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[Drawing] Turtles
February 21, 2011

There was a great response to last month's newsletter about finding rhythm while you draw, so thank you for your feedback!

It's something that has really helped me to draw with more enjoyment too. I find I'm not laboring over a drawing, it appears on my paper with good speed and I am delighted with the results.

Of course, it isn't for everyone but it's good to have different options, isn't it?

I have been busy doing behind the scenes work for my website lately, so my drawings have been sadly neglected. To get back into creating pages with outlines and simple drawings, I put the rhythm exercise to the test and produced some turtle drawings. What fun that was!



I wasn't concerned about the outcome, I just wanted to feel the swift movement of the pencil. As a result, I think I tapped into a well of creativity that I didn't know I possessed.

I would love for you to try this:
  • Mentally hand over the reins to your inner artist.

  • Hover your pencil over the paper and quickly move it backward and forwards with air strokes.

  • Start drawing something that appeals to you.

  • Don't think as you draw, place the strokes where you think they need to be.

  • Pretend you are watching someone else's hand at work, remove yourself from the action.

Really, this exercise is not about the end result -- it's about how passionate you feel while you create.

Did you notice your worries or cares fly out the window, that your world becomes you and your pencil? You have created something that has come from your soul and it's a wonderful feeling.

Copy a photo or copy another artist's drawing, it doesn't matter - do what you want to do! It probably won't be anything like the original anyway. Remember to write on the back where your reference came from - this is so important, you'll thank yourself later for doing that. Don't forget to put the date there too!


I received many thoughtful emails regarding the flooding here in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley (Queensland, Australia). The generosity of spirit has been beautiful and I've learned that people can still surprise me with their show of strength and caring. Thank you very much for writing, I'm still catching up but I will write to you soon!

What's New at

Don't forget to check out the page about turtles. There's a simple outline for you to copy plus a couple of examples that are easy to produce.
Turtle Drawings.

Once you practice rhythm drawing, it reveals even more fascinating insights. I urge you to try it out and see for yourself:
Rhythm Drawing

You are more capable than you realize, just have faith and add a dash of patience.

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Tip of the Month

To enable rapid drawing you need to have continuous movement of your pencil so try overlapping short strokes.

Remember your starting lines should be light so you can go over them later with a firmer stroke once you are content with their placement.

Envisage where your lines are going rather than watching the pencil point.

Every drawing is practice. Practice is not boring, make it something you love to do.

Handy Links

Everyone of us needs to read an art book for learning and guidance. I've bought lots of online art books so I can weed out the good from the bad. Every single book I recommend carries a money back guarantee so there is no risk to you.

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

Until next month,

Have many happy creative days!


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