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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter, September 2012
August 31, 2012

Drawing Pencil Sketches
Newsletter September2012


Hello Fellow Artists,

To start off this month I'd like to give validation to Sangeeta Guha who has made a major contribution to this website with her outstanding drawings. Please visit these links below to see her work and make comments about any of these drawings.


Please upload your drawings or sketches but take the photos in a good light without distracting detail in the background. You can download a free copy of Gimp—a photo editing software where you can crop, change color and enhance your drawings.

I don't know how many of you subscribe to the RSS Feed but this past week I did write up an article on measuring as I had several artists asking how they could get their drawings more accurate. To get the correct proportions, you have to measure by eye with a little help with your pencil. This will mean evaluating one shape against another comparing the size and shape AND taking note of the negative shapes, (negative shapes are those shapes you see between the legs of a chair or those shapes between objects.) Only by observing the negative shapes your drawing will be quite accurate. Try it.

To measure accurately, hold your pencil vertically at arms length and line up the pencil tip to the top of the object you are drawing. Then move your thumb where you see the base of the object. Now make a small mark at the top and a small mark at the bottom—and that is the size of your object. Do the same with your horizontal measurement.Some artists don't need to measure, they get it right first time with a little practice. Now try a rapid sketch without marks or lines to guide you, this is when your drawing becomes more dynamic.

If you have a small drawing you really like, why not make an accurate copy of it on a much larger scale? The "Old Masters" used the "squaring up" method extensively—even da Vinci, Rubens, Michelangelo and others. It is quite simple. Draw a grid of squares over your small drawing and then draw the same number of squares, (only much larger) onto your bigger piece of paper. You can get your drawing VERY accurate and it can be a nice change if you transpose your small drawing onto textured or colored paper.

Make your drawings more energized by trying a different approach. This means looking at your object (say a flower) and sketching at a rapid rate, no fiddling, no detail. Keep your eyes moving from the flower back to your sketch without lingering on the subject or your drawing. Maybe it sounds a bit crazy but put on a pair of darkish sunglasses to eliminate detail so you do not focus on anything specific. This is also a good drawing exerciser.

You keep your lines quite fluid to create energy in your drawing, the more fluid, the more energy. Practice long continuous lines from an object such as a coiled spring or a seashell without taking your pencil off the paper.

Thank you for reading, if you need help on any particular aspect of drawing, please drop me a line and I will respond within a day or two. If you do not have your free e-book on drawing, click on the link below to download it.

Yours in Art and Drawing

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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.

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