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[Drawing] - Take Your Mark...
October 21, 2012

Sometimes it's difficult to know where or how to start a drawing and that leads to a little bit of frustration on our part. Luckily for us, there is the 'measure and mark' method which is a wonderful tool to use at times like this.

This particular tip is handy when you are using reference material and not drawing from life.

THE FIRST STEP - Using a border.

Most pictures have borders but if they don't or you want to highlight one particular area within a picture, you can rule one in.

A border instantly simplifies the subject you want to draw because you can now judge how far it appears from all sides. Basically, it takes care of the proportion of objects.

SECOND STEP - Make marks on paper where the subject sits within the border, to indicate the top, bottom, left and right. You can use a ruler or you can use your eye to estimate distances. In most cases, these 4 indicators will be enough but you can place as many markers as you please.

THIRD STEP - Start sketching in roughly to make sure it's going to plan and don't look back, just enjoy the pleasurable moment.

See my latest creations using the beneficial measure and mark method.

See more details about this process using the subject of cars.

Something like a car is a good subject for this exercise because it is basically one block within a frame. I find that measuring in a fussy manner doesn't work for all subjects. I mostly use the rough visual method and constantly compare an object with the horizontal and vertical borders.

I also do a lot of drawing without borders but I generally use little marks to indicate limits before I start. More often than not, I draw over the top of these marks rather than erase them.

Life is so much easier if we are willing to accept support so using little tools to help us achieve a good drawing is exactly the same thing. Besides, it really helps us feel great when we create good artwork.

How To Sketch
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Since I released the digital version of How To Sketch, I received numerous requests for the book to be made into a physical copy.

I never dreamed I would be a published author but it is quite thrilling now that it is done.

It wouldn't have happened without all of your support and kindness, thank you.

Spoil yourself and order your copy today. It is the similar price of a magazine but it's better value because it has absolutely no ads!

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    This helpful drawing tip will see you producing fine artwork in a shorter timeframe. Never be afraid to accept help whenever it is needed.

Drawing Tip of the Month

If you constantly erase and only have neat lines in a drawing, you end up giving too much time to that drawing by trying to make it perfect.

When light lines are drawn in and not erased, and more lines are added when some don't feel right, you are much more free to change things as you go along.

Once you are finished, just apply more pressure over the correct lines to make them darker.

This is the most accurate way to gain the skill of sketching quickly.

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 books 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 and this list of basic supplies shows everything you need 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 hope you enjoy many creative days!

from Kerry.
How To Sketch package (digital)
How To Sketch book (hard copy)
How To Draw Outlines (Kindle)

"No matter how small, acknowledge the achievement." - Greg Henry Quinn

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