What’s Smooth, Spotted, and Green?

My indoor ones learned to thrive on neglect. My beautiful, healthy outdoor ones are rudely called weeds. They are all wonderful models for drawings!

Oddly enough, creating a beginner level, step-by-step tutorial is very difficult to illustrate. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the joy of drawing that I forget to pause and scan each step. This drawing made the cut as a beginner lesson!

The leaves on this plant are gorgeous in their simplicity – so much so that I couldn’t resist adding a few adorable spots. I fought the temptation to add dewdrops and bugs! :o)


Look! An Antelope!

If I weren’t blessed with ADHD, this post would be a continuation of my Mr. Bean drawing. However, I have the attention span of a fruit fly.

Today, I finished a drawing of an antelope (yes – eventually all my projects do get finished) (grin). This mixed-lineweight drawing is loosely based on one of several ancient wall paintings discovered in Crete, Greece. Many depicted mixed-lineweight images of human figures, monkeys, and antelopes.

As you may already know, classical drawing evolved over a period of several thousand years, beginning with the ancient Greeks and Romans. Artworks with lines of different weights can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries BC. The amazing artistic techniques derived from Greece dominated the art of the western world until the late 19th century.


Matisse Cuts Out Mr. Bean!

This fun project began as an opportunity to take my new pencils for a test-drive. The musician playing the lute (or weird guitar) is sorta shaped like a kidney bean – so I named him Mr. Bean!

My proportional sketch (below) is based on a section of a huge collage created by Henri Matisse in 1952 (the year I was born) and is approximately 9.5 ft by 12.5 in (292 by 386 cm).

By the 1950’s Henri Matisse was well into his 80’s and his health was failing. He no longer painted but still made art in the medium of paper cutouts; more respectfully called gouache on cut and pasted paper.

The original work is titled The Sorrows of the King and is considered Matisse’s final self-portrait. If you happen to live near or are visiting France, you can find this work in the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.

So my next goal is to add shading to each shape with my new Faber-Castell pencils! Yeah!


Drawing on Your Brain!

After more than two years of researching, writing, and drawing, I am thrilled to be finally launching my latest E-book – Drawing on Your Brain!

Drawing on Your Brain (268 pages and over 500 illustrations) (Whew!) is designed for everyone who can hold a  pencil – from absolute beginners to professional artists.




This book is divided into the following five parts:

Part 1 How to Train a Brain: This richly illustrated part of the book helps demystify current research on the relationship between drawing and your brain, and provides tried-and-true techniques to enhance your brain’s functions.

Part 2 Drawing on the Positive and Negative: This part of the book begins with a comprehensible explanation of positive and negative spaces, and shows you how to identify and use these spaces to see and draw more accurately. Several fun activities challenge you to put theory into practice.

Part 3 Sizing Up Spaces and Shapes: This part of the book shows you how spaces and shapes can help you render well-proportioned drawings. Knowing how to identify the individual shapes that make up the overall shape of a subject also helps you create more believable artworks.

Part 4 Plot, Dot, and Draw Accurately: Getting a subject’s proportions correct is the biggest challenge for most artists. But what many artists don’t know is that clues to help draw a subject lie hidden within the subject itself. This part of the book introduces you to techniques for discovering these clues.

Part 5 Five More Projects to Exercise Your Brain: You finally get the chance to put your new skills into practice and render some challenging drawings!

Not a “Cute” Drawing!

This drawing is copied from a drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci. Thankfully, copyright laws do not apply to Renaissance drawings. Masters’ drawings serve as teachers of the many extraordinary drawing techniques of this time in history. My goal was to study Leonardo’s basic style and technique with graphite pencil instead of pen and ink.

Leonardo Da Vinci is best known and widely celebrated as a genius and pioneer within various disciplines of visual art including drawing, painting, and sculpting. To say that Leonardo was fascinated by human faces would be an understatement; he was especially obsessed with contrasting the beauty of youth, with both the splendor and grotesqueness of old age.


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