Just Open Your Sketchpad

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop – Confucius Some days are more important than others. There are some days when it’s really important that you make the most of your time and draw. Do you ever have those days when everything seems to go right, when you feel

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June Drawing Practice: Notan Design

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Welcome to another monthly drawing practice update. In these updates, I’m sharing with you what I’ve been up to in my daily practice sessions for the previous month. I also want to share with you some of the elements of these drawing practice sessions, some of the environment I’ve created to try and make sticking

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How to Draw Beautifully by Seeing More

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How much do we really see of the world around us, of its beauty, its complexity? Even when we’re drawing something, how much of it do we really see? How to See More Today, I’ve got a very simple drawing exercise for you that has the potential to help you see as you’ve never seen

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Why We Draw

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Mark making is one of the oldest forms of communication we have. Drawing – of symbols – was the first way we communicated with each other across time and space. Of course we have language, and the Internet now. Much more efficient. Why do we still draw? I don’t think there’s a simple answer to

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May Drawing Practice: Mandalas

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Today’s post is part of a new series I’m planning of monthly updates on my drawing practice. This blog was started, 8 years ago now, as a journal of me teaching myself to draw and paint. Since that process never ends, I thought it would be nice to come full circle and start doing that again

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If Not Now, When?

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It’s way too easy to put off things until we think the time will be right for them. We tend to do this even more with the things that are the most important to us. Something important like, say, drawing regularly. Like finally committing to making the time to practice our drawing – to do

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Hidden Patterns: How to design pictures like Veronese

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Whether you like Veronese’s pictures or not, there’s no arguing with the fact that he designed beautiful compositions. I think you can feel that compositional beauty, even if you’re not aware of how it’s been created. I think you feel beauty in your soul. You resonate with it. And in a sense, it doesn’t matter

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