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April 15, 2010

Did you sign up for the newsletter, but aren’t receiving it?

It’s come to my attention that there is a little mix-up with the newsletter. Basically, the newsletter service was sending out confirmation e-mails from a different address than where the newsletter was coming from. What that means is that the e-mails have probably gotten stuck in your junk mail folder!

I’ve fixed this little problem, but if you haven’t been getting the newsletter, make sure to check your junk mail or set to your safe list.

Sorry for the confusion!! This is all new to me and it’s definitely a learning curve!

And for those of you who haven’t signed up yet, below is the March issue. Take a look at all the juicy tid-bits you’ve been missing! I’ve also added links in the sidebar (to the right) to the latest newsletter, as well as the archive.

If you want the next issue in your inbox, please submit your address!

In this Issue:
A Message from Miranda, The Best Way to Approach Portrait Drawings, You Might Be an Artist If…, March from @Learntoart
A Message from Miranda
Hello and happy April!
I can’t believe another month has gone by. March was a busy one, and the rest of the spring looks to be the same.
The past month at Learn to… Art! was full of colour as we began introducing the topic of painting. If you missed any of these articles, be sure to check them out!
Do you have a burning colour question? Let me know, I’d love to help!
Miranda Aschenbrenner
The Best Way to Approach Portrait Drawings
You’re sitting at your table with a clean, fresh piece of drawing paper in front of you. You draw your grid (or not) and then you outline the features of your portrait.
Now what?
All that white staring back at you can be intimidating!
There are probably as many ways to start a portrait drawing as there are people who draw them. I’ve narrowed them down to two basic approaches: the all-over approach and the wallpaper approach.
The question is, which approach is best?
The Wallpaper Approach
When papering a wall, you start on one side and work your way methodically across. When you draw this way, it’s much the same; you start on one side of the page and complete the drawing in sections as you move across. Brian Duey demonstrates this in his portrait drawing tutorial.
While this approach almost ensures that you won’t drag your hand through your work, it can be difficult to create smooth transitions between the areas you’re working on. You also have to be spot-on with your values as you work.
The All-Over Approach
This approach takes the entire page into consideration. Each layer of graphite is built up gradually across the whole portrait. My portrait tutorial is a good example of this.
Drawing this way lets you respond to the portrait as a whole piece, rather than just rendering each area as you see it, but you need to be careful where you rest your hand.
What’s the Verdict?
You Might Be an Artist If…
On a lighter note:
Have you ever wondered to yourself, “am I really an artist?” Well, if you can relate to any of these statements, the answer is probably yes!
  • you’ve cleaned your fingernails with a palette knife
  • you choose a wine with an eye toward using the bottle in your next still-life
  • you’ve rinsed your watercolour brush in your coffee
  • you’ve painted an abstract and decided it looked better upside down
March from @Learntoart
Don’t use Twitter? That’s okay, you don’t have to miss these great tweets from the past month!
Going Beyond Inspiration “Keep showing up. Sometimes, inspiration will meet you there.”
8 Ways to Improve Your Paintings Instantly
9 Very Common Figure Drawing Mistakes, And How to Avoid Them
Give Your Next Painting a Caffeine Boost – and Paint with Coffee!
Biggest Mistakes Artists make in their Careers
How to Make a “Rub-out” Drawing Using Watercolors and Pencil
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