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[Drawing] or Sketching?
May 21, 2009

Do you ever wonder which comes first, drawing or sketching?

At first, I was possessed by learning all I could about drawing. It took me a while to realize that drawing and sketching were two different things.

I don't think there is a right answer to which should come first. I think it's up to the individual.

In my case, I was drawing for quite a while before I decided to learn how to sketch.

With sketching, you need to capture your subject with as few lines as possible. You have to be able to see and feel the minimum amount of lines needed for illustration.

Sketching quickly enables you to capture a moment. If you are a perfectionist, you will have to let that go! This has proven to be my biggest problem.

Actually, I'm finding it harder to learn how to sketch than I did to draw. However, I figure if I can draw, then I can surely sketch, too! It's been fun.

I shared a tip with you ages ago, that can be used if you are drawing or sketching. Here is a reminder, in case you had forgotten about it:

Squint your eyes or close one eye. The effect is like magic! You see where to scribble your shadow because the lights and darks become more obvious.

What's New at

There is a new page about the Drawing Supplies that are required to start this terrific hobby.

I receive a lot of questions via email, so I compiled them all and set up the new Drawing FAQ.

Visit the Drawings Blog for the links to recently uploaded pages and drawings. This is a handy page to Bookmark so you can visit it frequently and see what's new.

Tip of the Month

When you sketch from nature, place the horizon either above or below the middle.

This little tip will instantly make your sketch or drawing more interesting.

Also, try to include three (3) planes in a landscape - foreground, middle ground, distance. Remember that the foreground should be darker than the background.

, 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.

Have an artful day!

Until next month,


"Do not fail to draw something every day, for no matter how little, it will do you a world of good." - (Cennino Cennini)

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