Pinterest – a great tool to find drawing tips

Before reading the book Sketch The Non-artist Guide to Inspiration Technique and Drawing Daily Life, I had no idea what “cross hatching” was. I then googled it and the site which gave most of the information was In fact, not only the information about “cross hatching”, it has a lot of other drawing techniques and tips as well. It is like a drawing techniques Wikipedia. I have been using it everyday after I discovered it. Thanks to all the strangers who are sharing their knowledge for free.

Here are my quick studies of “Hatching”:

The second book that I purchased

Keys to drawing is the second book that I purchased.It is a better one in my opinions.

It taught in a more natural way, not like the first one which felt like reading a textbook. This one came from the artist’s personal experiences, and it is more fun to read too. It has a lot of good assignments and all the chapters are arranged in logical orders. I had pretty good results after the first chapter. Here are my drawings from the assignments:

However, I did not go through this book as well due to the disappointment of the pomegranate drawing below. Don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent book, but seems a bit advanced to an absolute beginner like me. I will definitely read it again after I had more beginners’ training.


Attending Classes or Learning from Books

Signing up a local art class or buying a few books to learn by myself. I picked the later option because I have a full-time job as a development programmer and I am a full time mom. Going to a class after work will be a stretch. I would like to learn this in my own pace as I can’t promise myself to practice everyday.

So the first book I purchased was Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner). It was a descent book for beginners. Especially the one points, two points perspectives explanation was excellent. However, it was a bit dry and not enough exercises.


My drawings by following the instructions of the book. This was as far as I could go with this book. I switched to another book after that.


My inspiration

Always want to learn to draw, but seems never have time to learn it. From my childhood to my teens, COLLEGE seems like the only thing that my family supported and concerned. My adulthood filled with works, moved to another country cross half of the global, family stuff, taking care of my young child, such and such … but the truth is, it was not that I don’t have time to learn, it was that I was unwilling to discover that I might not have the talent to draw.

A month or so ago I discovered the book Sketch The Non-artist Guide to Inspiration Technique and Drawing Daily Life which have convinced me to get pass my self-conscious and just loose up and learn. The whole purpose of this is to make myself happy and satisfied my childhood cravings for drawing. That is all that matters.