I noticed last week that as long as I have a subject in mind, such as drawing from a real object or drawing from a photo, my drawings can turn out fairly well, and I am usually pleased with the result. When I am seeking an idea or more or less aimlessly sketching or doodling (which ever you want to call it) I seem to revert to the subjects and style I did as a teenager, and believe me it has been a long long time since I was a teenager. Those results don’t please me at all. I have a feeling I just need to spend more time doing focused drawings, either of objects or from photos. Perhaps with more training my part I will see more improvement in the quality of these sketches and won’t continue to feel that I gotten stuck in a time warp.


Anyone else find the same thing?

I have updated my blog with some more finished drawings so you can compare if you wish.

Kathy Walker

Helen Anne Upside Down Drawings

I’ve been through 3 of the 4 drawings. This is one of them. After Anon
Had a few issues with spacing and distances that I left myself notes about but on the whole I’m pleased.

Nature Studies and other

chipmunk sketches

Been a couple of weeks since I posted anything here, but I have been drawing. Above is some of the sketches I did of chipmunks. Cute little guys aren’t they. I also did some house plant studies. But last week I sort of fell off of my “Study” wagon and just did some sketching from magazine photos. I have posted those drawings to my blog if you want to take a look. Like many others I got a bit distracted with my drawing last week and didn’t do as much as I would have liked. Oh well hope to do better this week.

Hope everyone is having a good June so far, ours is coolish and damp. I don’t mind the cool but would enjoy more sun.

Kathy Walker

blog – http://katwalkdesigns.blogspot.com/

Jeanne’s Pre-instruction and Upside Down drawings

Jeanne's upside-down drawing

Jeanne's upside-down drawing

I have been working though the exercises and posted some drawings on my blog.  Most of this was much harder than I expected!

Pictures are posted on my blog.


Like everyone else, I’ve been too busy to do much with this, but I HOPE I’m now ready to concentrate on it better. Here are my efforts so far. Gag! I’m actually even older than the self-portrait, but I had a hard time adding enough wrinkles and bags to make it look like me. A clear triumph of vanity over realism. My father NEVER looked like the memory portrait, although he did wear wire-rim glasses and parted his hair in the middle back when he was young. The hand isn’t too bad, although I seem to have managed to omit the veins and liver spots–and plan to continue to do that. The last one speaks for itself. I’ve a ways to go. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

Now that I’ve figured out how to post directly to this blog, I hope more of you will do the same and let us all see what you’re drawing these days.

Sarah’s hands

Hi all!  It is great to see all the posts…. I have been sidetracked by life these past few weeks, but had some drawings done in late April that I’ve finally been able to blog about on my own blog, here.  I thought I’d share one of the drawings with you here, but let you read about the rest of the exercise…and compare how I did in 2003 with now… on my blog.


National Drawing Day