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Drawing at its best is not…(― Millard Sheets)

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Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands.”

― Millard Sheets

Welcome to Daily Drawing! Turning your inbox into a habit trigger for drawing every day:) If you missed the welcome letter or are not sure how to get the most out of this newsletter, you can read it here.

And now for your daily drawing references:

Hey all you lovely artists! Quick community news… Some are having problems with links not working. I’m sorry about the headache. As far as I understand the issue, the problem is the firewall on the email software you use to access your email. For example, when I double check the links using outlook, half the time they don’t work. When I use the IOS mail they work just fine. One problem is this newsletter is very image heavy and email providers sometimes equate that with spam.

So what to do? Two recommendations. First, you can follow the links in the online post so you don’t miss anything interesting. Second, reply back with a simple “thanks” “attaboy” “do better” ect… Though I appreciate the feedback the main point is to let your email service know that you actually want to receive these emails. Replying back helps send them that message. Again sorry for any head aches…

Keep it Simple

Bold line sketch of a young lady

Bold line sketch of a man

Keep it Interesting

Charcoal sketch of a young lady

Charcoal sketch of bearded man in a beanie

Little guy dreaming of fire breathing:)


Animation character concept sketch


Watercolor image of a forest stream

Charcoal sketch of a rocky forest path

Quick Surfing Trips:

News and Links:

  • MAX GINSBURG - Open studio sale. Max is a universally known master artist and an all around beautiful person. I had the privilege of taking a painting workshop from him some years ago and learned a lot. But was even more moved by the pairing of a great human being with a great artist (sadly not always a given). If you’re close to Long Island, then you might be able to pick up a piece of art that will make you happy for years to come.

  • BLINK - This link is to Malcom Gladwell’s book: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. But the context I’m sharing this is about buying art. I own a few pieces of art from well know artists. Some give me more and more pleasure everyday, and some don’t. I’m a big believer in the “blink” factor when it comes to aesthetic judgment. Pay special attention to your first split second reaction to a piece of art, especially when making a purchasing decision. It’s the truest indicator of how the art will age with you over the years.

  • BODIES IN MOTION - There are a lot of good resources out there for figure drawing (the best of course is to find your local IRL figure drawing group:). But the one linked is one of my favorites. One thing you don’t get from drawing from the figure in real life is the dynamic poses (bodies in motion) that are available on this website. I especially enjoy doing frame by frame sketches of a jumping figure. As you redraw the same figure but in just a slightly different pose you start to build your intuitive understanding of visual body mechanics.

  • David Gray - A local PNW artist, David is known for his beautiful sensitive portraits but also does impressive ‘alla prima’ works that shows his great virtuosity. Link is to a podcast interview.

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Drawing at its best is not…(― Millard Sheets)

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