Pierre Perroquet the Parrot!

This caricature of a parrot is back on my drawing desk and ready to be finished after being “on hold” for several weeks. Like most artists, I sometimes get frustrated with a drawing not turning out as well as I originally envisioned. So – I simply put it away out of sight for a while. I have now touched up a few details and I’m back on a roll. :o)

When you get annoyed with a drawing, stop working! To continue may result in irreparable mistakes. Put the drawing away in a safe place for a few days or a few weeks and start something new. When you examine it with fresh eyes, you’ll not only be able to identify problem areas, but you’ll also see that it’s not as bad as you thought it was.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with have several projects on the go at once. However, to avoid the “P-word” (procrastination), never have more than 5 to 10 works-in-progress tucked safely away in folders. Discipline yourself to always finish one of these works-in-progress before you permit yourself to begin a new drawing. This process works for most artists – especially those with ADHD (like me). :o)



About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

4 Responses to Pierre Perroquet the Parrot!

  1. Eddie Wyatt says:

    Wow you’re pretty good at drawing ;)


    • Hi Eddie!

      Thank you! Drawing has always been a joyous part of my life – I can’t imagine a day without something art-related! Again – thank you for taking the time to say hello!

      Brenda :o)


  2. Pegi says:

    Hi Brenda . I have 2 of your books and through Drawspace also ended up with Lance Richlins book. Apparently you saw my work on Linkdin or Pinterest because I recieved an email saying you “liked” me. It’s kind of funny because I joined these sights and now have to remember I’m on them!!! Lol!! I love your work and teaching methods!!! Thank you!!!


  3. Hi Pegi!

    Thank you! You have made my day! Yes indeed – I love to wander around and enjoy the art of other artists. When I fall in love with one of their works, I try to let them know. Everyone likes an occasional warm fuzzie! :o)



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