Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. These roles that contour lines play in preliminary sketches is the key in starting a drawing. Study straight and angled lines in drawings this will help you figure the correct proportions when drawing the human body.

 Blind Contour Drawing

Will enhance your observation skills by drawing objects without looking at your paper

Advance your ability to see as an artist by analyzing a straight-sided shape to find clues to draw it accurately freehand

Accurately sketch the proportions of straight-sided shapes and objects, and then outline their contours with continuous lines

Set up intricate proportional guidelines to draw an image and then add shading with hatching lines

When sketching animals use short and long lines

 Sketch a Simple Scene

Sketch the proportions of hills, a lake, and trees, outline their shapes, and then add shading with straight hatching lines

The Writer

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No one imaginative characteristic can transform your writing as transiently as color. Spending thousands of words over describing a scene, when a single color is all it takes to burst the scene upon the reader’s eye with perfect clarity.
Authors can often categorize characters through the colors with which they surround themselves. The color could set the mood of the scene.

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IF by Rudyard Kipling


Rudyard Kipling

written in 1910 for his 12 years-old son John


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Happy Fathers Day to you.

To your Dad,  John


To My Dad,  Al

This morning, I listen to Sunday Morning  CBS, heard how fathers today are different from fathers twenty years ago. Dads today spend more time with their kids.  My dad, definitely was ahead of his time,  he was as maternal as my mom.  As a baby he help bathe, cut our nails, feed and read to us.  I guest today dads finely caught on.



On This Memorial Day © Emily Toma


Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more.
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them as we eat and play.
Remember our protectors-
who are not home today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.

Color Chart of Greens

Color Chart  – MINT GREEN not TEAL nor TURQUOISE

To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson


You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.
Happy Mother’s Day
To your mom Jacqueline
My mom Dolly!

sniffling, sneezing and coughing


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Chicken Soup, hot tea with honey and table salt in water to gargle is the best remedy to heal you!

New York Mets


New York Mets (1999 - Pres)

Hey, Mets today is the first day of the season. Everybody hits!


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Seeing tone takes practice. Set up  a few objects in a box. Spray paint the entire box and content white. Place a lamp light higher then the box. Look at how the light falls on all the objects in the box  and creates shadows.  Draw the shapes of the objects using 2B pencil. Keep in mind where is the cast shadow. This  will help you to create the 3D shape. Then add in the shadows of the shapes.

By doing this exercise will help you to learn how tone creates three dimensional shapes.

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Happy Easter, Keith

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