Good afternoon to you! Just wanted to let you know the
re-furbished, revised and wholly updated YouCanDraw.com
reference cyber-book has been uploaded. It's just waiting
for you to give it a good look and maybe help you become
the artist/caricaturist you know you are or could be!
What you'll find:
Easier to get around.
1) You'll find the whole site is much more navigable -
you'll be able to get to any of the book's 238 web pages
(and growing) within three clicks, four at the most - and
not get lost doing so. (Incidentally, if you printed out
the entire book, it would now print at close to 600
All sections that need their own table of contents now
have one. (Look for
the "Master Link Page" near the top of the
2) Animations. I've added animations to almost all the
lessons. What a book can't do is feed you a lesson piece
by piece actively, which has been shown to sharpen
student's attention 90 -100 % over static reading. (I've
been told that, I don't have a study to back that up
those claims. But I know in my own experience, a moving
picture pulls me in much more than a solitary static
picture. See if this isn't true for you.)
Note on animations: Don't be frightened by large download
sizes. (Some are
on the order of 100 kb.) A 100 kilobyte file that has
100+ frames works
out to about 1 kb per frame. A 28 baud modem can load 4
to 5 kilobytes of
information each second without a fuss. A 14 baud modem
about half that. That means your modem and your computer
shouldn't have any problem loading a 1 kilobyte graphic
every second - and that's the rate the majority of frames
are programmed to change in the animations.
More Depth in Critical Sections
3) You'll see the most amount of work done in Lessons 4
and 8. Lesson 4 is the section on Pure Contour drawing.
This lesson is crucial since the key to getting you
drawing anything is strengthening your brains' own
"artistic-mode accessing skill". (That was a
mouthful.) There's lots more explanation and graphics too
that will help you really understand this key skill.
You'll find an animation there too.
4) Exercises and homework. Almost all the lessons have
expanded sections on homework with exercises that use
photos or drawings. These are just a click away. There
are 7 beautiful photographs for you to practice your pure
contour drawings in Lesson 4. (They're not my work - so I
can call them what hey are: gorgeous!)
There are on the order of 15 pictures in the negative
space exercise for you to practice on. In the upside-down
drawing exercise, Lesson 3, I broke the "Cowboy
Guitarist" down into 9 separate, more manageable
sections. So there's lots of material there for you to
get you well into your drawing state of mind.
Things coming your way In the near future
1) To keep things light, fun and productive, I'll be
adding a section on
cartooning to all the lessons involved with drawing the
individual features (Lessons 10 - 14).
2) Lesson 8 will be rounded out with a more in-depth
section on proportion.
3) Lesson 9, on the fourth skill of drawing, Light and
Shadow, will be
4) You'll see Lesson 15, the actual caricature case-study
building momentum. And that will be a ton of fun since
all the groundwork
(the foundation and feature lessons) to make it work for
you has paved the way.
5) And last but not least, drum roll please, we'll be
bi-weekly caricatures and the e-communique ASAP,
(formerly called the
"electronic magazine") - in the next couple
weeks - hopefully sooner.
(Disclaimer: every time I give a date, I seem to be late
or get delayed, so I'll just say ASAP and won't give a
definite date. Do I make excuses or
what? I really am working as hard as I can to get this
Still, your one year subscription "clock" will
not start ticking until both the caricatures and the
communiqué start coming. At that time, we'll have one
year to dive into nothing but drawing and mastering
So again, thank you all for your incredible patience,
persistence, and input.
Warmly, and looking forward to hearing from you all,
PS For those of you who've forgot or misplaced the
password, here it is.
(Please, please keep it confidential.)
PSS On the near horizon. I've been exploring some new
software that allows me to stuff all 600+ pages of the
cyber-book into a program you can download on to your
computer's hard drive. That means if you like what you've
been getting, you'll have instant access to every page of
the entire book. No more waiting to get on-line or
wasting time waiting for one of my infamous monster-sized
pages to download across the ever more crowded web. This
should be available sometime this Fall.
Of course, that means all of this has to be good enough,
and well written
enough, with tons of graphics, animations and
illustrations for you to want it. That's where you can
help me. Please send any suggestions or comments -
constructive, critical, scathing - I welcome them all.
Questions about technique, staying motivated, notices
about other great sites, can be addressed in the
e-communiqué and ultimately reflected in the lessons.
Your feedback directs me - it gives me the critical
information I need to make this worth your while.