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[Drawing] With Feeling
April 21, 2012

Drawing With Feeling

Whenever I experience a new sensation with my drawings, I just can't wait to tell you about it!

As a sidenote, I want to say that I know I am slow on the uptake, that my discoveries are not unique but they are real ah-ha moments that you can expect will happen for you (if they haven't already).

The story begins with me drawing some things around the house, sort of like a little test to monitor my progress. This is different for me because I usually like to copy from pictures.

I sat on the floor and drew a shoe near the back door. It is a quick drawing so it is in no way perfect, but something happened as I drew it...

Sports Shoe

To my surprise, I noticed that now I am starting to feel more as I draw. It actually startled me... in a pleasant way, of course!

Previously, I fully concentrated on learning to see as artists do, to trust my eyes and not let my perceptions tarnish my drawings. This is a good thing to do because you become more confident drawing what you truly see.

Now that I have accomplished "seeing" and something new like "feeling" is on the horizon, I think I have reached a major milestone in my drawing experience!

I once read in an art book "to mentally feel the object as you draw it" but previously it just wasn't happening for me that way. If this is the case for you, don't worry, you will experience it providing you keep drawing.

Just like a dancer choreographs a routine to blend in and move with the music, if we feel in tune with the movement of the pencil we will surely create beautiful art.

All you have to do is devote your mind to the task of producing great drawings and you will achieve all of your goals.

What's New at

New page:
Things To Draw

I know what it's like to try and find simple things to draw so I filled a page on my site with the types of drawings I like to work on.

I'd be over the moon if I can inspire you to try drawing different subjects that you normally wouldn't gravitate towards.

Updated page:
Free Drawing Programs

A little while ago, our regular guest artist Michael mentioned another free image program called "Artweaver". I have finally added it to our list of image manipulation programs for you to explore.

Your Drawings

We have seen some terrific artwork being shared on the All About Drawings Facebook page.

If you don't feel like showing your artwork yet, you are welcome to pop in and make some comments because it's still nice to get together and chat.

Drawing Tip of the Month

A safe rule to follow in drawing is to use black, gray and white.

Usually, in our early attempts, there is a tendency to omit the black (well, I know I am guilty of that!).

Look for the place in the drawing where you can locate this black; you are not likely to get too much of it.

Let the gray (also known as half tone) be rather light, midway in strength between white and black. A heavy half tone contributes to confusion and becomes indistinct against the black.

Handy Links

Here are some online drawing books that I bought to help me learn, practice and improve. They all have a money-back guarantee which is fantastic because the books I like may not necessarily be the same books you like.

If you have any drawing questions, please visit the frequently asked questions page to find your answers.

Drawing is a very economical hobby and this list of drawing supplies shows the few things you need to get started.

The Drawings Blog is a preview of the latest 30 pages (new or updated) on the site.

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

Until next time, I hope you have many happy, creative days!

from Kerry.
How To Sketch book

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched... they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

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