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Goals and Hobbies
January 21, 2008

Welcome to the new year of 2008!

I wonder what this year will hold for us? Have you written down what you'd like to achieve?

I never used to be a fan of writing down goals but I look back and I realize I wasted a lot of time. I was going through life aimlessly, with no vision to motivate me. Everything was "One day, I'm going to ..."

During the break, I did some drawings. As usual, portrait drawing got a fair share of my time. I really, really want to master the art of portrait drawing. Ok, that's going on my list of goals.

Another goal is to complete the site facelift I'm in the process of doing. I'm not putting it up until I'm completely satisfied. (That's a hint that it could take me a while!)

This year, I encourage you to read as many art books as you can. It helps you to discover what style you like and what amazing drawings you can create.

It seems to take no effort when you finally click onto the style you like to tinker with. I have noticed how much my drawing style has changed in 12 months.

It's easy to put off a hobby when you think there are so many other "important" things you must do. However, do you realize that if you set aside time for art, that you are actually recharging your batteries while you are drawing? That's a good reason to include artistic things in your list of goals this year.

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I continue to be impressed with the quality of the drawings that are being sent in. [Sorry, links removed]

Tip of the Month

What is the correct way to hold a pencil when you are drawing?

I really love the art teacher who says "The way to hold a pencil is entirely personal." Bingo! I couldn't agree more.

When you are learning to draw, it's hard enough trying to draw without trying to remember how to hold your pencil. Trust your instincts for what suits you.

Once you become more comfortable with your drawings and you're looking for new horizons, then you can challenge yourself and try holding your pencil a different way.

I do believe you get more control if you hold the pencil at least one inch from the tip. Try not to grip your pencil too tightly.

Also, when you are drawing, your wrist should move, not so much your fingers.

Again, these are things that you can pick up along the way, all at your own sweet pace.

Thank you,, for taking the time out of your busy day to read this issue.

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Take care of you,


"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer." - Star Rich├ęs

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