drawing is hard:(

Since my last post I have been struggling to get to grips with drawing. In that effort I have scoured my books and done a few exercises  but nothing really helps other than to keep drawing.  The one thing I have learnt is that I cannot drawing a straight line to save my life. However that appears to be the least of my problems.  Hereare a couple of examples:
this was an exercise from ‘drawing on the right side of the brain’ using a plastic view finder where you draw directly on the plastic and then you transfer the image to your paper. Its a bit of a cheat really. I have tried using the view finder before where you place in front of you and translate the image you see onto paper. I cannot work with it.

This one was about working with negative space which was fine for the bottom half but then I lost it trying to find the space for the seat. I was getting there but was grateful for the need to move the chair for dinner.

As I was concentrating on improving my drawing, the painting I started a few weeks back has been rather neglected.  I must admit I thought this might be easier with the grid in the background but really all it has meant is that I have concentrated on the background rather than the object, a drummer.  However this afternoon, I think I made some progress with it although it has a ways to before it is complete.  Hopefully this will be the first of three.


  1. Hi Jacqui
    We used your lovely comment on our blog in the letters page of the new issue of Artists & Illustrators (hope you don’t mind!), which entitles you to a £50 Great Art voucher. If you’d like to drop me a line with your postal address, we’ll see that it gets sent out to you soon.
    Best wishes, Steve
    Editor, Artists & Illustrators


  2. wow, after a bad week with work, (not painting), this has made my week. Off to the studio now with a little added skip to my step 🙂


  3. Yes Jacqui, I agree with you, drawing is hard but the studies you have published in your blog are lovely. So don’t knock yourself, just keep going. 😉


    1. Thanks, Heather, I am not going to give up. Looking forward to the Sketchbook project. That should keep me focus.


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