If You’re In A Rut, Start Drawing

Market Man - Sketchbook Drawing, pencil, 2013

Market Man – Sketchbook Drawing, Craig Shillam, pencil, 2013


Drawing can be the cure when the chaos of life comes knocking at your door. You know what I’m talking about. Those times when life happens to you while you’re busy making your own to do list. Good intentions can morph into lost causes if you’re not paying attention. I don’t know about you, but getting back to drawing for just my own personal pleasure and/or practice is good mojo for me…

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A Fantastic Portrait Drawing Demonstration (Video)

I ran across a time-lapse portrait drawing demonstration on YouTube recently and I wanted to share it. The artist is David Jamieson, and I thought the pencil portrait was fantastic. Besides the finished drawing, I found it refreshing the way the artist was measuring with pencil and hand when first laying out the proportions of the head and face. Measuring is good.

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Breaking Rules is Good Once in a While…or Every Day

“Holding Pattern” Craig Shillam, colored pencil, 11 3/8″ x 19 3/8″


Sometimes you need to play it safe, and other times breaking rules is absolutely necessary. There are some basic guidelines in our everyday life and in creating art, but doesn’t it feel good to be a little defiant once in a while?

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Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes that Will Inspire You

Read any good art quotes lately? If you think about it, how many people in the world can draw really, really well? Not that many, all things considered. Sometimes we let the basics slip by the way side as we roll merrily on our  way. What is more basic than drawing for most artists?  Check out the following  art quotes and see if they don’t make you want to pick up a pencil or some charcoal… [Read more…]

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