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[Drawing] or Sketching?
May 21, 2009

Do you ever wonder which comes first, drawing or sketching?

At first, I was possessed by learning all I could about drawing. It took me a while to realize that drawing and sketching were two different things.

I don't think there is a right answer to which should come first. I think it's up to the individual.

In my case, I was drawing for quite a while before I decided to learn how to sketch.

With sketching, you need to capture your subject with as few lines as possible. You have to be able to see and feel the minimum amount of lines needed for illustration.

Sketching quickly enables you to capture a moment. If you are a perfectionist, you will have to let that go! This has proven to be my biggest problem.

Actually, I'm finding it harder to learn how to sketch than I did to draw. However, I figure if I can draw, then I can surely sketch, too! It's been fun.

I shared a tip with you ages ago, that can be used if you are drawing or sketching. Here is a reminder, in case you had forgotten about it:

Squint your eyes or close one eye. The effect is like magic! You see where to scribble your shadow because the lights and darks become more obvious.

Look At This!

I have a friend, Mitch, who has asked me to let you know about a creation of his called Caricature Secrets.

It's so new, it's not available for ordering just yet. The official launch date is set for Monday the 24th May, 2009.

Mitch is an Art Director by day and he spends his spare time helping people learn to draw. He is a quality teacher, I know because I have learned some great tips from him.

This is a physical how-to-draw product that consists of 3 CDs plus another bonus CD. The initial offering of this course is going to be limited to just 500 copies and will be priced at $69.

I've had an insider peek at this package and I can't wait to get it. Luckily for me, he delivers worldwide, so I'm waiting for mine to arrive here in Australia.

Mitch is making every effort to overdeliver as much as he can. That means lots of good stuff for you and me.

Even if you're not interested in caricature work, in this package Mitch helps you with learning to draw the human form.

Thanks Mitch, for letting us have the first chance to own Caricature Secrets.

What's New at

There is a new page about the Drawing Supplies that are required to start this terrific hobby.

I receive a lot of questions via email, so I compiled them all and set up the new Drawing FAQ.

There was a need for an extra invitation page where you send in your Portrait Drawings. It's a popular area!

Your Drawings

There have been so many drawings sent in, that I can't share them all with you here. Instead, you will see a minimum of two drawings from each artist. Please visit the Gallery to see more. All drawings without comments can be found towards the bottom of each topic/page.

Or, you can also visit the Drawings Blog for the links to recently uploaded pages and drawings. This is a handy page to Bookmark so you can visit it frequently and see what's new.

Patty sent in her photo this month, please visit her page and say hi.
Patty by Patty (Sioux City Ia, USA)

Corn Palace In Sioux City by Patty Hanson (Iowa)

1932 Farmall by Patty Hanson (Iowa, United States)

Stacey did a self portrait, she's very good:
Stacey by stacey E. (scottsbuff neb)

Little Sis by stacey E. (scottsbuff neb)

My Cute Goof by stacey E. (scottsbuff neb)

Lovely Friend by Jana Esther (Prague)

Claudette by Jana Esther (Prague)

Mr G Raffe by Bella (Durban, South Africa)

Pencil Drawing by Bella (Durban, South Africa)

Solace by Mif (Engand)

1930's USA by Mif (England)

A Land Of Fairies by Atita (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Tribute To Pavement by Atita (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Farmland by nithya (madurai, india)

Sweet Home by nithya (madurai, india)

Fear by martin (dubai)

Anique Doll by martin (dubai)

Portrait Of Dada Radha Raman Ji by Sudha (Delhi, India)

Portrait Of Dr Radha Krishnan by Sudha (Delhi, India)

Hanuman by Viswanath (Pune India)

Indian Drawings by Viswanath (Pune India)

Mr Biggie Smalls by Nancy (Philly-USA)

Spheres by Nancy (fancy216) (Phila.Pa.)

Cats Eye by M. Smets (belgium)

Poker Hands by Samantha (Athens, PA)

Intense Shades by Ifrah Mahmood (Karachi Pakistan)

Practicing Grid Art by ronald j ferreira (maui hawaii)

Tip of the Month

When you sketch from nature, place the horizon either above or below the middle.

This little tip will instantly make your sketch or drawing more interesting.

Also, try to include three (3) planes in a landscape - foreground, middle ground, distance. Remember that the foreground should be darker than the background.

, 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.

Have an artful day!

Until next month,


"Do not fail to draw something every day, for no matter how little, it will do you a world of good." - (Cennino Cennini)

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