Learning To Draw

Drawing doesn’t come easy for me but I am amazed how just a little practice can improve my skills.

I am taking Carla Sonheim’s year long online class called, “Y is for Yellow.”  You can find out more about it here:  http://www.carlasonheim.com/2016-y-is-for-yellow/

Lately, I have been drawing LOTS of animals.  One of the exercises that helps me to really SEE an animal is to draw with my non-dominant hand.  Here are a couple of my pages:

After drawing the animal with my left hand – which takes quite a bit of concentration, I draw it with my EYES CLOSED!  I have to say that my eye-hand coordination is starting to improve – here are a couple of my pages from my third day of practice:

The bird on the right is a Flamingo if the legs don’t give it away!  hehe!

The other drawing I have been doing is called “smudgies.”  I define the head  and the body of the animal with soft pastels and smudge it.  Simple details are added with pencil to complete it.  I have to say that I like this exercise the best!  Here are a couple pages:

I hope you give some of these drawing exercises a try and tell me what you think!

Happy Drawing!  🙂

26 responses to “Learning To Draw

  1. I have looked at her classes but practice is the best thing ever. I look back at my things from just a year ago and see an improvement just by doing something every day. I want to draw realistically but also don’t want to lose the ability to just draw fun simple things. The best thing I ever did was stop looking at my lines and start looking at darks and lights. These are really fun and I can tell what they all are lol.

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  2. These are fun! Worth a try I think…(K)

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  3. What wonderful practice and drawing out of the box, thanks for sharing your progress. I like the drawings with your eyes closed. 😌

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  4. Woo, love that frog Jill! I find looking at the negative space helps me a lot. Especially when I first sit down and getting loose. The angle of the first line for me is pretty key so I always look at the shape on the other side of the line in the reference and see if it looks similar or do I need to adjust the angle. Good for you, keep rolling, lady! 💛

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  5. Those are terrific exercises and you did a wonderful job with them! Another thing to do, which I’m sure you’ve learned already, is to draw something upside d0wn so it doesn’t look like one’s preconceived notion. I find that very hard, too. 🙂

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  6. I really like you drawings. I also visited Carla Sonheim’s website. Thank you for the link. I really like her what she does and what you are doing!

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  7. What fun! I need to try these exercises!! Your results are fantastic Jill! 💕💕😃 I love seeing your explorations. They’re inspiring!!

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  8. great exercises! Love the pen drawings, simple but effective and fun! xo Johanna


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