Back to Back Issues Page
[Drawing] Is Healthy
October 21, 2010

It seems we all lead stressful lives these days. You're probably so busy you don't take time out for yourself. I know what it's like - our days are so full-on, I wonder what ever happened to idle moments?

Did you know that drawing is good exercise for your mind? That's right, it's not only our bodies that need regular exercise but our minds need rejuvenating too.

I've lost count of the benefits of drawing and now here's another for you -- it's a healthy hobby! Drawing gives your mind a break from everyday pressure.

My favorite moments are when I get a chance to draw, even though there are so many other things that need my attention. Now we can all feel much better knowing that we are really doing something constructive...

Just drawing for 5 minutes is good medicine!

Whenever I have a pen in my hand, I look for a nearby object and draw it on the paper in front of me. It only takes a minute and your family or friends will come to love seeing your little sketches all around the place (hopefully!).

I know, it's naughty to do this but sometimes our sketchbooks are out of reach and you can't afford to lose the momentum of the moment.

If you create a drawing that you are particularly proud of, cut it out and paste it into your sketchbook.

If you're seeking motivation, just flip through one of your sketchbooks. Do you feel the urge to grab your pencils and draw again? Even going through art books gets my fingers itching to hold that pencil.

Did you see the quote in last month's newsletter? It's worth repeating so here it is...
"You will never find time for anything. You must make it." - Charles Buxton

We have to be strong and make sure we include drawing in our busy lives -- somehow and anyhow will do!

What's New at

There haven't been any new site pages recently because I have been writing an e-book. This little project has taken me well over 2 years to complete but I am very close to releasing it -- finally! I'll tell you all about it next month, I promise!

Tip of the Month

There is an easy solution if you feel stuck when you've got pen in hand ready to draw something nearby.

Just look for geometric shapes to help you make a complex form into something quite simple.

When time is ultra brief, this is a great opportunity to practice drawing outlines.

Try it, what have you got to lose?

Handy Links

If you are teaching yourself to draw, there is a variety of terrific online art books available that just might suit you. If you're not satisfied, they all carry a money back guarantee so there's absolutely no risk involved.

For common drawing questions, visit the frequently asked questions page.

To become a friend at, please find the Friend Connect box that appears towards the bottom of the right column on the home page.

The Drawings Blog shows you the last 30 pages to be added to the site.

Another way to stay up to date with the latest developments on the site is to sign up for the Drawings Blog by RSS feed. It's really quick and easy!

, I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this issue.

Until next month,

Have many happy creative days!


"It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found." - George E. Woodberry

Back to Back Issues Page