March 30th 2001

************************************************'s Insider Communiqué


In today's issue:

1) Revisiting the Artist's Contract

2) Twenty five brand NEW  "Vase-face" practice drawings

3) Perspective resource: The Royal Academy's Perspective Pack

Good day all!

March has come and gone, can you believe it? We've a had a very
nice chunk of new subscriber's this month too. Welcome aboard all!
And for all the new people I'm going to reprint something first posted
a couple three years ago, (kinda like when "Dear Abby" puts out a
"reprint" - when she's out to lunch or out of town or just taking a little
res pit but doesn't want it to  look like that's what she's doing. ;-)

This is the "Artist's Contract". It's from Julie Cameron's book "the Artist's
Way" though it's modified a tad for learning to draw caricatures and faces.

Print it out, read it, then fill it in!  Here it is:


Artist's Contract

I ____________________________, (your name) understand that in
learning to draw/draw faces/draw caricatures I am undertaking an
intensive guided encounter with my own creativity. I commit myself to
weekly reading, __________(like 3,4, or 5 pages, or lessons or something
I know I can reasonably commit to), and ...

weekly drawing sessions of ____________ minutes (15, 30, 45...start
short and sweet). I commit myself to completing one section of a
lesson every ______  (3 days, each week, every 10 days), and to the
fulfillment of each weeks tasks.

I _____________________________, (your name) further understand that
there will be days when I think nothing I draw looks right and that my future
as an artist/portraitist/caricaturist will be limited.

On those days I promise myself I'll accept those uncomfortable feelings
and I'll keep on drawing. (Possibly after an hour break, a day break,
some exercise, after doing something completely different - or even
after a good temper tantrum - but I promise myself I'll get back to it!)

Lastly, If I really get stuck, I'll buy Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"
or something like it where I can remind myself that learning to draw
caricatures or any art for that matter, is a passage (at times a painful
one), to an expanded and enriched life. I'll remind myself I deserve praise
and congratulations - not criticism - for trying.




Making a commitment is the first step

Put in reasonable time commitments - a 15 minute drawing session 3-5
days a week is much more productive and much more manageable than
trying to find a two hour block of time once a week. (And if you draw longer
than 15 minutes, fantastic! That's a success. If 15 minutes is all the time you
allot yourself and you complete it, that's success! Give yourself credit
and stay hungry.)

Also look at the "getting started" couple of paragraphs on this page
- the 23rd of October 1998 - in the Archives:

The Archives in general has lots of stuff that might whet your drawing
whistle. Here's the general link to the Archives:

(If you've forgotten:

username: xxxxxxxx
password: xxxxxxxx

please keep confidential)

2) Twenty-five NEW practice "Vase-Face" drawings

And if you haven't started at all, I've added 25 practice "Vase-Face"
drawings you can print out and complete. They're truly little brain teasers
and are great introductions to getting in to your right brain. Make sure
you do the complete assignment in Lesson One at least once  - take
your time! Learning is most permanent when you're learning at your
leisure and not "cramming". You can find them at the bottom of this link:

3) Advanced Drawing topics: Perspective book review

For those of you advancing on, you're probably finding perspective and
proportion as pretty confusing prospects. Again, the trick is always drawing
what you see. But if you'd like some extra enrichment and like to learn
some really simple tricks that allow you to draw three dimensional
architecture-like objects free hand, keep your eye's open for The Art
School Perspective Pack
. It may be just what you're looking for.

Perspective is an art all by itself and this package will give you a 
jump start  in to it.  What you get is this: a beautifully bound hard cover
container with a 72-page soft cover text, full color illustrations using masters
paintings for demonstrations, great explanations, a tool kit with framing cards,
hinged rulers, gridded acetate frames (or as we call them, "formats"), a model
of Escher's "Impossible Triangle", draftsman's graphed and "squared" paper.

You'll learn more about horizon lines, one and two point perspective,
drawing grids, how to draw perfect ellipses, how to spot perspective
in seemingly very complex pictures, the behavior and placement of
shadows in perspective, and a whole bunch more.

It'll definitely keep you busy for a while. It's hardly necessary to learn
all this perspective stuff to draw well, but it is a fun tangent. And it most
definitely will sharpen your drawing skills. If it's out of stock at Amazon,
check in with your local Barnes and Nobles or Borders or Crown Books
or local art supply store etc. Here's the direct Amazon Link:

If this link is broken go to click on books and type
in "perspective pack".

Well that'll do for today all, remember  all questions and comments
are welcome and valued. Keep on drawing!

PS - stateside: don't forget to set your clocks forward Sunday morning!


Jeffrey O. Kasbohm
Executive Director