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Updated on January 27, 2014

Ways IN to the Joy of Drawing

Not being able to draw a straight line is no problem at all. There are no straight lines in nature! Why would the ability to draw a straight line be a requirement to be an artist? Straightedge rulers are made for that and can do a better job of it. Personally I would find it much more satisfying to follow the unfolding spirals of these yellow rose buds with my pencil.

Over the years I have come across artists who have created a pathway into the joy and mystery of drawing. Although too numerous to include in a single lens, This lens will introduce you to the books and teachings of

Kimon Nicolaides, Harold Speed, Frederick Franck, Betty Edwards, Julia Cameron, Paul Foxton and Michael Chaitow.

If you have ever had a yearning to try drawing, but have held back for any reason - I invite you to explore some of the pathways in this lens.

Kimon Nicolaides "The Natural Way to Draw"

"The impulse to draw is as natural as the impulse to talk"

Kimon Nicolaides, a teacher at the Art Students League of New York for many years prior to after serving in the forces in WWI. He became 'second father" to hundreds of students who passed through his classes there. " He died in 1938 leaving only the manuscript for a book which sets out to teach everything a student would learn by taking a full year of his classes. This book 'The Natural Way to Draw' can open and transform the experience of drawing for anyone who is inclined.

If there were a Heaven just for Art Teachers, and I had a chance to thank just one art teacher (of the many I am grateful to) Kimon Niclaides would be the one.

"Just to see something is not enough. It is necessary to have fresh, vivid contact with what you draw through as many of the senses as possible."

Kimon Nicolaides

Contour Drawing

Kimon Nicolaides "The Natural Way to Draw"

In his book Niclaides instructs you to do a 'Contour drawing' WITHOUT looking at your paper. It is a radically different approach to what you would normally think of as drawing.

Contour drawing brings you into contact with what you are drawing with the sense of touch. It is done searchingly and sensitively.

What an effective way to free yourself from being overly concerned how your drawing looks!

With eyes and attention focussed 100% on your model, feel that your pencil is tranversing across the surface of the model. Your pencil then responds to every hill, valley, roughness, smoothness that you encounter with your pencil. If your attention waivers, stop drawing until you are able to gather back your attention, and feel that you are almost touching your model.

The point of a contour drawing is NOT to produce a great work of art that will impress all your friends. The point is to have a pure experience of looking, with little or no concern for what the result is on your paper.

The end result is that you may find a nose as long as an arm, a leg running right off the paper. And this is just fine. A finished contour drawing becomes a record of how well you looked at something.

The result can be surprising and may reveal more about your subject than if you tried too hard to get it right.

Let go any idea of "ME" and whether I can or cannot draw.

It is free. It is legal. Anyone can do it!

Gesture Drawing

Kimon Nicolaides "The Natural Way to Draw"

"Gesture" is an expression of life. To capture "Gesture" is NOT to draw what a thing IS, but what it is DOING.

In gesture drawing, you feel the movement of the whole. You feel that YOU are doing whatever your model is doing.

But it is more than just observing movement, or capturing a specific position in space. Rather the artist seeks to feel the impulse that exists inside the model that is the cause of the pose. For example a feeling of sadness or hopelessness will show in many ways through a persons body language, as will a feeling of inspiration or joy.

Gesture drawing is done quickly, responding to the WHOLE subject all at ONCE.

Just LOOK . . . . FEEL . . . . and let the hand respond.

This gesture drawing was done as a quick response to a dancer I was watching at our local ballet studio. It is called "Arabesque Bright".

If you would like to order a print of this gesture drawing follow this link! . . .

Arabesque Bright



While contour drawing is to be done "painstakingly", gesture drawing is to be done "furiously".




The analytical mind is best left OUT of gesture drawing.





You can do a gesture drawing of anything - a chair, a snake, a plant. Think of its reason for being when you draw. A chair invites you to sit. A snake slithers through the grass. A plant with its roots in the earth grows upward reaching toward the sun.


Should you decide to follow Nicolaides art course as outlined in "The Natural Way to Draw" - you will do HUNDREDS of gesture drawings. Use cheap paper and there is no need to keep all your drawings. The value is in the life that you learn to express.

From my experience, what you learn from gesture drawing will stay with you and be reflected in any future form your art may take.

The Natural Way to Draw

(A Working Plan for Art Study)

This is the original hard cover edition of Nicolaides wonderful book. You may find it well worth it to own the hard cover as you can place the book on a table open to the page you are working from and it stays put. If the cost of the hard cover puts you off, check out this link anyway, as sometimes used copies are listed here for less. Also once you start working from this book, you may consider it to be a life long companion.

The Natural Way to Draw:

A Working Plan for Art Study

A recent paperback edition of Nicolaides excellent book.

Harold Speed "The Practice and Science of Drawing"

Pearls of wisdom from an English portrait painter

Harold Speed lived in the late 19th/early 20th century.

To the beginning art student, he recommended studying "line drawing" and "mass drawing". Each of these has its own type of expressive power are best studied separately at first. Otherwise, trying to master too many skills all at once - a beginner can tend to just "muddle through".

Once each approach has been practiced or mastered separately, the artist can incorporate both into a single drawing with much more effective results.

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Line Drawing

Harold Speed "The Practice and Science of Drawing"

Learning to draw what we see accurately takes practice.

Think of it as a routine practice of scales by a trumpet player.

Although playing scales is the means to an end it is essential to the development of the musician.

And so with art study, the discipline of accurate line drawing will enhance your ability to express yourself artistically.

From the study of line drawing the eye is trained to observe and the hand is trained to make a definite statement. Harold Speed describes how to use horizontal and vertical lines for reference, block out key points, measure comparative distances, and portray light and shadow.

From this study you can learn learn the expressive value of line, the subtleties of contour and the construction of form.

Mass Drawing

Mass drawing is about tone and atmosphere. A study of mass drawing will introduce the student to the study of tone values and the expression of form by means of planes.

Without the study of mass drawing the art student will lack knowledge of the tone and atmosphere that always envelop form in nature.

"Be unflinchingly honest to the impression the model gives you - dismiss the camera idea of truth from your mind. Instead of converting yourself into a mechanical instrument for the copying of what is before you, let your drawing be an expression of truth perceived intelligently."

Harold Speed

Frederick Franck "The Zen of Seeing; Seeing/Drawing as Meditation"

Zen and the Art of Drawing

One thing I find in drawing that makes it all worth it is that it changes the way I see things. It widens my experience of the world. Impressions come flooding in that I would otherwise have missed. This was certainly the case after spending two days drawing with Frederick Franc.

I have had the pleasure of taking two weekend courses with this artist. Both times at the beginning of the weekend I felt the class to be too easy for me. We were instructed to find a leaf, branch or rock and sit and draw it for 30 minutes. I would wonder why it was necessary to spend so much time drawing one simple thing. Yet after persisting, my perception of the object would change. But beyond that my ability to see everyone and everything around me was enhanced.

At the end of one of these courses, I drew a quick profile of Frederick Franc.

To See the World in a Bulb of Garlic

Frederick Franck "The Zen of Seeing ; Seeing/Drawing as Meditation"

One would never suspect the healing power of drawing. Just a few minutes of simply looking can be a form of meditation. I found Frederik Franc's book when I was going through some emotional turbulence, and felt his approach to be a healing balm. Frederik Franc taught his students to slow down and look.

"When all the antennae are out, as they are in seeing/drawing the eye perceives and a reflex goes from the retina via the mind or heart to the hand."






As to how a person progresses in drawing, Frederic Franc offers no recipe. Only to make the eye-heart-hand reflex more sensitive so that the hand becomes an ever more willing tool of the eye.

Let your pencil become an extension of your hand - a sensitive feeler.

If you are drawing a feather, let your pencil strokes BE as soft as a feather.

If you are drawing a holly bush , let your pencil strokes BE as spikey as the holly.

Betty Edwards "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"

Drawing is a Teachable and Learnable Skill

As human beings we all come equipped to put down on paper what we see. According to Betty Edwards if you have average eyesight and average eye-hand coordination, you can learn this skill. It is primarily a matter of learning to "see" in a different way than we ordinarily see.

Inside each of our skulls is a two sided brain with two ways of comprehending the world around us. Most of us reside in a left-brain mode. To draw what you see, requires the ability to let the left-brain take a back seat and allow the right-brain to emerge.

Here is a summary of qualities of each side of the brain:




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The abilities of the left-brain are highly valued in this culture and our educational system has been designed to cultivate the ability to speak, label measure, reason and keep to a schedule. The right half of the brain is virtually neglected in many educational settings.

Making the Shift into Right Brain Mode

Betty Edwards "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"

Drawing a form that you see is largely a right-brain function. As the left-brain is dominant in most people and tends to interfere - it is necessary to present the brain with tasks that encourage the right-brain to take over and the left brain to recede.

One way to do this is to look at an image you want to draw upside down. Familiar things do not look the same when they are upside down. The visual clues don't match, and the left-brain becomes confused.

This creates an opening for the right-brain to simply perceive the shapes just as they appear. If the perception of the shapes is clear, the hand with the pencil in it can more easily reproduce those shapes on paper.

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In working on a portrait of a dancer show below, I used this photograph at the left as a reference. Although most of the time I looked at the photo right side up, if I was having trouble with a particular area of the portrait I would turn the photograph upside down. This allowed me to view the shape of the eye or the mouth for example exactly as is was. We have so many symbolic associations with the features of the face that it is difficult for us to view them simply as shapes.

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A Journey Back to Painting is a site started by Paul Foxton in 2005. It tells a story of his return to drawing and painting after a long time away and how he made the decision to take control of his own learning. His approach is refreshingly honest, full of humor, and practical advice. You will see the results of Paul's efforts, see his progress, and you are invited to join him.

A few of many areas that are explored in depth in this site:

* how to learn to draw accurately

* principles of composition

* structural knowledge in drawing and understanding the planes of the head

* the importance of value and how to use it effectively in drawing

* how to practice effectively

Key steps to effective practice by Paul Foxton

So how do you learn to do something well?

  1. Identify the core skills that you need to practice.
  2. Decide on a way to practise those skills in isolation from everything else - focus on each skill separately, one at a time
  3. Make an appointment with yourself and allocate some time for regular practice

Effective practice is specific, focused and deliberate

If you practice ineffectively, and you'll be putting in huge amounts of effort for very little reward. Practice effectively, and you can progress much faster than you would have thought possible with much less effort."

So as an example of what can be accomplished by diligent practice over a period of time, Paul Foxton went from this drawing (shown above right) to this drawing (shown below)

There is much more to explore on Paul Foxton's site

Julia Cameron "The Artist's Way "

A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self

According to Julia Cameron, our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we actualize these yearnings, we come closer to our own divinity.

Do you feel that you are fully actualizing your creative potential? Julia Cameron specializes in creative recovery, and had designed a twelve week course that guides you through this process. This is a spiritual path to higher creativity.

When I was a child in elementary school, I loved to draw. Horses were my favorite subject and I had sketchbooks full of horse drawings. When I reached middle school this love of drawing went into a cold hybernation. I somehow got the idea that I had no talent, and it became embarrassing to even try.

My story is not unusual. For many people the natural joy experienced in drawing and painting, withers away as they grow older.

The young creator of this painting had no artistic inhibitions.

The grown up in us can be skeptical, even judgemental of our efforts to be in touch with our creative sides. According to this author, judging your early artistic efforts is artistic abuse.

"The Artist's Way" pinpoints many core negative beliefs which can hold us back.

"Very often audacity, not talent makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist - hiding in the shadows, afraid to step out and expose the dream to the light, fearful that it will disintegrate to the touch."

Julia Cameron

Michael Chaitow

A Painter for Whom the Mystical is a Driving Force

Michael Chaitow was my teacher in London for a number of years. He taught objective drawing skills as a foundation, and also guided his students in drawing as a form of meditation and inner development. His students experienced the use of the left and right hands as linked to the left and right hemispheres of the brain. We began to paint using Chinese ink, brush, reed pens and quill pens.

The dominant hand in us is usually capable of precision and some degree of control. To be instructed to draw a figure with the non-dominant hand (the left hand in my case) is unsettling at first. I couldn't quite tell what my left hand was going to do.

Using the Chinese ink and brush was a new adventure too. So just what is this supposed to be anyway? With a dominant left brain orientation a person can be skeptical, or even critical of what splashes out onto the page.

I felt so out of control at first. Who knows where the ink will run? Yet in persisting with these exercises, I found that a channel had opened to express a more intuitive perception.

Sometimes Michael would have us begin with the left hand, which made a loose and lively start to the drawing. After a time, we were allowed to use the right hand especially if more precision and control were wanted.

If the drawing became too controlled and tight, we could switch back to the the left hand.

This would lead to a lovely dialogue between the left and right hands. Not that all the results of our efforts were something to frame and display. However we experienced some connection between the rational and intuitive within ourselves.

Other ways of exploration in Michael's classes were to hold two pencils in one hand, or hold a pencil in the left and and brush in the right. We even tried painting holding a brush in our mouths.

I have come to appreciate life and energy in art so much that I sometimes prefer the initial drawing or sketches of an artist to their finished oil paintings. Something I really admire is when a finished oil painting carries the life and energy of an original drawing or sketch. But this is a subject for a different lens.

Visit Michael Chaitow's Website

In your opinion, which artist/author has the most to offer?

If you have someone in mind not listed here, please do visit my guest book, and let us know who it is!

Which author would you recommend to someone just starting out in drawing?

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is a great review - you really do know the art resources after reading this! Back to refresh the angel dust (theoretically at least) - repin it to my drawing board and send this out by digg and g+. More people should draw, that is for sure. I actually had a dream once where I was told to take a drawing class.

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @ae dc: thanks so much for liking and pinning...much appreciated!

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @EpicFarms: Thanks so much, and I'm so glad to hear you are back at it. I had a similar experience where I wasn't encouraged as a teen, then was lucky to find my interest again later in life.

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Thank you so much for the blessing and adding it to your lens. I really appreciate it!

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      What a fabulous lens you have created. I really enjoyed learning about the different techniques and loved your work beside each description. Well done and congrats on the well deserved LotD.

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @TrevorLedford: Thanks so much for your comments. Yes these are books you can keep going back to

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      TrevorLedford 5 years ago

      Great lens! You and I seem to be drawn to very similar ideas. I'm an art teacher, and I've read most of the books here (these really are the best ones available).

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      Awesome information.

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      @TheGoodHut: Thank you so much! The original drawing was just pencil on newsprint paper, if you believe it. If you follow the link to my site on Fine Art America, you can easily order a print or even a greeting card, for modest cost. Thanks again and all the best

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      Awesome collection and really nice lens..

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      I always want to learn how to draw a good picture, even I never have the opportunity to learn about things like that only except when I was still in grade 4-6. It would be nice to know more about drawing and painting anyway. Great len and a "like" from me.

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @nicenet: Thank you so much. I'm so glad you can use this in your art lessons!

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      @jvcronje: I just looked her up on youtube due to your comment. WOW how astounding and she works so innocently and confidently. How to explain? multiple lives is the only thing I can come up with. Looks to me like she has many lifetimes of experience.

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      @Cari Kay 11: Let me know how you do!

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      @BarbaraSellers: That must have been so much fun!

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @historianwf: Thank you so much....and you can see more of my art through the FineArtAmerica link at the bottom. So glad you are enjoying painting!

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      @Phillyfreeze: thank you so much!

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      @OrganicMom247: that's ok --improves your state of mind just to do it---even for a couple of minutes

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      @squidoopets: Thank you so much! I appreciate your support of animal rescue, which is where my heart is

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on your LOTD award. I cannot draw to save myself but my children are quite good at it. They get that from their mother's side of the family I think!

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: that is the best possible result of having made this lens --thank you!

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      PestControlEasternSuburbs 5 years ago

      I learned what contour drawings and gesture drawings are here. I hated art at school - probably because of tne notion that I was hopeless at it, as you mention! Great lens, Ann. I really enjoyed it.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Beautiful work and nice lens! I enjoyed seeing your work! Thank you for sharing!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I will draw more often because of what I've read here today.

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      artdivision1 lm 5 years ago

      This lens is so inspiring! I love it

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @mizzyjo: Hope you do it--go for it--life just moves on so quickly--

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @anonymous: of course there is --depends on what you most want

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @anonymous: There is something so magical about Niclaides book...thanks for letting me know

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Hope you do return to precise and fluid. thanks for your nice comments

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      mizzyjo 5 years ago

      Thank you, you have awakened a sleeping desire to draw, dormant since the end of high school and pushed into a dark corner by a busy life. But it was always there.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Congrats on the well deserved lens of the day. I have heard of Kimon Nicolaides before but I have never read any of his books.

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      CeyhunDonmez 5 years ago

      Thanks for Sharing the lens.Do keep posting

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. I have so much trouble drawing anything, but you gave me several choices to work with.

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      Dipalika 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD. Amazing lens.

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      A well presented and inspiring lens! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day - well deserved. I love your article.

      I studied Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain in psychology, while taking oil painting. It is a fantastic book that opens up the world of art to anyone who can read, and who can hold a stick.

      It proves that anyone can create art. :)

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      Big ups here for Betty Edwards' book. Actually went from "terrible" to, well, not "good" but something like "could be good with more work." Alas, didn't have time to keep at it...

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Well deserved of a purple star! Yes this will inspire a lot of future artists

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I enjoy making line drawings for many of my squidoo lenses. Nice tutorial and many congrats on LOTD!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      So much to digest. I fall into the "cannot draw" category, but maybe I CAN do it! Thanks for a really interesting lens.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Thank you for creating this wonderful lens about creative freedom. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      whenever i am inspired or in the mood, i draw, i sketch.. and before the picture is completed, i have to do something important. XD

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      My favorite art teacher was Robert G. Carter (7th grade) Bob taught the class to draw the human figure (full frontal) by using 7 circles that showed graphically the correlations between the upper and lower torso.

      Betty Edwards book first published in 1979 was ground breaking in terms of teaching students "to see" with the right side of their brains that has all spatial and intuitive modes to draw still life and the human figure. Excellent lens for anyone interested learning to draw with very helpful and useful resources.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I really like Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes. Every one should read Julia Cameron. I took a drawing class and the Nicolaides book was used - it is quite good. Congrats on the LOTD, this is a lovely lens: Blessed.

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      historianwf 5 years ago

      As a late beginner to the fun of painting, this lens is so inspiring. Please share more of your art with the world.

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      BarbaraSellers 5 years ago

      I once got an entire audience to successfully draw a recognizable Fred Flintstone, one line at a time. I had them use numbers and symbols they already knew how to make and then it was just a matter of connecting them together. Everybody, who previously thought they could NOT draw, got so excited when I proved that they could.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I am a very left brained sort but really want to attempt the upside down way of drawing. I'm curious to see if that will help any! Thanks!

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      PinkZebraLady 5 years ago

      Nice lens ..

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I have both Betty and Julia's books and highly recommend them also even if you do not consider yourself an "artist". They are helpful for both creatives and those who think they don't have a creative bone in their bodies.

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      Sunflower2423 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I used to draw and paint a long time ago. I always loved art class in school. Hopefully one day I can start back to drawing and painting.

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Well deserved with a beautiful lens.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great lens and well deserving of the prime LOTD spot. As an artist, I love art books of all kinds. I do have three of the ones listed and will be checking out the others soon. They are now on my "to-read" list!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      It was interesting to come across this lens on a day when I have been thinking about returning to a favorite form of expression (Japanese ink painting). Thank you for introducing me to your influential art mentors. I have the Cameron book and the Edwards book (and find them very valuable). Congrats on LotD!

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      jvcronje 5 years ago

      Very, very interesting! I wonder how Aelita Andre manages to do what she does!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Beautiful Lens!!! Congrats on LotD! Leaving a few blessings for you.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this very informative and interesting lens. Congratulations on your LotD.

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      karen-stephens 5 years ago

      I wanted to say AnnRadley in the poll. but no choice to do so. Thanks for the inspiration. I am a life long lover of business people taking up creative endeavors, and yes..using more of that right brain (and left one too.. but in new exciting ways) Squid Angel Blessings also! xxooxo

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      nicey 5 years ago

      I love art. When drawing, I'm used to drawing straight lines without using a ruler. I also guide my pupils to do the same and I think it is fun.

      Well done! The lens was thorough and very educative.I will use it later in my art lessons.

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      TheGoodHut 5 years ago

      Ann, your gesture drawing of the dancer is breathtaking. You share beautiful artwork here, but that one in particular really spoke to my long-sleeping and small artistic soul. Thanks for the wake up!

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Very nice lens....congrats on LOTD. Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, what a wonderful, encouraging presentation! Congratulations on your very well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      congrats on lotd, you have inspired me...and I may attempt to draw something, although I'm more inclined to photograph things instead, I just happen to be better at opinion only. Thanks.

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      coolaunt 5 years ago

      Super lens. I now have some thoughts, tools and ideas on encouraging my child to draw more often.

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: can't thank you enough for the kickstart!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I used to love to draw - you've reminded me of that! Congrats on LoTD - well deserved.

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      danymatta 5 years ago

      hello, nice lens

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I have the Julia Cameron book 'The Artist's Way' and it's really helpful for someone who's already gotten a bit of a start in drawing. Sounds like the Kimon Nicolaedis book would be really practical for someone just beginning. You've got such great resources here to help people feel confident in starting out.

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      My high school art teacher gave us some tips from Drawing on the Right Side of the brain. I'm a full time artist today and I still refer back to some of those pointers. The Natural Way to Draw looks like a good read, one more for the wishlist! Great lens!

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      jadapotata 5 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day. Great lens!

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      slimsdaughter lm 5 years ago

      . . . W O N D E R F U L . . .

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      IMHustle 5 years ago

      Wow, you've done a great job in creating this lens! I taught myself how to draw in elementary school and have been blessed to improve as an artist over the years w/o taking any formal art instruction. Thank you for including my favorite (and only) art book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. Btw, congratulations on the Lens of the Day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello Ann. First of all, I must tell you that I've really enjoyed reading your lens. My favorite art teachers are, Miss Lucas, Mrs. Hodges, and Mr. White.

      My favorite art book is "The Natural Way To Draw" by Kimon Nicolaides. I was first introduced to this book back in the early 70's by one of my drawing professors at Virginia Commonwealth University and it has contributed to my drawing ability immensely. Two years ago I revisited this book and did a refresher course in drawing. I am happy to say that it played an essential part in helping me complete my most recent children book novel, "Has Mickey Gone Nuts." Thanks for allowing me to share. Take care.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to read FICTION about artists! In fact, I made a lens about it. I have learned some crafts, but I have never really learned to draw. There's still hope for me! Great lens.

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      TopDigitalMarke 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I took a drawing class one semester, it was great! Although I'm not an amazing artist, I do enjoy drawing and I need to get back into it! :)

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      angharad 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love The Artist's Way, and I shall have to check out the others you have recommended here.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd. Great job; blessed :)

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      You've inspired me...thanks!!

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      KatPalmer LM 5 years ago

      Thank-you. I loved to draw as a kid, but as I got older fell out of practice. Your lens inspired me to pick up my pencil and begin again.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      A great selection of books from technical aspects of drawing to the motivation and blocks that stop us! Congratulations on the LOTD win!

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      WWurpleW 5 years ago

      I'm just beginning to learn to draw and this is a great lens on how to get started. Thanks and congratulations on such a successful lens!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Maybe I CAN try. Thanks

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a well-deserved Lens of the Day! I was fascinated all the way through.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Thrilled to see this wonderful lens on the front page of today, Ann - congratulations!

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      alcrafter 5 years ago

      The Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain book helped me to see I could draw.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Back to Congratulate you on LOTD! I think anyone can draw if they follow Betty Edwards technique...

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      rainbowruffles 5 years ago

      What a very interesting lens! I enjoyed reading it and also observing the pictures. I found your lens very interesting! Congrats on LOTD! Blessed!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      That's a great advice - "Let go any idea of "ME" and whether I can or cannot draw." Love your drawings! Congrats on LOTD :)

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great lens! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congrats on Lotd. Great information.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratualtions on LotD!!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi congrats on LoTD. I enjoy drawing myself, thanks for sharing your favorite drawing books. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Really well written lens almost made me feel like I could do it.