Contour drawing of my palm

May 22, 2012

This is such a terrific drawing exercise. It seems really dumb, but if you are having a day when everything you draw is AWFUL, you need to do this exercise. It will get you back on track. This is from New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook by the amazing Betty Edwards. [...]

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My office window

May 20, 2012

This is a line art drawing of my office window that I drew today: I like the way it came out. I took me about twenty minutes to do, which is good to remember when you are procrastinating your drawing for the day – it really is not a huge time commitment. Doing this reminded [...]

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Bad sketch of front garden plants

May 19, 2012

This did not come out very well, but I am included because that’s part of the terms of this – I show you the bad stuff as well as the good stuff. I started out drawing the mermaid that lies in a plant saucer. That’s the funny thing in the foreground. She’s a cast iron [...]

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Different artists’ marks

May 18, 2012

This is another exercise from New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook. It gets you to start seeing how different kinds of marks can be used. This is an extremely important thing to master, and it is also very, very interesting. The book has you copy marks (or lines, or line-making techniques, [...]

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Another self portrait

May 17, 2012

I did a self portrait back in March when I was starting the exercises from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, but I did another one to see if I was getting any better. And because I was low on drawing ideas. And because I was flipping through the book again. [...]

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My hand – with edits

May 14, 2012

This is the drawing I got done today. It is nothing special, but I did it just to pick up the pencil and keep practicing. I cheated here. My fingernails aren’t painted, and they aren’t as long as they are in this drawing. For some reason it just felt like all those thin lines needed [...]

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Bad drawing of bird bath

May 9, 2012

Ugh. This is for all you people who either think that I can’t draw to save my life, or think you can’t draw to save your life. This is a bird bath that’s in our front garden. Its right by a large window in our kitchen, maybe six feet or less from our kitchen table. [...]

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Why Drawing Practice Matters

April 22, 2012

I did a post a few days ago about perfectionism. I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then, both in terms of this site and in terms of my drawing. Here are three drawings I did recently. The first one was the first wolf I drew when I started drawing for the new “how [...]

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Eraser Drawing Techniques

April 17, 2012

Many people think of the pencil as the one and only drawing tool. The poor eraser gets pushed aside as something that only gets used after you’ve made a mistake. But that’s a wrong approach to take – your eraser can do a lot more than just cover up the bad lines of your drawing. [...]

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Overcoming perfectionism in drawing

April 15, 2012

I was talking to some other people who draw last week (none of us really likes the term “artist”) and we uncovered a funny secret stigma about erasers. A few of these folks thought that just having an eraser around when you were sketching meant you weren’t very good at it – because if you [...]

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