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Drawing Randomly
September 21, 2008

I was sifting through some of my site notes today, and it gave me great delight to find little sketches on most pages. I was mad with myself for not thinking to date these meanderings!

I date all of my work in my sketch pads and the drawings I have done for the site, but I omitted to date these sketches that I had plonked on my notes! I also should have noted what I was experimenting with at the time. And, what inspired me to draw something. How I regret not making some comments. I like to think you can learn from my mistakes. That way, when you refer back to your drawings, your notes would give you an insight that would normally be obscure to you.

Part of the fun of learning to draw is to sketch anything and everything. Each sketch shows us what stage we are up to with our drawing process. There will be some duds, but we learn from them as well.

I wish I had more time to explore all of the art sites and tutorials that are available to us. Time is a very valuable commodity these days.

I think hobby artists can be forgiven for not being totally organized and for not having good time management skills. Artists are supposed to be a bit laid back, aren't they?

I don't get a lot of time to draw but I squeeze it in whenever I possibly can. My sketches throughout my notes are a testament to that. It gives me such pleasure, and as I said, it's a surprise to find little sketches everywhere.

I hope to inspire you to pick up this habit. If you have a pen or pencil in your hand, DRAW. Draw anything! Draw anywhere! Experiment. Doodle. Find peace.

What's New at

Hey, guess what? Now you can send in your photo or self portrait, and write a profile about yourself! How great is this?

Here is the page to go to:
Meet The Artist - Introduce Yourself

Don't be intimidated, this site is all about learning to draw, so please join in. We're not experts, we're friends.

I feel like I personally know most of the artists who participate by sending in drawings. To see/meet each artist would be so lovely and our friendships can only grow from here.

Shane from Seattle initiated this, by sending in his photo and revealing his drawing techniques. You can view his page here:
Shane and Friend

I was amazed by Shane's generosity with the time he took to write all about his experience and to share it so unselfishly with us. Thanks Shane.

If you have any problems uploading your photo, please write to me via my contact page. You don't need to attach the image to this email, just let me know if you are experiencing a problem and I'll try to fix it.

Roses are so popular as a drawing subject that I did some sketching, to see what I could come up with. As usual, I did the sketch and then I tidied it up! I just have to get out of that habit. Here is the first page ...

Sketches Of Roses

After I did those drawings, it struck me how easy it was to do the simple little sketches that I show towards the bottom of that page. It prompted me to write a quick step by step process. You can take a look here and have a go at following the steps ...

How To Sketch A Rose

I can't believe how fast the time is flying by. It looks like I won't get time to do any more new drawings this month.

Your Drawings

Here are this month's featured drawings by these lovely folks:

Portrait Of Kate Beckinsale by Nakul Paricharak (Netherlands Antilles )

Mountain Trail by Forrest S Clark (Bristol TN)

Cartoon Drawing by Kelly Beasley (Monroe Center Il USA)

Burning Heart by Donnie Ellis Jr. (Sioux Falls , South Dakota)

Just A Thought by Johnnoin Zane-Marc Pratt (Morant bay, St Thomas, Jamaica)

Enter Kepan And Perola by Shane (Seattle WA)

Peyguhn Face by Shane (Seattle WA)

Kepan and Fortis Fight by Shane (Seattle WA)

Omega Double "T" by Shane (Seattle WA)

Peyguhn Seated by Shane (Seattle WA)

Fortis Walking Away Angry by Shane (Seattle WA)

Dark Cyborg by Shane (Seattle WA)

Portrait Of My Friends by Clara (Portugal)

Tip of the Month

When you work with pencil, you need to seal your drawing once it's finished. Otherwise, the graphite will get smudged when it's touched or if it rubs against another surface.

You can buy a fixative spray at art shops or you can use hairspray. Hairspray is the cheaper way to go. Try to find one that is free of perfume.

Take care when you spray, you have to do it lightly. If it doesn't seem to take, do another light application. It is better to do this progressively than to do it too heavily in the first place. If it's too heavy, you will notice an uneven, unnatural gloss.

Make sure you are definitely satisfied with your drawing because once it's sealed, there's no going back!

Thank you,, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this issue.

You can simply reply to this email if you have anything you'd like to share with me.

Take care,


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - Les Brown

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