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Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun by Carla Sonheim

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UNIT 1

Inspired by Animals

ANIMALS ENRICH US in so many ways . . . the facial expression of an irritated house cat or the sheer bulk of a hippo inspires and nurtures our souls. For me, creating my own menagerie of animals has a similar soul-healing effect.

In this unit you will draw from life, from photo references, and from your imagination. Drawing from life is always preferable, but many people do not have easy access to a lion or a bear. Start collecting pages of animals that interest you, torn from magazines or newspapers. It’s best to find imagery that is fairly generic—you just want to get information about the appearance of the animals at this point, rather than picking photos for their compositional values.

The more you draw from life ...

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