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[Drawing] Anytime
September 21, 2010

How is your drawing hobby going?

Do you fret that you're not doing the right thing when you read that you should be drawing everyday? I know I do! But, you know, I honestly don't get time to draw everyday. Even when my intentions are good, something happens and it's simply not possible to put pencil to paper.

After reading one particular art book, I was so intimidated that I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to draw once I got around to it. That is not the case at all.

Whenever I start to draw, I'm transported to another place and I feel at peace. I may not be progressing as fast as I'd like but I can see improvement in every drawing I do.

Please don't let yourself be intimidated by what you read!

Just remember that you are the boss of you. Do what you want when you want to do it. Your drawings may not go down in history but do you care about that? This hobby is all about you and what it can give to you. Enjoy it! Enjoy the ride.

Watch your progression, it happens, even when you can't draw every day.

During the month, I deleted a comment made on a guest's drawing. I don't mind if comments are constructive but this one said that we had lied to the artist, that the drawing was no good (to put it nicely).

That comment was made in ignorance.

We don't lie at all. Some artists are brave enough to send in their drawings when they are learning and they are only wondering if they are on the right track. Gosh, when we learn, we all make mistakes but that doesn't take away the beauty of that drawing. I admire anyone who sends in their beginner drawings. I am a true fan of theirs for life! Besides, it's completely wonderful to watch them grow in confidence and produce some amazing work.

We show our drawings so we can receive hints and tips on how to improve but negative comments like that just don't make the cut. Nothing was gained by either party in that situation.

I know I am very fortunate to have a huge support base for my site and I am truly grateful to each and every one of you, thank you. However, the internet takes our drawings to the world so I keep a careful watch to protect my fledgling artists.

It's our hobby, we love drawing and we love sharing. I think artists are beautiful people and I'm completely happy to have you as part of my family.

What's New at

Recently, I bought another online art book called Learn Pencil Portraits in 7 Days! I've done a book review about it and I show you the results that I ended up with after following the directions in the book. Click here if you want to see my drawings and to learn more about this book.

Tip of the Month

If you are starting to use the eraser for highlights in your drawings, this handy tip shows ways and means of getting to those tight spots.

In a stiff piece of paper, cut slits or holes to your specified size. Place the paper over your drawing where you want to have highlights. Use your kneaded eraser to dab through the slits or holes, depending on the effect you want to create.

Sometimes it's hard to get a nice fine highlight so this is the ideal way of getting it right first time.

Handy Links

If you are teaching yourself to draw, there is a variety of great digital art books available online that might suit you.

Visit the frequently asked questions page for common drawing questions.

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!

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

Until next month,

Have many happy creative days!


"You will never find time for anything. You must make it." - Charles Buxton

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