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[Drawing] and Criticism
June 21, 2009

Guess what? I've grown as an artist!

As I share this story, I hope it makes a difference to you too, to help you become a better artist.

In the past, I've talked about how I don't ask for criticism on my drawings because I don't like how it affects me.

However, there's no doubt, with each day we grow as artists. (Exciting, hey?)

My story starts when I joined a few drawing forums. I am now a member at 3 forums - Drawsketch, Artpapa and Wetcanvas.

These forums are a place where like-minded artists get together and discuss their favorite hobby - drawing!

At Drawsketch, we were talking about how interesting it is to see how one photo can be interpreted so differently by each artist. So, we decided to pick a photo and invited interested parties to draw the photo.

Now, I want you to put yourself in my shoes. Can you imagine how terrified I was to upload my drawing? A million "what ifs" went through my head.

But, and here's the lesson for you, if they have a criticism, they offer constructive advice along with it.

This advice is given freely, and genuinely with your best interests at heart, to help you improve.

When I received my first bit of advice on the forum, it didn't feel like a criticism at all. I didn't suffer any negative emotions whatsoever. Instead, I gained a valuable drawing tip.

If you are interested to see the photo, and my first and second attempts at interpretation, you can read more here - my Drawing Critique experience.

I'm sure I would be miles ahead with my drawing skills if I had known this sooner.

I hope you learn from me. I want to walk on the broken glass for you, to save you any pain.

So, become brave, get out there and ask other artists for some advice. It will be to your benefit. Remember though, there's nothing wrong with being careful who you ask.

Visit the Drawings Blog which shows all recently uploaded pages and drawings.

Tip of the Month

Have you ever done a fantastic sketch or doodle on a scrap piece of paper? We shouldn't do it, but sometimes we just grab the first available piece of paper and scribble away without thought.

Well, if you are especially proud of that scrap paper sketch, all you need to do is paste it inside your sketchbook to provide you with a permanent reminder.

That's better than putting it on its own, in a drawer, to be lost and never seen again!

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

You are welcome to reply to this email if you have anything you'd like to share with me.

Take care,


"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness." - Eckhart Tolle

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