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[Drawing] and Criticism
June 21, 2009

Guess what? I've grown as an artist!

As I share this story, I hope it makes a difference to you too, to help you become a better artist.

In the past, I've talked about how I don't ask for criticism on my drawings because I don't like how it affects me.

However, there's no doubt, with each day we grow as artists. (Exciting, hey?)

My story starts when I joined a few drawing forums. I am now a member at 3 forums - Drawsketch, Artpapa and Wetcanvas.

These forums are a place where like-minded artists get together and discuss their favorite hobby - drawing!

At Drawsketch, we were talking about how interesting it is to see how one photo can be interpreted so differently by each artist. So, we decided to pick a photo and invited interested parties to draw the photo.

Now, I want you to put yourself in my shoes. Can you imagine how terrified I was to upload my drawing? A million "what ifs" went through my head.

But, and here's the lesson for you, if they have a criticism, they offer constructive advice along with it.

This advice is given freely, and genuinely with your best interests at heart, to help you improve.

When I received my first bit of advice on the forum, it didn't feel like a criticism at all. I didn't suffer any negative emotions whatsoever. Instead, I gained a valuable drawing tip.

If you are interested to see the photo, and my first and second attempts at interpretation, you can read more here - my Drawing Critique experience.

I'm sure I would be miles ahead with my drawing skills if I had known this sooner.

I hope you learn from me. I want to walk on the broken glass for you, to save you any pain.

So, become brave, get out there and ask other artists for some advice. It will be to your benefit. Remember though, there's nothing wrong with being careful who you ask.

What's New at

My Drawing Critique - Talk about facing your fears! I share my latest encounter with you.

Your Drawing Critique - This is a different page, just for you, to share anything you have to say about asking for a drawing critique. You can give feedback on anything related to this topic.

Your Drawings

It's exciting to see so many people participate in Your Gallery. So far this month, there are 40 new submissions. To keep the size of this newsletter reasonable, there are only two drawings from each artist.

Please visit Your Drawings Gallery to see more. (That link takes you to the main portal page, where you select your favorite topic - portrait, animal etc - to see all the new drawings.)

Also, you have the option of visiting the Drawings Blog which shows all recently uploaded pages and drawings.

Your Portrait Drawings:

Thinking by stacey E. (scottsbuff neb)

Full Of LIfe by stacey E. (scottsbuff neb)

Portrait Of A Niece Patty (Iowa)

Head Of A Woman by Jana Esther (Prague)

Portrait Of Jack Sparrow by Ou Kan (Guangzhou China)

My Nephew by mike garcia (carrollton Tx)

The Cowboy by mike garcia (carrollton Tx)

The Scared Heart by Omaima (Egypt, Cairo)

Sus and Millie by Jean (Wisbech)

Your Pencil Drawings:

Music Notes by Anna Brady (St. James, Missouri. USA)

The Perfect Hand by Tim Morris (Fayetteville AR)

Bleeding Heart by Dani Geissinger (Silver Springs NV)

More CD Art by Viswanath V Rao (Pune INDIA)

Shri Ganpati Maharaj-Ji by Vandana bhasin (Rudrapur (U.S.Nagar) INDIA)

Handy by Christine (Fyn, Denmark)

In Honor Of Mary by Patty (Iowa)

On The Window Sill by Sandra Busby (UK - England)

Your Animal Drawings:

Beautiful Butterfly by caitlin (london)

Beautiful Parrot by sabitha (dubai u.a.e)

Horse Head by Nancy (Philly Pa.)

A Lost Dog by ronald (maui)

Your Fantasy Drawings:

Old Godzilla by Cam. V (Adelaide Australia)

Squid Dragon by Jannick Woythal (Denmark)

Gandalf The White by Jannick Woythal (Denmark)

Born At Midnight by Nathan (USA Spokane WA)

Dragon Pit Fighting Winner by Nathan (USA Spokane WA)

Your Nature Drawings:

A Leaf by Sandra Busby (UK - England)

Pink Flowers by Anna Brady (St. James, Missouri. USA)

Into The Distance by Beth Tatum (VA USA)

Your Cartoon Drawings:

Try To Catch by Madiha (Pakistan)

Mickey and Minnie by Madiha (Pakistan)

Here are the Titles of more new drawings submitted by artists featured above.

You can find these drawings by putting the title in the search bar (then hit enter or the search button).

Plate Of Fruit by Sandra Busby (UK - England)

What's For Dinner by Sandra Busby (UK - England)

Close Up Elephant by Patty (Iowa)

Elephant by Patty (Iowa)

Music Major by Patty (Iowa)

Portrait Of Man and Wife by Patty (Iowa)

Portrait Of Kindness and Wisdom by Patty (Iowa)

An Old Sad Tree by Madiha (Pakistan)

Tip of the Month

Have you ever done a fantastic sketch or doodle on a scrap piece of paper? We shouldn't do it, but sometimes we just grab the first available piece of paper and scribble away without thought.

Well, if you are especially proud of that scrap paper sketch, all you need to do is paste it inside your sketchbook to provide you with a permanent reminder.

That's better than putting it on its own, in a drawer, to be lost and never seen again!

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

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

Take care,


"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness." - Eckhart Tolle

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