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[Drawing] Reminders
December 14, 2010

Gosh, it feels like only 2 months since last Christmas or is that just me? The older I get, the faster time flies (cringe).

Anyway, I figure now is a good time to do some revision of the most important topics we discussed this year.

If you are just starting out learning to draw, there is a way you can successfully draw without any knowledge of perspective.

Thumbnail drawings continue to be one of my favorite things to do. If you struggle to find time to draw, then you will love thumbnail drawings. They only take a short time to produce yet they provide you with much satisfaction.

This week, I had some fun doing doodle drawings with my granddaughter. We spent hours making creations and it's quite interesting finding images amidst all those lines. It's kinda like discovering you didn't know you could draw those things!

I am a huge advocate for learning to draw in outline before moving on to detailed drawings and adding effects. However, we are all different and what suits me doesn't necessarily suit you. The options are endless when you are teaching yourself to draw.

Through the year, I shared a different way of learning how to draw from memory. Even though I only practice this with a couple of standard favorites, it still gives me joy to see I can produce something without reference material!

Practice has such a great impact on your progress so please don't expect to advance without practice. It's a good idea to consult art books to increase your understanding as you continue.

If you continuously read about drawing techniques, you can apply them naturally into your next drawing. Things just make more sense as you go along.

I'd really like you to remember that there are no rules in drawing. Follow your heart! It doesn't matter if you can't draw everything or if you don't know all the theory attached to drawing. If drawing makes you happy, just draw and enjoy it. Throw caution to the wind, life is short and your happiness does count.

I still copy other artist's work because it makes me happy copying different styles and studying techniques. I also think it'll make me a better artist eventually. I hope you allow yourself this leniency too.

Well, that wraps up another year, can you believe it? Thank you so much for sharing your time with me! I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Christmas and I look forward to more good times together next year.

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Tip of the Month

Whenever you draw, make sure that light comes from the opposite side to your drawing hand.

So, if you are right- handed, the light must come from the left side.

This stops the shadow of your hand from falling onto your paper and making it harder to see.

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

Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

Until next month, have many happy creative days!


"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw

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