CategoryConfidence building tips

Stop putting yourself down – you are already an artist!

Have ever noticed that there is a connection between your artwork and the way you feel about yourself?

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How to draw hair for beginners

Have you ever wanted to draw hair but get frustrated because every time you try, it looks like this?
Or this?
But you want to draw hair like this:
Or this?
How can you go from drawing hair as demonstrated in the first two examples, to drawing as demonstrated by next two?  Continue reading

Simple method that helps a busy mom like me find time to practice drawing every day!

“I just don’t have time to draw!”


If the above title is something you’ve found yourself saying, believe me: as a mother to 8 children, I understand!
I recently wrote about the value of drawing something every day.

I’ve said it before but I think it’s worth repeating: I think drawing every day is the single BEST way to improve as an artist.

It’s not always easy to find time for drawing. Sometimes it feels impossible in this busy world.
But it’s worth it if we really want to see lasting results.
And if we are honest with ourselves, we really do make time for the things that are important to us, don’t we?
For example, how many hours do we spend on Facebook some days? Or maybe catching up on a tv series? Or pursuing other activities we find enjoyable?
If we really, really want to, we can find time to improve our drawing skills.
I frequently draw while watching tv (well, I don’t do much “watching”)…Or while listening to a podcast or YouTube video…Or while letting hyper children jump on my back. ?
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Drawing tutorial- how to draw a rose

Thank you in advance for your patience if the pictures I’ve posted below take a while for your computer to load. I have uploaded over 100 for this tutorial!
Today, I was trying to think of what would be a good subject matter for teaching a tutorial on this blog, and I finally decided on a simple rose.
I found a free stock image of a rose on Pexels:
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I would love for you to follow along with me as I draw this rose. Also… it would make me so happy to see your results! 
I decided to freehand this because I want to demonstrate that with certain subjects, such as flowers, trees -or most anything in nature really- can be drawn without worrying about exact proportions.
You’ll notice my finished drawing is not precisely accurate to the photo (if you were to compare them side by side) but still looks like a rose.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re following along and wanting to draw this if you do it freehand you might get frustrated with yourself if you find that your rose doesn’t look exactly like the picture- or maybe it doesn’t look ANYTHING like the picture.
If you find yourself feeling this way, please remind yourself that you’re learning, and people don’t learn everything overnight!
I’ve had students who have sometimes managed to throw away perfectly good pieces of work because they couldn’t look past the imperfections (what they deemed failures) to see the beauty they had captured and expressed in their drawing.
I can understand why they feel that way because I remember when I used to get so frustrated with myself when I would try to get the measurements right and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get it to look like I wanted it to. And there were those times that I would tear it up and throw it in the garbage, regrettably.
But then, later, I would think…wow, wish I could see that drawing today. I would like to see how I’ve progressed since then!
And as for the ones I hated at the time but actually managed to hold on to, I’ve been able to look back and think to myself, “you know, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was at the time!”
There’s a lot of emotion that is behind the way we feel about our drawings.  So today let’s just try to draw this rose together for the fun and enjoyment of it! Continue reading

One trick I learned that changed everything I thought I knew about drawing!

Have you ever experienced a paradigm shift?

Have you ever had that moment where everything you saw something changed drastically, and was replaced with a completely and entirely new way of looking at it?
That’s what I experienced after reading the book “Drawing on the Artist Within” when the author, Betty Edwards, challenged my way of seeing what I was looking at when I was drawing.
It’s been years since I read it, but I remember clearly the exercise she instructed in the book.
Betty was able to make me realize that even though I was “seeing” everything I was drawing, I wasn’t really SEEING it as it truly is.
What I realized was that in my brain, I have images that I have created in my mind for all of the different things I’m looking at. It’s kind of like my own personal file cabinet of memories – not very accurate memories, apparently!
For example, if I were to think of an eye, I would have wanted to draw an oval shape with a circle inside the oval. Very simplistic and inaccurate.
If I were to think of hair, I would want to draw individual hairs in strands from the top of the head…maybe if it was curly hair, I would have drawn many scribbly circles to indicate that. Continue reading

This is the biggest reason you haven’t been able to improve your drawing skills yet!

So, you want to draw like a professional, right?
But it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get your drawings to look like what you want them to.
You start drawing, then freak out inside because you make a mistake, and that mistake turns into another, and you just get so frustrated after a while that you just throw it out and angrily decide, “I’m just not meant to be an artist!”
Discouraged, you put the drawing supplies away and don’t even think about drawing again till weeks later.
You think, Obviously, I just don’t have the talent so what’s the point of even trying?
What’s the problem here? Are you actually lacking in talent or is something else the problem?
The truth is, there are no shortcuts to drawing well.
The reason you aren’t improving is because you’re not investing enough time in drawing! It’s really that simple.
When we expect to be able to produce amazing pieces of art without having put in much time to learn and develop our abilities, we will be disappointed every time.
Drawing is a skill that is acquired with lots and lots and lots of practice.
So here’s one thing you need to do to ensure that you’ll one day be able to draw just like the artists you admire so much: Continue reading