Category Archives: Learning to Draw

A Bunch of Bad Apples

It’s said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch… and here I am with a whole bunch of bad apples! When I first began learning to draw, I prided myself on my apples. I couldn’t draw

A Bunch of Bad Apples

It’s said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch… and here I am with a whole bunch of bad apples! When I first began learning to draw, I prided myself on my apples. I couldn’t draw

Losing the Lines

I love drawing with graphite. More than oil painting, more than charcoal, conte, pastels, or watercolors, I absolutely love drawing with graphite. I’ve been practicing a lot lately with pens and inks, as you know, but I’ll say it again.

Losing the Lines

I love drawing with graphite. More than oil painting, more than charcoal, conte, pastels, or watercolors, I absolutely love drawing with graphite. I’ve been practicing a lot lately with pens and inks, as you know, but I’ll say it again.

Dipping and Stippling Do NOT Mix

I’m counting this sorry-looking — and very blemished pear — as one of my cringe-worthy failures. It was an exercise in stippling that didn’t turn out too well. Stippling is, of course, a technique whereby shading is accomplished by use of lots

Dipping and Stippling Do NOT Mix

I’m counting this sorry-looking — and very blemished pear — as one of my cringe-worthy failures. It was an exercise in stippling that didn’t turn out too well. Stippling is, of course, a technique whereby shading is accomplished by use of lots

Why Are Eyelashes So Hard to Draw?

My Sketchtember plans — a graphite drawing each day — have changed a little bit. My first plan was to follow along with a list of things-to-draw from The Virtual Instructor website. The second plan was to focus more on graphite

Why Are Eyelashes So Hard to Draw?

My Sketchtember plans — a graphite drawing each day — have changed a little bit. My first plan was to follow along with a list of things-to-draw from The Virtual Instructor website. The second plan was to focus more on graphite

Ink Dipping — A Catastrophic Failure

Yes, my new dip pens and nibs arrived. Yes, I got out my ink. Yes, I’ve been practicing. No, I didn’t do very well, so I’m chalking my first dip pen drawing up to a learning experience. Make no mistake

Ink Dipping — A Catastrophic Failure

Yes, my new dip pens and nibs arrived. Yes, I got out my ink. Yes, I’ve been practicing. No, I didn’t do very well, so I’m chalking my first dip pen drawing up to a learning experience. Make no mistake

Dealing with Disappointment

It feels good to write this today. For once, I’m not dealing with disappointment in my art. My little creative monkey mind and I have been having fun, and while I don’t have much to show for myself in recent days,

Dealing with Disappointment

It feels good to write this today. For once, I’m not dealing with disappointment in my art. My little creative monkey mind and I have been having fun, and while I don’t have much to show for myself in recent days,

Stumped

When I made my big charcoal mess a few days ago, I was definitely feeling frustrated. For me, one of the most difficult things about art is that awful sense of time wasted. It’s partly my fault, of course, because

Stumped

When I made my big charcoal mess a few days ago, I was definitely feeling frustrated. For me, one of the most difficult things about art is that awful sense of time wasted. It’s partly my fault, of course, because