Thursday, June 16, 2011

Problems Are Not Stop Signs

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."  ~ Robert Schuller

After reviewing two drawings sent in for this week's sketching challenge, and posting this quote - "A good example has twice the value of good advice." on my inspirationeveryday blog, I decided to guide by example on this one.  I drew with pencil alone like the two submissions I've posted. How can I help them and you to make your drawings better? How can I make my own drawings better? How can I portray the subject better? What is my center of interest? Where do I want people's eyes to go?

One of the main things I noticed is that the values need to be right. There needs to be a distinct separation between them - light, medium and dark and I must use them to express my sight, insight and inspiration. I used my kneaded eraser to lift some details from the wings to make them look more translucent. I also pressed it onto the paper to soften the background values so they didn't conflict with my main attraction. I hope this information and example will be of some help. "Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer."  ~ AndrĂ© A. Jackson

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over."  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald


  1. I absolutely love this!!! Truly convincing and life-like.

  2. Isn't that so true. We run into a problem while painting and we dash off and do the laundry ;)


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