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[Drawing] Is So Easy To Quit
February 21, 2012

Drawing Is So Easy To Quit

I hope you had a nice festive holiday and that you are ready to start being creative in 2012.

I was thinking about my love of drawing the other day and how it is just the best hobby on the planet.

I like how my pencil waits patiently for me to pick it up and then there are no awkward moments between us, it's like we were never apart!

There is one important element when you are teaching yourself to draw and that is patience.

What's the first thing we do when things get too difficult? ...Yep, we give up! Don't ask me why, but it's a normal reaction.

When it comes to drawing, it's not a case of life or death so it's very easy to give up. We tell ourselves it doesn't matter, that we'll find something else that isn't so hard.

This is the wrong decision! Drawing is not hard, you've just taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way.

Ok, so here's how you get back on track:
  • Go back to the last step where you were completely satisfied with your progress.

  • Continue with copying easy drawings that appeal to you.

  • Heed the warning that you have simply taken one step too far or too fast.

Learn from that little misstep and let's move on! If you have patience, you will succeed.

I know the urge is strong to tackle a portrait (or whatever) that you have been wanting to draw forever, but if you're not ready, it won't come easily. This is exactly where your patience is tested so don't let your frustration ruin your artistic future.

Nurture this gentle hobby and it will be with you forever. I'm sure your pencil is as patient as mine!

The world is at your feet, just waiting for you to put it on paper with your own unique translation of how you see things. Doesn't that excite you?

There is no better gift, let's treasure it.

What's New at

New page:
Landscape Drawing

One of my greatest loves is drawing landscapes of all kinds. It is such a forgiving subject where we can make mistakes and camouflage them so no one will ever know.

After looking at this page, I hope you are encouraged to get your pencils out and have a good, productive drawing session.

Your Drawings

Our regular guest artist, Sue from Tennessee, has posted her latest drawings on my "All About Drawings" Facebook page so you are welcome to pop over there for a peek.

Please "Like" my page so you can leave a comment for Sue while you are there.

You are welcome to upload your latest drawings, too. Don't be shy, this is our little area where we share and encourage each other.

Tip of the Month

Keep a piece of sandpaper in your drawing toolbox.

When you are in the middle of a drawing, quickly rub your pencil point over the sandpaper to keep it nice and sharp.

This saves fiddling with a sharpener and losing your concentration.

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 to find your answers.

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.

Until next time, have many happy creative days!

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"What art offers is space, a certain breathing room for the spirit." - John Updike.

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