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[Drawing] Mistakes
December 16, 2011

As we come to the end of another year, I wonder what you have learned from your drawing experiences over the last twelve months?

Do you think you have improved or is a fear of making mistakes holding you back?

It is human nature to hate making mistakes but do you realize that it stops you from achieving everything that you are capable of doing and being?

One of the biggest advantages of drawing is that you decide who gets to see your mistakes and who doesn't. So really, you have to ask yourself, what's to fear?

Now that I'm older, I laugh at how I always worried about what people thought about me or my artwork. I have since decided that I don't care what people think - that is so silly!

Being self conscious holds us back from being who we want to be.

When you face your fears and force yourself to do things you are reluctant to try, you eventually become comfortable and you will wonder what you were ever worried about in the first place.

Mistakes are necessary if we are ever going to know how to do anything properly!

That is why I like studying artwork -- I learn from it. I learn from other artists' mistakes as well as my own.

In the new year, resolve to make it a habit to simply learn from any mistakes you happen to make. This mindset will promote your growth as a person and an artist.

What's New at

Speaking of learning from mistakes, it has been 6 years since I started teaching myself to draw so I know a lot more information that I can now add to old pages at

Of course, it will be a work in progress but I am looking forward to sharing all the extra bits I have learned over time.

The upside down drawing page now shows you my results after I performed that good-fun exercise.

Previously, I wasn't sure if I was able to show it but I am now confident it doesn't infringe upon copyright laws. (I am not trying to sell my drawing, nor claim it as my own creation.)

On the black and white drawings page, I have added a step by step process on how to change a color picture over to a black and white picture using a simple and free image program.

Your Drawings
I look back over the past year and I really admire the achievements of all the artists who shared their artwork with us.

Unfortunately, due to various reasons, "Your Space" is not accepting new artwork and I'm not sure when or if it will become available again.

One reason is due to the old story of a minority abusing privileges that are given for free.

However, the option to comment on all drawings is still available so please continue to use that feature as you admire the most recent drawings.

I appreciate all of you who enjoyed displaying your drawings and the lively conversions that often took place, thank you.

I am really sorry for any disappointment this might cause.

Tip of the Month

Try drawing on a large surface like a black-board.

The larger surface and a thick piece of chalk will help to make your lines bolder and more graceful.

The biggest benefit of this exercise is that you learn to use the whole arm instead of only the wrist and hand.

Also, the amount of pressure required on the chalk will make your drawings firm and more decisive.

Drawing is the step you take from simply looking at things to making a picture of them.

Start with observing and drawing the simplest things before proceeding gradually onto more difficult subjects.

Handy Links

Here is a small selection of online art books that I have personally bought and reviewed. The list contains good quality art books which all carry a money back guarantee.

For common drawing questions, please visit the frequently asked questions page.

Drawing is a very economical hobby. Check the drawing supplies page which describes the materials you need to get started.

The Drawings Blog shows you the last 30 pages to be added to the site.

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

I Wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas.

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

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"All the resources we need are in our mind." - Theodore Roosevelt.

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