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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter, August 2012
July 31, 2012

Drawing Pencil Sketches
Newsletter August 2012


Hello Artists,

I've put up a new page here where you can sell your artwork or drawings. This was suggested by a fellow artist several weeks ago who has already uploaded a triptych (3 paintings in one.) And so if you'd like to make a few dollars on selling your drawings, please go ahead and download them here.

A point I'd like to make with many of you who upload their drawings here; please take your photos in adequate lighting, preferably outside in the sun and please do not take a picture with your cell phone if you have a digital camera.

Blurry and dark images are difficult to see the quality of line and form. If it is a nice clear image, visitors will more likely make comments and suggestions about your drawing. Also do crop your drawing, I do see plenty of uploaded drawings with other distracting images in the background—like the back of someone's head or pots and pans in a kitchen!

When uploading your art give your images a caption and write a few words about your art, people love to know a little about the person behind the drawing.

Those of you who have not received the free ebook on Beginner's Guide To Drawing can download a copy here, it is in a PDF format. This book covers: What it takes to be a good artist. Learning the basics in drawing, Basic perspective, Drawing shapes, Elements of light and shading, Adding tones and values, Finishing touches plus a few other things about mixed media applications.

If the link is not live, copy and paste URL in your browser.

Do any of you here have drawings you've completed that are still life? Like veggies, pots and pans, bowls, flowers etc? Drawing still life can be a challenge if you want to achieve coherence. Start off by make a drawing of your drawing materials. What? You've only got two pencils and a piece of paper? Ok, good place to start. But take your composition up a notch which will improve your skills considerable. How? Take a walk through your house and choose a still life where things accumulate.

Does it look interesting? Composition is important if you want to progress as an artist—so get yourself a "viewfinder" or, in other words, get a piece of cardboard and cut a hole about 2 inches square. Now look at your still life through the hole and move it around and back and forward from your eyes. Can you find a good composition that looks exciting? Ok, start to draw it but be sure you really like it. You must have passion for your subject.

If you have any questions I'm always here to answer your questions.

Thanks for reading,

Yours in drawing


PS: Have fun drawing, I'd love to see your work showcased here. Please do write if you have any comments or questions and upload your drawings.

PPS: Don't forget to let me know if you would like the free book on "Drawing for Beginners" a useful guide if you would like the basics on drawing.

PPS: Please check your email address for typos...too many bounce and you won't get your free ebook.

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