Drawing Basics

An artist doesn’t have to love drawing to be a good painter, but I think it helps. A good drawing provides a solid base from which to paint, and the more issues that are resolved at this initial stage, the better the chance of a successful painting. I enjoy the drawing process and expressing myself with a carefully drawn contour drawing or a quick gestural sketch—and everything in between.

I use both pencil and pen in my work. Most of my sketchbook work is done in pen for the simple reason that I often don’t have time to paint the sketch right away, and a pen drawing usually doesn’t smear before I get a chance to add ...

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