Category Archives: Learning to Draw

Fascinated by Faces

I’ve been fascinated with faces for as long as I can remember — not as an artist, but simply as an observer. People-watching has always appealed to me, and so much knowledge, information, and emotion can be found in the

Fascinated by Faces

I’ve been fascinated with faces for as long as I can remember — not as an artist, but simply as an observer. People-watching has always appealed to me, and so much knowledge, information, and emotion can be found in the

How Did I Get Here?

Today’s drawing comes straight from the orange groves of California, but I really have no idea how I got here. I wish now I’d copied the URL of whatever site my monkey mind and I ended up on for each

How Did I Get Here?

Today’s drawing comes straight from the orange groves of California, but I really have no idea how I got here. I wish now I’d copied the URL of whatever site my monkey mind and I ended up on for each

Note to Self

Recently my art time has been devoted to drawing. I consider drawing a foundational skill for all other art. I’m sure that as my drawing ability improves, my oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels will get better, too. And when I

Note to Self

Recently my art time has been devoted to drawing. I consider drawing a foundational skill for all other art. I’m sure that as my drawing ability improves, my oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels will get better, too. And when I

The Same — But Different

One of my favorite jokes as a child was one about two women discussing fashion. The first had just bought a new dress and was showing it off. The second woman remarks: Oh, I have a dress just like that!

The Same — But Different

One of my favorite jokes as a child was one about two women discussing fashion. The first had just bought a new dress and was showing it off. The second woman remarks: Oh, I have a dress just like that!

Creating Interest through Contrast

My drawing time this morning involved a rather technical concept, that of creating interest in a drawing through the use of contrast. In today’s exercise the contrast was one of value, although there are many other forms of contrast we

Creating Interest through Contrast

My drawing time this morning involved a rather technical concept, that of creating interest in a drawing through the use of contrast. In today’s exercise the contrast was one of value, although there are many other forms of contrast we

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.