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Included in the free downloads are these two very popular step-by-step intermediate-to-advanced projects: 


Ladybug – Please Fly Away Home!

Ever since I can remember, I have loved ladybugs. I recently discovered a ladybug not moving and lying on her back in my bathroom. I’d heard that ladybugs sometime play dead, so I gently picked her up and placed her outside on the railing of my back deck. Later, she was gone. I’ll never know if she was eaten by a bird, blew off the railing onto the grass below, or flew away to live another day.

I’ve been planning to draw a ladybug for years. Finally, this drawing is in progress (2H to 6B grades of graphite on Strathmore Bristol, smooth surface). I plan to add a leaf for her to stand on and a bit of a background.


Understanding Talent Part 5

The act of drawing produces a physical reward: art.

It really doesn’t matter why you draw or who sees your drawings. Maybe you hope to one day publicly exhibit your drawings. Or, you may choose to only share them with family and friends. You also have the option of keeping them all to yourself.

Your drawings serve as a journal of your artistic journey. Have you ever thought about writing a book? Why not use your own drawings to illustrate your literary art?

You can also use your drawings to decorate your surroundings with your own personal touch. Have some of your drawings framed and hang them in your home or workspace.

Family, co-workers, and friends easily become quite fascinated by artistic creations. Don’t be surprised if they soon request some of your drawings for their own homes. Of course, this is a good time to encourage them to take up drawing themselves.

Draw in a way you really love.

Every artist seems to have a unique approach to drawing. Some love big, bold, loose drawings; while others like little tiny drawings with lots of intricate details.

Deciding which style label applies to a specific drawing is not easy. Many artists choose to not label their drawings at all. Your personal style evolves each time you attempt new and diverse methods of drawing, so keep an open mind while carefully noting which of your drawings you prefer. Styles are neither right nor wrong… they just are. With time, your style(s) develops automatically.

You have already taken the first step!

Just by reading this, you are already on your way to becoming an artist. Perceived personal limitations are not obstacles; your only challenge is making a commitment.

For most of my adult life, I have chosen to share my love of art with both children and adults by teaching art.

Whether it is your desire to learn the very basics of drawing or to improve the drawing skills you already have, my tutorials will hopefully have something of interest to you.

Art has become very accessible in recent years.

Galleries, the Internet, art books, and your own community provide vast art resources.

By carefully observing the drawings of other artists, you gain invaluable information which you can apply to your own drawings. Take time to examine and appreciate a diverse range of art and artists.

Investigate and participate in some of the wonderful drawing e-groups, where international artists share tips, critique one another’s work, and openly exchange various art techniques and resources.

Check out your local community-based educational facilities and recreational centers for drawing programs in your area. You can always benefit from drawing classes and workshops, where you’ll meet others within your community who also want to improve their drawing skills, techniques and styles.

As you uncover local art resources, you’ll meet diverse artists, and have opportunities to become involved in art groups. Many art groups organize incredible workshops, taught by prominent artists, and the camaraderie and enjoyment is well worth your time.

With an interest in self-expression, you CAN develop exceptional drawing skills.


Understanding Talent Part 4

Talent must be nurtured and developed.

Sadly, the world is full of talented people who never pursue that which they love, because they understand talent to be some magical, elusive quality.

Many people arrive at the conclusion that talent is only available to individuals who were born with it. I disagree; I wasn’t “born” an artist. With the help of various books, I taught myself how to draw – and you can, too! Continue to explore and nurture your desire to draw. We all possess talent.

Most individuals are capable of developing superior skills in specific areas. Many persons, including individuals challenged by visual, physical, and mental limitations, enjoy drawing.

Luckily, I can see and have hands. Some people without hands have become successful artists by accepting the challenge of using their mouth or feet to hold their drawing tools. If you have some vision and a way to hold a pencil, the only obstacle left is making a commitment. With a better understanding of talent and ability, you begin to recognize that drawing can be one of your special skills.

Drawing means something different to everyone. It can mean the dictionary definition, or your own nonspecific definition, i.e.: The applying of an art medium to a surface so as to produce a visual image.

These words, however, don’t define drawing as it personally relates to you. What comes into your mind when you think of the word “drawing”? How do you define this word? Put on your thinking cap for a moment, and finish the following sentence:

To me, drawing is _______________.

With interest, patience and commitment, you can become as good at drawing as you wish. The most important thing is that you are actually drawing, making art, and communicating through and nurturing the artist within.

The joy of drawing is in the process, not the product.

Learning to draw adds a new and exciting activity to your life. The joy and personal satisfaction of creating a drawing is both your incentive and reward. The process of discovering this ability is enriching to all aspects of your life – as a means of expressing yourself, the language of art is a relaxing, stimulating and productive method of communication.

Your drawings illustrate your personal perceptions. Drawing challenges you to translate what you see into a non-verbal language. With only a few supplies and some basic skills, you soon find yourself taking pride in your new achievements.

Drawing is seeing.

Through your own eyes, as an artist, you appreciate everything around you from new perspectives, wherein you visually explore with a whole new purpose: discovering drawing subjects!

Drawing is more than simply rendering a specific object – it’s also visually defining your choice of subject from your own unique perspectives. No other person in the whole world is exactly like you.


During my 25-year career as a forensic artist, I was often asked to modify faces. These fun drawings of a dear friend (Dr. Rob) demonstrate these skills and all four drawings were rendered from a single photo. :o)

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