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[Drawing] Your Signature
June 21, 2010

Are you having trouble convincing yourself that you can draw?

I often mention that writing is a simpler form of drawing due to the fact that all the letters of the alphabet were originally pictures or symbols. The difference is that writing stops short with the forming of letters and words, and is seldom seen for its beauty or artistic qualities.

The printing of alphabet letters is good preliminary practice for your hand to get used to applying strokes while your eyes grow accustomed to good lines of simple constructive forms.

Once you master the art of printing, then you shift to the progressive nature of writing, gradually building up the forms of the letters.

And so it is with drawing. We start drawing with the simplest of outlines and once we learn how to put down an outline satisfactorily, we then feel confident enough to add details. An outline is just the same as printing a letter of the alphabet.

That's why you hear so many people say "If you can write, you can draw."

We all approach drawing in different ways because we each must look for a style of drawing that suits us the best. Some artists like to draw what they are seeing directly onto paper. Other artists might use regular shapes to help them break down complex forms. There are a multitude of ways to put your thoughts into drawings.

You ultimately decide:-

  • what type of line you want to draw -- thick, thin, long or short.
  • to use a lot of detail, or a minimum amount.
  • to place more emphasis on a section of your drawing that you like best. You make a statement just with that little bit of emphasis, it's your way of saying this part intrigues you or speaks to you.

When your drawing is finished, look closely, because you are looking at another version of your signature.

Some people say they can read a person's personality by looking at a signature. Drawing is so much more expressive so we could learn a lot about ourselves just by studying our own drawings.

I look at my Mum's drawings and she has a gentle touch, she rarely (if ever) uses bold lines. My Mum is a gentle person and there is no boldness in her personality. I can clearly see those qualities in her work.

Take pleasure in the amount of time that it takes you to find your drawing style. Every artist eventually finds a method to use lines to suit his own personality.

And so it happens that your artwork will be easily recognized, just like a friend's handwriting.

What's New at

Drawing Outlines
Drawing outlines goes back to the basics of drawing. You can teach yourself to draw in a step by step format.

Teach Yourself How To Draw
This page is a follow-up page to Drawing Outlines so you can find out which method suits your drawing style.

Drawing Techniques
Introduce stiking effects into your drawings by learning new advanced techniques with pencil.

Tip of the Month

If you have a good outline, you have a solid foundation for a good drawing.

You can scribble in or around this outline and it'll still look great.

However, if you have a really neat drawing with a bad outline, all the neatness in the world won't save it.

Take your time with your outlines and the rest will fall into place naturally.

If you are teaching yourself to draw, there is a variety of digital books available online that might suit you. Here is a short page of book reviews.

If you have any questions about drawing, don't forget about the frequently asked questions page.

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To find out what's new on the site, the Drawings Blog gives you access to the last 20 pages to be added.

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

Until next month,

Have many happy creative days!


"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." - Ray Bradbury

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