Part 6: Creating a Critter from My Mind

It’s a girl! Humans don’t get to choose the gender of their offspring – but artists can. She’s developing a personality already, even though no section of the painting is completely finished.

Note the tiny vertical marks along the faint white guideline close to the top of her tilted head. This guideline is horizontal to the tops of her eyes (not the sides of the canvas). The curved lines represent vertical guides for painting some sort of hair extensions. The straight vertical line in the center is a guide so these new strands of hair are relatively symmetrical. Now – what colors shall I mix for the extensions? Yeah!


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, 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.)

One Response to Part 6: Creating a Critter from My Mind


    Dear Brenda.All my my life I have wanted to be able to paint/draw but was told I had no talent. At any rate, I am now 65 yo and studying your online classes. I cannot tell you what great pleasure and satisfaction I have derived from learning your craft. I live for drawing/painting — my life is consumed by it and I love every minute of this experience. Thank you from the bottom of the heart for your wonderful teaching methods.


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