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September 21, 2009
Are you addicted to drawing sites? I know I am!
What's New at AllAboutDrawings.com
I have done a list all of the free drawing programs, that I know, use and love.
I use each program for something different - that's only because I haven't taken the time to learn one thoroughly!
I want to reassure you that I don't tinker with my drawings on the site. What you see is what I drew. I wouldn't be satisfied with my drawings if I improved them via an image program. That's not me.
If I find a tutorial on how to add text to an image, or something else along those lines, I usually download the program so I can follow the tutorial.
Anyway, as you will see, I have quite a few favorites.
Mostly, they all do similar things but each is good in its own right. I thought it would be good to share them with you.
I hope you enjoy having a fiddle with them!
Take a look at all of your drawings that were submitted in the last month.
Wow! I'd like to thank all of you for participating. Everyone is going ahead in leaps and bounds. I love to see follow up work and to watch each artist grow.
If you want to find your own drawing, just put your first name, or the title of your drawing, in the Google search bar on my site. That search bar is also found on most pages of allaboutdrawings.com.
The Drawings Blog is available too, it shows 20 of the latest pages to be added to the site.
Thank you for writing to me last month, the response was overwhelming, and each email was beautiful.
Mif (aka Carl) sent me a good analogy that I want to share, I think it is so appropriate.
He said: "What is "A real artist" anyway? That's a bit like saying someone isn't a real pilot, because they only fly a light aircraft for fun as opposed to someone who pilots British Airways. Just because you don't fit every definition of "artist" doesn't mean you aren't one."
Thanks Mif, that is so right.
I also came away from reading all of those emails, reassured that most of you are learning something from my site. I am so proud to be surrounded by such wonderful people.
In summary of last month's newsletter, I need you to know that I wasn't offended by the comment. I am happy wearing a coat that says "Hobby Artist", that suits me fine.
Tip of the Month
Here's another trick you can use to improve your drawing skills. If you are right-handed, try drawing with your left hand, and vice versa.
It really helps your hand-eye co-ordination.
Once you start to get the hang of that, put a pencil in both hands and practice being ambidextrous. Try to draw symmetrical forms like a vase, where one side is a mirror of the other. I found it helped to mark some guide lines on my paper first.
This tip will certainly get your artistic brain into gear!
If you get frustrated too easily, just try it for a couple of minutes at a time.
I really enjoy doing this, and sometimes I even impress myself. Of course, I always make a note underneath the drawing to say that it was done with my left hand! I don't want to give myself a heart attack when I look back at my work.
Remember, whatever you do, just have fun.
Do you have a question about drawing? Before you write to ask that question, you'll probably find the answer in the frequently asked questions.
, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this issue.
You are welcome to reply to this email if you want to get in touch with me.
I hope you are well and happy,
"Art although produced by man's hands, is something not created by hands alone, but something which wells up from a deeper source out of our soul." - Vincent Van Gogh
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