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Hello, I'm getting frustrated learning to draw, I'm not drawing what I see very well. I've attached an image and would like some advice. It's one of the worst of the bunch. I feel frustrated. I've added a second drawing I'm a little happier with. what do I need to do to improve?

cross hatching face \'The Technical Pen"
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Hi Luke,

Thank you for your thoughts, and emailing me on them...
Well, first of all you are way too hard on yourself, for as drawings go
they are very good!

Ok...the first thing I see is that your style is what I call quick and  sketchy, but you do
capture the essence of the piece and there is nothing wrong with this...

But, I feel that this is NOT what you want...but you are looking for a softer and more
finished piece?

In the first piece of the guy with the glasses the cross hatching is very good
but what I see is the lack of tints and tones. in the cheek chin forehead areas,
you have a hint of darker areas.

But,you need to be more aware of your light source,
as well as the planes of the face..and using tighter strokes.

Again, you have done a nice job of 'hinting' at
the cheek bones and the curvature of the chin, and the subtleties of the planes of the
nose area but, if you look hard at your reference source and study what I call the 'lumps and
bumps' of the face and mentally run your fingers over the planes of this face, you will
mentally "FEEL" the dips and curves of the face.

The lips in your drawing are again subtle but they are actually planed...

If you are interested get Burne Hogarth's book  " Drawing The Human Head." This man, to me is the modern Michelangelo, Unfortunately he has passed away, but his books are magnificent, and they explain how to see the human head or body in the perspective view that so many people miss.

He has many other books out also including drawing the hand, body, and shading wrinkles.

The human face and body is FULL of perspective planes and angles that an artist can miss,
but, again the style of the artist MUST be taken in consideration..But, style is one thing,
understanding WHAT you're drawing is another...and you draw what you see, but do you really understand what you are drawing in order to put in your own 'two cents? in other words add to what your reference is NOT telling you...

A picture can only give you so much, but if you want more, you need to understand the anatomy of what you are drawing...

Also, cross hatching has many styles as you well know, there is a book out there that is my
"Bible" on this subject, it's called "The Technical Pen," and I have sent you a sample of a crosshatched face... you can see how this artist uses shading and the subtle planes of the face.

Your second drawing is more 'dynamic"  and here you have captured the planing of the arm and good shadowing effect.  

But, what I would like to 'challenge' you on is your knowledge of the 'anatomy of the gun. I see that you have drawn it as you see it...but if you were to take your reference away, could you draw the gun indicating the realistic 'anatomy' of it?

Here your picture is a good 'copy' of what you see, but, the problem is, is your doing just that...copying...and what I "FEEL" in your pictures is that all of this is mechanical.

I don't see subtleties in the shading that is YOU...but what the picture is telling you to draw...I don't feel the roundness of the arm, but a mechanical 'stop and go' effect of the shading...there is no softness  in your work...BUT...again if this is your style, then you are doing a nice job... but I feel you will always be frustrated at your work until you can put your own understanding in it.

It is sort of like reading a book, but just reading words and not really understanding what these words mean...Your drawings are like this.

But if you want to change your style to make your work more realistic and feeling, then you need to work on your understanding of; ONE: the human anatomy,  and TWO:  shading and how it works with light and dark and how it reacts to the human anatomy...the human is not HARD but of flesh and bone...the gun is hard! but even that too has it's softer 'moments."

If you are interested in more thoughts, I teach on line and I can help you out more on your work. For more information on this, email me at kittytrekn@gmail.com.

I am going to attempt to send you some examples of the two books I've mentioned, but if you don't get them go on line and check them out and see what I am talking about.

Keep up the good work, and don't be so hard on yourself, you are good.

I don't use the word "TALENT" because I believe that is a defeating word, but instead I like to tell my students that they have the heart and the WANT to become a good artist, then they will become so.

It's the old adage that you can lead a horse to water but, you can't make them drink...but, I see in you the WANT to do better, and because of this...you will.


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I am a well rounded artist with many years of experience, and I feel I can answer with detail and accuracy most any question that might be asked that pertains to all types of art. I can not answer to the fullest about oil painting, because I don't oil paint. But I do know the material and what is a good oil paint, and the types of brushes to use as well as types of canvas. I am very capable of answering just about any questions relating to strip, gag, and illustration cartooning, scripting for graphic novels and comic books, (but I admit that I can not draw the 'action figure,' as they do now, but I know what is correct, and what isn't in human and animal anatomy. I can teach correct and dynamic perspective, action, " emotional feeling," and can get the student that has the comic book artistic flair to improve their stories and drawing where they can tell an energetic story. My genre is in cartooning and realistic drawing. But I also can teach perspective in such a way to where the student can quickly pick up this difficult subject. (This is a subject I know a comic book student must have.) Shading, coloring, with most any art media. I know where to buy art supplies, how these art materials work because of my experience selling these products what kind art supplies such as paper, paint, ink, colored pencils, and graphite pencils that the artist will need for their craft.


QUALIFICATIONS- I have over 30 years of experience in all facets of art, including, Illustration, Cartooning, Clay and Ceramics, Graphic Art, Fine Art, directing art projects for students and clients. I have an wide amount of knowledge in this field, which includes, an extensive knowledge of art materials,selling and buying art materials, consulting customers on the proper use of their art materials. Printing, layout, and Illustrative techniques. I can work on both the PC and Mac (Mac is not my preference) I have completed many Graphic Design projects for my customers, a few of which are, Realtors, Doctors, Hairdressers, Veterinarians I am in the process of publishing a book on Perspective which required working with Word 95, 98 2000. Other programs that I have worked with are: Works, Print Shop 5, 10, some in Corel Draw, Painter 3-D, Photo Shop 5.5, Illustrator 8.0, Page Maker , Quark XPress and Grafix. And am currently trying to learn Dreamweaver and Fireworks for Web design. For over 11 years I had been teaching art.at my own shop called “Graphic Cat School of Art.” I had taught for over two years at Tualatin Recreational Center.. I also have taught at the Oregon school for troubled children Currently I am a retired Correctional Officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, which in my spare tine I had taught art to the female inmates. I am currently am under a new business name of, “Cartoon Cougar Studio.” Under this name I am teaching online art classes and comic book script writing. I am also teaching art lessons out of my home.

I have had no time to join any organizations. I was a member of COW (Cartoonist of Oregon) in 2000...

I did gag cartoons for Leatherneck magazine from 1990- 2005 The ARC newspaper (before it went out of business. 1990) I did a strip called "The adventures of the Pump House gang." which was I was asked to do a cartoon strip with disabled characters.

1989- 2000 - Graphic Cat School of Illustration and Cartooning. Owner and manager of own my own business. 1997-2000- Tualatin Hills Conestoga Rec. & Aquatic Center Part-time. EDUCATION: 1965-1967 American Academy of Art Chicago, Ill 1983- 1984- Associates in Arts and Science- Clark College, Vancouver, Wash. 1984 –1985 -Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design- Clark College, Vancouver, Washington 1999-2000- New Horizons, Mac training in Page Maker and PhotoShop- Portland, Oregon 2001- to 2002- Portland Community College- Psychology, and typing

Awards and Honors
Have won first prize in the COW cartooning gag illustration. Received the Edda McCormick art scholarship at Clark College in 1984.

Past/Present Clients
Have illustrated for a private client, promoting cat characters (the main character was a blue harmonica playing jazz cat called "Bluzkat." for harmonica seminars that has been done in New Orleans. and Oregon. (Now, put on hold) Have scripted and drawn a few ideas for characters for a comic book series called "Vampeer" (now not being published.) I have also drawn children's illustrations for clients that want to self publish their own work. These were drawings that were commissioned, and thus, given to them of which they did what they liked with them. I have gone to many fairs and street art and have done caricatures of both animals and people. When I had my shop I did many logos for clients that ranged from hair dressers, to Doctors, to contractors, and drew for real estate clients. I worked on the Clark College newspaper and did illustrations for them. At the present, I am not working for anyone, but trying to promote my own books, and teaching, as well as doing wood projects for bazaars and art shows.

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