Exploring the Art of Self Discovery

Living the divine self is learning to live with the awareness of our inner power. The key is to be authentic and to truly be who we are. That’s easy to say, but harder to do.

So much of who we are is hidden in the faces and masks we present to the world because of who we think we should be. As we grow older, we sometimes lose our true selves because of negative tapes and messages that have been instilled in us since childhood.

Being able to make small changes, at every step we take, is a chance to grow larger and freer. Even the tiniest move in the direction of emotional freedom is impressive. Every choice we make to triumph over negativity, large or small, is about transforming energy. Then, the chosen nature of such ongoing transformation makes us stronger, brighter, and in turn acts to illuminate our path.

If we are not willing to take our minds off the mundane life, our bodies will be in trauma and our minds in confusion. In order to bring our inner truth into form, we must know what makes us sing, dance, laugh, and love. And, it is in solitude that we find these answers.

The full version of this lesson by artist and art therapist, Judith Campanaro © is FREE only on Drawspace.

8 pages and 7 illustrations




Enhancing Your Visual Intelligence

Neurons continue to grow throughout one’s life. For years, scientists and doctors thought that brain and neural tissue couldn’t regenerate. Now, we know about neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons), which is re-shaping the way science studies brain functions.

Visual intelligence is a relatively new area of study with two major components: visual-spatial and visual-object. Visual-spatial ability is widely accepted as a dimension of intelligence and is included in most tests that measure intelligence. Current research suggests that visual-object ability may also have the attributes required to be characterized as a dimension of overall intelligence.

Visual-spatial intelligence is associated with specialization in the sciences, while visual-object intelligence predicts specialization in art (Blazhenkova and Kozhevnikov, 2010).

Recent studies support the theory that learning how to draw can enhance visual-object intelligence. For instance, you can challenge your brain to find alternative realities beyond the obvious and identify more than one reality in a single image. The actual process of learning to draw offers numerous other enjoyable ways to strengthen visual intelligence.

The full version of this lesson by Brenda Hoddinott © is FREE only on Drawspace.



Illustrative and Traditional Realism

Illustrative realism is often used by commercial artists such as illustrators, designers, and graphic artists. Using contour lines to outline artworks is also popular with illustrative realists. The resulting images appear bold and powerful when used for various commercial applications such as websites, icons, logos, magazines, advertisements, and/or books.

A drawing of a giraffe in the style of illustrative realism is outlined with thin contour lines. In a close-up view, the contour lines stand out even stronger.


Traditional realism employs a variety of different drawing techniques, most of which attempt to represent living beings and objects as they appear in real life without stylization or distortion. Traditional realists prefer to “suggest” contours through shading rather than render actual contour lines. After all, you can’t see lines around objects in the real world.

Precisely rendered shading added adjacent to sections of a subject allows viewers to clearly see its edges without using lines. For example, a drawing of a young man demonstrates a technique used by most traditional realists to create the illusion of outlines. The viewer’s subconscious mind automatically fills in contour lines where the contrasting background meets the edges of his arm and face.

The full version of this lesson by Brenda Hoddinott © is FREE only on Drawspace.



Capture Subjects in a Sketchbook

Leonardo da Vinci, one of history’s most diverse geniuses, had several sketchbooks during his lifetime that he filled with hundreds of pages of drawings and writings.

Today’s artists still use sketchbooks to capture their unique interpretations of the world around them. Sketching on a regular basis documents the progression of your drawing skills and also serves as a personal journal. You can create a sketch once a week, once a day, or several times a day.

If nature or humans have placed an object in a position that you don’t like, simply draw it in a different place or remove it entirely. For example, a beautiful scene may have a telephone pole right in front of your line of vision. You can’t chop down the pole, so you need to visualize and then sketch the scene without the pole.

This lesson is free until July 1.



Protecting Your Wrist and Hand

When drawing, move your lower and upper arm; drawing is more like conducting an orchestra than writing a shopping list.

I underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome 25 years ago. I didn’t want the problem to return and possibly end my career, so I took a good look at my drawing techniques and soon discovered a natural drawing posture for drawing. To my surprise, not only did I manage to totally eliminate the pain in my wrist, but my drawing skills improved as well.

The way you hold your pencil contributes greatly to your level of comfort and your drawing abilities. Lines that end up shaky rather than smooth are the nemesis of many new artists. The difficulty comes from trying to draw as you write ‒ by keeping the hand tense and moving only the fingers and wrist. Drawing and writing do not, in fact, use many of the same muscles, and new artists soon discover that moving only the fingers and wrist can cause discomfort.

After a while, this discomfort may lead to complications such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Artists are prime candidates for this painful and sometimes disabling injury. Repeatedly moving the tendons inside the carpal tunnel of your wrist causes them to become swollen and put pressure on the nerves.

This lesson is free until June 30.



Goldie the Goldfish

Outlining a drawing space is a very precise, analytical task. You may find it difficult at first, but it is well worth the effort. As you improve your abilities to see (and calculate) space as an artist, you may find that you are able to simply imagine the drawing space and don’t need to draw an outline at all.

Use a drawing space that’s proportionately the same as your reference image so that your drawing is likely to end up proportionately correct.

Plan out your drawing space before you begin to draw, whether it’s the perimeter of your paper or a pencil outline drawn on your paper. Establishing the boundaries of a drawing space helps you render accurate proportions.

This lesson is free until June 29.



Plot, Dot, and Draw a Manikin

Rotate your paper and examine your drawing from different perspectives when outlining circular shapes such as an oval or a circle. View its reflection in a mirror to help locate problem areas.

Draw slowly. Accuracy is more important than speed. Your speed will automatically improve the more you practice.

When you want to turn a rough sketch into a contour drawing, don’t simply trace over your sketch lines. Rather, use them as guidelines to draw the contours accurately.

This lesson is free until June 28!



Good Posture First!

Choose a high-quality, ergonomic chair to prevent your muscles from becoming strained and sore.

Draw on a slanted surface! When you draw on a flat surface, the top of your paper is farther away from you than the bottom and this can distort your proportions.

Place your feet flat on the floor or on a footstool when drawing in a seated position.

This lesson is free until June 28!



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