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[Drawing] Blueprint
February 21, 2013

Do you experience mixed feelings and some reluctance when it comes time to draw? If so, do a little self-quiz and find out what it is that's holding you back.

Ask yourself questions like...

  1. Am I confident in my ability?

  2. Do I keep a simplified process in my mind or do I visualize the impossible?

  3. Have I established a regular pattern (like blocking-in) to begin a drawing, every time?

  4. Have I decided on the medium (pencils or color) and paper that I like to use?
It is very important for hobby artists to establish a routine. It eliminates procrastination and you're over the first hurdle before you blink.

Let's elaborate a bit on those questions above:
  1. Confidence is a definite must-have. Continuously tell yourself you are a good artist, do not stop, say it until you believe it.

  2. Make simplicity your guide! Think of simplified strokes and everything else follows naturally.

  3. Experiment like mad until you find the starting method you prefer.

    Blocking-in and Measuring are 2 popular choices.
    Sometimes just placing a rough border on paper can get you going.
    You might also like to read about drawing outlines.
    Find what suits you and stick with it to get into a routine.

  4. If you haven't decided whether to pursue pencil drawing or using colors, then you definitely need to make this decision. Uncertainty can be a creative killer.

    Finding your favorite pencil and paper is a fun exercise that could take years. There is no hurry, generally any pencil and paper will do. Well, it works for me.
So now what? Start drawing, of course! This small habit gets you into a rhythm quickly and you'll wonder why you kept putting it off.

Oh, and please remember failures are good for you because ultimately it's a result of sorts. Each result takes you one step closer to being a successful artist.

Drawing Tip of the Month

It doesn't matter what you draw, always start with the largest object or item.

Make that your mantra and your drawings will flow.

Say you choose to draw a cow, sketch out the body first because that is the largest shape within the subject.

In landscape (for example), sketch the largest thing and then measure all other objects against that, to help judge proportion and placement.

Handy Links

Here are some 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 basic supplies needed to get started.

You are very welcome to connect with me through All About Drawings on Facebook.

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

Until next time, I wish you many creative days!

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"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be." - Dr Wayne Dyer

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