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Drawing Randomly
September 21, 2008

I was sifting through some of my site notes today, and it gave me great delight to find little sketches on most pages. I was mad with myself for not thinking to date these meanderings!

I date all of my work in my sketch pads and the drawings I have done for the site, but I omitted to date these sketches that I had plonked on my notes! I also should have noted what I was experimenting with at the time. And, what inspired me to draw something. How I regret not making some comments. I like to think you can learn from my mistakes. That way, when you refer back to your drawings, your notes would give you an insight that would normally be obscure to you.

Part of the fun of learning to draw is to sketch anything and everything. Each sketch shows us what stage we are up to with our drawing process. There will be some duds, but we learn from them as well.

I wish I had more time to explore all of the art sites and tutorials that are available to us. Time is a very valuable commodity these days.

I think hobby artists can be forgiven for not being totally organized and for not having good time management skills. Artists are supposed to be a bit laid back, aren't they?

I don't get a lot of time to draw but I squeeze it in whenever I possibly can. My sketches throughout my notes are a testament to that. It gives me such pleasure, and as I said, it's a surprise to find little sketches everywhere.

I hope to inspire you to pick up this habit. If you have a pen or pencil in your hand, DRAW. Draw anything! Draw anywhere! Experiment. Doodle. Find peace.

Roses are so popular as a drawing subject that I did some sketching, to see what I could come up with. As usual, I did the sketch and then I tidied it up! I just have to get out of that habit. Here is the first page ...

Sketches Of Roses

After I did those drawings, it struck me how easy it was to do the simple little sketches that I show towards the bottom of that page. It prompted me to write a quick step by step process. You can take a look here and have a go at following the steps ...

How To Sketch A Rose

I can't believe how fast the time is flying by. It looks like I won't get time to do any more new drawings this month.

Tip of the Month

When you work with pencil, you need to seal your drawing once it's finished. Otherwise, the graphite will get smudged when it's touched or if it rubs against another surface.

You can buy a fixative spray at art shops or you can use hairspray. Hairspray is the cheaper way to go. Try to find one that is free of perfume.

Take care when you spray, you have to do it lightly. If it doesn't seem to take, do another light application. It is better to do this progressively than to do it too heavily in the first place. If it's too heavy, you will notice an uneven, unnatural gloss.

Make sure you are definitely satisfied with your drawing because once it's sealed, there's no going back!

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

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

Take care,


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - Les Brown

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