I have always wanted to learn how to draw but I was afraid I couldn't do it so I didn't. The same for painting. I was always envious of those who had artistic talent and never felt I did. It was my fears that kept me yearning instead of doing. My first art classes were given by an artist who painted abstractly with very big brushes. The benefit was I didn't have to know how to draw. Abstracts were great. I would just hint at what the subject was and get away with it but inside I've always wanted to learn how to draw. Finally I'm taking a drawing class and yes, I've started with a portrait class and surprising myself that I'm capturing the likeness. My advice is don't wait to do whatever it is you've been yearning to do. Do it NOW. Be willing to make mistakes - that's part of the process of learning and really it's no biggie. I should know - I've made plenty of them myself.