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.

Currently available books by Brenda Hoddinott:

2013: Introduction to Shading (Drawspace Publishing)

2013: Drawing on Your Brain (Drawspace Publishing)

2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing)

2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing)

2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing)

2011: Drawing for Dummies, 2nd Edition co-authored with Jamie Combs (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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.)


3 Responses to About

  1. Mark Everett Sanders says:

    I like your drawings and instructions. Though I get discouraged by my own drawings, always told they don’t have enough contrast.


  2. Hi Mark! There’s a simple trick to make sure your drawings always have enough contrast. When you examine your subject, identify the darkest section. Most often this is a very dark section of a shadow.

    Then, identify what you believe to be the darkest part of that darkest shadow and shade it with your darkest pencil. You then know that all other values range between this very dark value and the white of your paper. :o)

    Hopefully, you have several different grades of pencils; if not, achieving a full range of values is very challenging (or impossible). Good luck!


    • Juan Manuel says:

      Hola, sñora Hoddintott, le escribo desde Argentina, para decirle que es una genia en el dibujo, estoy leyendo Dibujo para Dummies y me esta ayudando mucho a poder darle un buen aspecto a mis dibujos, usted es una gran inspiracion para el mundo entero…


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