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Simplifying Drawing

Did you know that as a general rule, you have to know how to draw from life (i.e. keep it real!) in order to make simple, authentic drawings? It sounds counter-intuitive, but if an artwork looks simple to draw, it probably isn’t quite so simple.

For four weeks, I’ve been drawing almost daily. It’s noteworthy, because it’s been several *years* since I’ve had a real fire burning for drawing. And now it’s different. One of the reasons I quit drawing is because, creatively, I felt limited. I felt limited to drawing from compositions in photos and making them look realistic. If my only goal was to make a drawing look like a photo, what was the purpose of the drawing? Deep down I wanted to “draw outside the lines”, but didn’t know how. Working with metal was, and is, a welcome change from feeling stifled in that way. With jewelry I can create any shape and form imaginable, without trying to replicate something that already exists. So when the drawing bug hit again, and I realized I was only limited in my thinking, new doors opened wide. So much can be said through art! And there really is no limit if you know the basics. All that’s required is inspiration and a lot of practice.

I went to the library and checked out a few drawing books to get started again…and simplify. These first 5 photos are sketching exercises I completed; some ended up with color, some didn’t.


Pampas Grass


The sea lion is my favorite. 🙂

Sea Lion


It helps to see how others work through a drawing, but that can only take you so far. It’s necessary to explore on your own to find your own artistic voice. Now that I’ve cleared away the cobwebs, I’ve begun to do just that. And let me tell you, it feels GREAT to not be confined by a photo! This little illustration is titled “Hope Thrives Even When It Rains”, inspired by April showers, and the emotional rain that pours down on all of us every now and then.


I’ve been using pencils since I have them on-hand, but soon I’m going to play with watercolor paints again, and maybe even alcohol-based markers.

There is just something special about simplicity.


  1. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Can’t wait to see you again!! Luv u! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    1. You make me smile – love you Hannah! <3

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