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[Drawing] Secrets
December 17, 2008

If you are trying to teach yourself to draw, the best advice I can give you is to keep your practice drawings to yourself.

It's fine to proudly show off what you can do in the early stages, but if you do that, be prepared for criticism.

When I was practicing at the start, I remember how I couldn't believe that I could draw certain things. (It still surprises me!) My first instinct was to show someone, and I invariably got criticism on what was wrong with the drawing.

I recall that I felt hurt and disillusioned. Some people are ignorant of the fact that you are just starting your learning to draw program.

I did show my family but I prefaced the display with "Please, no criticism, I know it's not perfect but I'm excited about it." They understood, of course. They are my real cheer squad.

Make sure you can handle criticism before you ask for it.

Even now, when I look through my "learner" drawings, I don't want to show anyone. They're my secret.

You are allowed this privacy. Don't feel uncomfortable about it. It's you who will benefit in the long run. You can't afford to get disenchanted with your drawings.

The fact that you think they are great is your motivation to move onto your next drawing. That trend is called practicing and that's all you need to do to be successful as an artist.

What's New at

I found a great kids drawing book that would make an excellent present for Christmas. I have already purchased it so I can give it to my grand-daughter. (sorry, link removed because the book is no longer available - edited July 2017)

What's more, I received it instantly and I can print it out as many times as I like and give it to all the kids in our family. I pay for it once but it's a gift several times over. In my books, that's a bargain!

There is also a selection of books for everyone on the drawing books page. That's my style of shopping - I don't even have to leave home.

Tip of the Month

When it's impossible for you to draw, put your observation skills to good use.

This will help you to determine how to achieve different effects in your drawings.

For example, when you look at something, work out which direction the light is coming from (i.e. the light source), then observe the way that shadows fall from it.

If you have the opportunity, also observe reflections - they are so interesting!

This is a simple way of learning and it injects more enjoyment into your hobby.

The next time I write to you, it will be 2009. I would like to take this moment to wish you a very happy Christmas. I hope 2009 proves to be an artistically rewarding year for you. Please stay safe and healthy.

, thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to read this issue, I appreciate it.

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

Take care of you for me,


"Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it." - Robert Motherwell

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