I liked Dan's tip about anchoring. "Always begin drawings along the edges (of the paper) first, before you do anything else. This will 'anchor' your drawing in place and keep you from running out of space later on."
Dan's post covers 12 specific points about drawing. Check out the complete article and then try out his drawing tips and techniques at your next sketching session.
There are many good tips in this post. Here's one of the ideas that I plan to try: "Draw with a pen. Sketching with a pen, instead of a pencil, is really about losing the ability to erase your lines, or erase your mistakes." Check out the rest of the article for more tips.
I'm leaving for Virginia Beach today. The Art & Soul Retreat is happening this week, April 24-28, at the Virginia Beach Resort & Hotel. On Wednesday, I'm taking a workshop led by Misty Mawn entitled Paper Bag Expressions. The course will cover: drawing, painting, coloring and collaging the portrait expressively.
Via the online New York Times Opinion Page, I came across a series of columns focusing on the Basics of Drawing. The series is written by artist and author James McMullan.
As described on the site, "The series begins with installments on line, perspective, proportion and structure, and continues from there, using examples from art history to illuminate specific issues. Pencil and paper recommended."
I just finished this drawing, entitled Puppy Love, yesterday. I used Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils and a Prismacolor Blender pencil. I do enjoy working with these creamy textured pencils.
Some times artists encounter pencil breakage. There is a remedy for that. A few months ago, I attended a Prismacolor Workshop led by Fine Art Specialist, Diana Garrett. She recommends that artists turn the hand sharpener - instead of turning the pencil - when sharpening the pencils.
I do this now and I don't have any breakage problems any more. Check out the Prismacolor sitewhere you can upload your art, receive critiques, find out about new techniques and get inspiration.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I keep
a daily sketchbook as well as an art journal. In fact, I keep many sketchbooks and
art journals. I believe there are numerous benefits to sketching daily
Records your progress as an artist.
That’s why it’s important to date your daily art sketches. When you later look back
over your work, you’ll be surprised at the progress that you made in your
Sketching can be a form of art therapy that
quiets your left brain while allowing your right brain to express itself. This
act can lead to a relaxing, meditative state.
Provides a handy reference of your body
of art work. Making quick notes about a particular sketch will help you
remember details or the feelings you had while you were drawing - or even why
you chose a specific subject to draw. You might want to make notes on colors,
shapes, weather conditions or shadows to help you recreate a specific scene
Record and develop new ideas for larger
works of art.
Experiment with new techniques, mediums
or tools. As you try new things, make notes in your sketchbook for future reference.
Then, when you have success with various mediums, you will have a record of how
you achieved it.
Provides a place for practice and
experimentation. Producing a series of versions of a specific subject, such as
a cityscape, helps you grow artistically.
Sketching daily will sharpen your
Offers a relaxing and informal place in
which to work. There is no pressure to be perfect. The sketchbook is your
Set daily sketching goals. Start with
one sketch a day and work up to three or more sketches on a daily basis.
Developing a habit of carrying a
sketchbook with you, at all times, helps you to find drawing material in any
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I'm always working on my drawing skills. I came across this great Squidoo lens on How to Make Drawing a Part Of Your Life (Daily Creativity by Keeping a Sketchbook). The lens was created by Studentz (Fern).
There's lots to look at on this lens. Make sure that you scroll down to the end of the page to see it all.
Then make sure that you follow Fern's advice: "Keep your sketchbook - and pencils/pens - nearby with the blank page ready for your next drawing. If you spend a lot of time at the computer, keep the sketchbook within reach."
Fern also has a blog called Crafter-Holic. Check it out. And then don't forget to Draw Today!
Many times when I make Art, I do a lot of planning, sketching and reworking. Today, I decided to create a character without concern for perfection. This is the cartoon-like image that I came up with. I'm thinking of exploring a new artistic path that allows for more spontaneous and quicker art work. How do you produce your Art?
For the image, I used colored pencils and the Letraset Promarkers Pastel Blending Set. The set comes in twelve colours - Vanilla, Satin, Meadow Green, Apple, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Lavender, Lilac, Pastel Pink, Baby Pink, Putty and Tan. I heart pastels.
I actually heard about these markers by taking one of SUZI Blu's online workshops. SUZI raves about the markers. And I agree with her. I love the colors and the markers blend so beautifully. I would love to get more of these markers. No paid endorsement here - I'm just a satisfied customer.