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December 15, 2013
We tend to be very impatient when we really want something, don't we? Like when we have a yearning to draw, we want to be good from the very beginning -- who needs to wade through boring lessons, right?
Resources for ChristmasIt only takes a minute or two to sketch something and make your own Christmas gift tags. If you wish, go over the sketch carefully with a permanent pen or even watercolor pencils and brush over lightly with water.
Find some simple Christmas images here and here.
If you have the time, how about making an original gift for that special person in your life, like this doodle.
The How To Sketch book in paperback is proving to be a very popular Christmas gift.
Another great idea is to buy the digital How To Sketch book and copy it onto a thumb or flash drive to give as a gift. All budding artists would love that!
Drawing Tip of the MonthProportion evolves naturally in your drawings when you establish good lines that mimic a skeleton of your subject. (You can also create a skeleton in a "mental exercise" as described above.)
Develop a habit to ask yourself questions as you draw the skeleton -- which way does it lean or stand as a whole entity, where are the main protruding bits -- are they straight or curved, go up or down, etc.
After you identify the largest pieces that make up a subject, indicate their direction and length with a single stroke and compare one line to the other as you go along (this helps put all parts in proportion to each other).
Once you have a skeleton on paper, use these foundation lines as central lines and build around them to create the volume of your subject.
This advice works for a good majority of subjects. If you don't have a layout to build upon, you more than likely end up with everything skewed.
Handy LinksFind some good 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 ones 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 - see the few basic supplies needed to get started.
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, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this issue.
I send my deep gratitude for your friendship and support. May you enjoy a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, take care and I'll chat with you again in February 2014.
How To Sketch book
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
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