait, there's more...
You also know more than you think you do...
Story..You are waiting on a corner for a friend who now is about a half hour late... you are getting anxious. They are supposed to be walking from the west section of the city... You still are looking at the crowd from both west and east just in case.. Yikes....you finally see them - two blocks away.. You recognize their walk and shape....Now, what does this tell you? It tells you that all you need is the shape and gesture to recognize something as believable...no details of face or clothing ... just shape and gesture...this will lead us into painting - a brush stroke or two with the right shape will suggest it all.
See you all in the nest post..GL