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What is a drawing?
August 21, 2007

Do you know the difference between a drawing and a sketch?

When I first started drawing, I was confused about the difference between the two. So, in case anyone else needs to know which is which, I thought I'd explain it to you.

A sketch is rapid and suggestive and it leaves plenty of room for your imagination.

A drawing has an outline and it can be shaded or left without much detail. An outline makes greater demands on your imagination than a shaded or colored drawing.

A study is the least demanding on your imagination because everything is thoroughly represented (done in careful detail).

When I looked these words up in the dictionary, sketch was defined pretty much the way I explain it here.

However, drawing and study both refer back to mean a "sketch." No wonder I had trouble working out the difference!

We won't worry about it. The terms and meanings that I give here are the ones that are widely accepted in the art world.

What's New at

Octopus Drawings

I was interested to learn that octopus tentacles are referred to as "arms". I have always called them legs!

Anyway, if you'd like to take a look at this complicated sea creature, see how you go copying one of these drawings.

Butterfly Pencil Drawings

I describe the features of the butterfly on this new page. Of course, I have also included more drawings.

I explain the facts about butterflies on my original butterfly drawings page.

Pencil Drawing Of A Fairy

Fairies are another widely searched topic. You can never get enough fairies!

I really do have to seriously start practicing how to draw faces. My lack of experience is hampering my efforts when I draw things like fairies.

I recently acquired a book about it so I need to dedicate a good block of time to it and get it done.

I can't wait to conquer that challenge.

I was thinking I should really start putting a creation date on my pages to help everyone follow my learning to draw process.

What do you think of that idea? Just hit reply if you want to share your thoughts.

Tip of the Month

To draw a tree, as soon as a limb branches off, the whole trunk usually changes direction slightly. It bends away from the branch.

When I come across these little snippets of information, I like to pass them on to you. I find it very interesting so I hope you do too!

Sometimes, it's the small things that escape our notice.

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

You can simply reply to this email if you have any feedback you'd like to share.

I hope all is well in your world,

with best wishes


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