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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter, Issue #004
July 05, 2011
Hello Fellow Artists,

The National Museum of Women in the Arts: A Voice and a Place for Women Artists

Only one of the few museums like it in the world, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC gives a place—and a voice—to the ladies of the art world.

A single walk through the halls of this massive, classically designed building—located in the nation's capitol—is like an easy, very fun stroll through the history of women.

You might see a classic mother and child portrait from Mary Cassatt on one floor (beautiful stuff, but hardly realistic; all of the moms shown in these paintings are calm, serene and perfectly put together—and they're supposed to be taking care of newborns!) and some cutting edge feminist art from the The Guerrilla Girls art troupe on another.

In between are drawings, lithographs, vases and jewelry; and of course you’ll have to stop by the museum gift store to pick up a Frida Kahlo doll (a classically beautiful cloth doll with a uni-brow!)

The ultimate museum for lovers of art and women's history, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is a must see Mecca; one that 'draws in' thousands of visitors each year.

What's Hot in Fan Art?
Since the earliest days of movies and TV, young people have loved drawing pictures of their favorite stars and characters; and since you're a kid who is artistically inclined, you are probably actually capable of etching figures that look remotely like the people they're supposed to portray (Bonus!)

You may, therefore, be interested to know the hottest trends in fan art. It should come as no surprise that young female artists in particular, love to draw those vamps and weres from the blockbuster movie "Twilight." Downright dreamy shots of vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob fill the World Wide Web, along with pix of heroine Bella, looking appropriately lovely and angst ridden.

Other fans just love to draw the heroes and villains of the Harry Potter saga; hero Harry and villain Voldemort rank among the most popular subjects for Potter pop art.

Slightly older fans are drawing the cast of Lost (indeed, some of the program's more fervent fans are putting together a Lost art show) and key cast members from older shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And everyone loves anime, with the Pokémon peeps and the characters of the hit manga Blue Exorcist proving popular subjects.

Digital Doodling: An Internet Art form
OK, so when did doodling become a high tech art form? Sure, it’s fun to literally whittle away your free time with a pencil and a sketchpad, drawing lines, shapes and objects identifiable and important only to you. Yet would anyone really 'doodle' online?

The answer to this question is "Oh yeah, and how." Doodling has gone high tech in today's technologically driven world, and in a variety of ways.

The Google eBooks Web Reader actually has a Doodle Mode now, reserved mostly for young kids who now can draw and color in children's eBooks. People of all ages can find numerous tools and forums for online doodling on various websites, and Facebook even has a group reserved for those who do 'Computer Doodles.'

And of course, art-related computer programs like Adobe Photostratorshop and MS Paint are available, for large and small artistic projects and—of course—for straight up doodling.

A great number of online resources are available today for those who 'do doodle' are YOU one of them?

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