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[Drawing] From The Beginning
January 21, 2010
It's the beginning of a brand new year so now is a good time to remember these points when teaching yourself to draw:
Drawing is something you learn by doing. Reading how to draw is beneficial but you have to apply that knowledge by putting pencil to paper.
If drawing is your hobby, remember there are no rules so don't let anyone tell you what you must or must not do. Wants and needs vary with each individual so be comfortable with taking what you like and rejecting any advice that doesn't suit you.
The beauty of graphite is that it is so diverse, there are so many ways to achieve different strokes with just one pencil.
I've been using pencil for years and I've yet to experience the feeling of boredom. It's challenging, there is so much to learn with drawing and I know my pencil is going to be with me for the rest of my days.
What's New at All About Drawings.com
Here's something for you to tackle once you start drawing subjects that are more complex.
Orchids are very unique and each one requires a good amount of observation.
I really enjoyed producing the few orchid drawings that I have managed so far and I look forward to drawing some more.
Please browse through your wonderful drawings that were submitted last month.
If you have sent in a drawing and you are disappointed that it hasn't been accepted or uploaded, please check the submission guidelines to discover the reason for its absence.
For this next month, I can tell you in advance that it is going to take a while for your drawings to be uploaded. Please be patient, they will be uploaded as soon as possible.
Tip of the Month
Anytime you see artwork that you admire, please study it. It doesn't have to be from the Masters or someone of note.
If you are drawn to a particular piece, examine it to find out what techniques they are using. Did they use stippling, hatching or blending? Use a magnifying glass to look closely at the use of strokes and how they are arranged.
See how you go by copying as much as you can from your memory of the piece. This will help to direct you towards the style you wish to develop.
Studying existing drawings and paintings is part of the framework that makes you an artist.
I'd like to thank you for your Christmas wishes plus all of the thank you notes that I received over the past month. Your lovely emails put such a big grin on my face.
My sincere thanks goes to you for your support and encouragement, I truly appreciate it.
If you have any questions about drawing, don't forget about the frequently asked questions page.
If you'd like to become a friend at allaboutdrawings.com, please find the Friend Connect box that appears towards the bottom of the right column on the home page. It's so nice to see you joining up with me, thank you.
To find out what's new on the site, the Drawings Blog gives you access to the last 20 pages to be added.
, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this issue.
You are always welcome to reply to this email (just click on "Reply" within your email provider) if you have anything you'd like to share with me.
Until next time,
Have a creative day!
"Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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