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Draw What You Love
August 21, 2008

You can improve your drawing skills by constantly drawing a subject you love.

By practicing with this subject that you are enthusiastic about, you will acquire new drawing skills that will flow on to your next drawing subject. That is, when you are ready to move on! So, where does your interest lie?

My Mum hit an impasse with her art because she was trying to diversify her drawing subjects. (Mum was worried everyone was getting sick of her landscapes.) She found she was reluctant to pick up her pencils whenever she decided to draw something new.

I didn't like to see that Mum had stopped drawing and she seemed to have lost her spark. I knew her love lay with landscapes. So, I encouraged Mum to stay with that topic.

I'm happy to say that Mum has taken my advice and she's been producing some magnificent landscapes.

Don't worry if you think you've pigeon-holed yourself, that's fine. Take a look at all of the artists who specialize in one topic. Each subject offers its own intricacies and they are all individual.

I know I never get tired of looking at Mum's artwork and I never think "Oh no, not another landscape." Instead, I marvel at how wonderful they are and I wish I could draw like that! There is such a huge variety in landscape drawing, how could we ever get bored looking at the wonders of nature?

Now, you may be remembering that I mentioned in a previous newsletter not to keep drawing things that you know you can draw successfully. This statement is specifically aimed at beginner artists.

Your skills will not develop if you stay with the same thing over and over.

When you're learning, you need to be investigating all of the different mediums, shading techniques, topics and so on, just so you can discover what interests you and what tools are available to you. Eventually, you will settle into your niche.

Let's not rush the settling in process. It's too much fun being an explorer!

What's New at

Now that I have finished giving my site a makeover, I can start adding more drawings again. It's good to be back at the drawing board. I definitely feel an inner peace when I'm drawing.

Drawing Cartoons -
Drawing cartoons is such an adventure, it really takes you into another world. Here I've shown you some cartoon outlines that I drew in next to no time. They provide a good drawing exercise.

Tree Sketches -
This page shows some simple tree sketches that you can draw yourself. You will discover that sketching trees is a beautiful pastime. It doesn't matter if you copy from a book or from outside, you still reap the benefits just by drawing.

Visitor's Contributions

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

Sleepy by Sue (Tennessee)

Nature's Beauty by Ashley S. (Salisbury, NC)

Eric's Spider Man by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Michael Jordan by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Charcoal Flowers by Mellissa (Tempe, AZ)

My Tree Drawing by Melissa (Tempe, AZ)

A Flower Of Many Layers by Norge (Baltimore, MD USA)

Wedding Picture by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Portrait Of A Girl by Bella (Durban, South Africa )

Kitty by Bella (Durban, South Africa )

Owl by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Horse by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

My Other Horse by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Portrait Of A Friend by Abhirup (India)

Dad by Abhirup (India)

Horses by Elisabeth Moss (France)

Girlfriend by Abhirup (India)

Girl by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Man by Sergio Garcia (Waukegan Ill USA)

Mind Power by Jason (Cincinnati, Ohio, US)

If you have sent in drawings and you are disappointed that they have not been accepted, there could be a good reason for this. First of all, I have received a lot of submissions this month that have no drawing uploaded with them.

When you arrive at the Edit page, if you can't see your drawing there, that means there is no drawing uploaded!

Also, any drawing with little or no story does not get accepted. This might sound mean but it makes a very boring page.

No drawing is judged by its quality. If your submission includes the drawing and a story, it will be accepted.

How To Send In Your Drawings:

If you want to have your drawings on display, here's how you do it ...

From any page on the site, you will see the navigation bar on the left. It is in cream and burgundy colors. Just click on Your Drawings. This link is just over half way down the navigation bar.

On that page, scroll down to the heading "Select Your Topic." Under that heading, you will see 5 different categories:

Animal, Cartoon, Fantasy, Nature and Pencil.

Select and click on the link that suits your drawing. Don't worry if you can't decide which one, just pick one that you think.

This action takes you to a page that contains the boxes where you upload your drawing. In these boxes, you put the Title, Story, there's the browse box to find where your drawing is filed on your computer, and your name and location. Then you click the Submit/Send button.

The next page shows you how your page will look once it's up on the site. You can make any changes you like on this page.

At the bottom, you'll see the options to receive an email to notify you when anyone comments on your drawing, etc. You don't have to tick any of these if you don't want to. If you do want notifications, you need to make sure that your email address is typed in correctly, otherwise you won't receive them.

That's it, you're done!

Tip of the Month

If you lose your way, become confused or can't move forward, just refer to your journal or sketchbook to find where you went wrong.

If you don't have a sketchbook that you make notes in, look over your last few sketches to see if you can pinpoint where the problem lies.

It could be something as simple as moving on to another topic before you were ready.

It's not a good idea to ask for a critique of your drawings if you can't handle criticism. You don't want to lose your enthusiasm so protect it at all costs.

Don't forget, you build your own solid foundation by consistently practicing drawing simple shapes. That is, drawing circles, triangles, oval shapes, squares and oblong shapes. You also gain a lot of control by practicing lines at all different angles and degrees of thickness.

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,


"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." - Thomas Edison

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