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Starting Art June 2009 Edition
June 29, 2009

Issue #24 - June 2009

Hi,

Welcome to the May/June 2009 issue of Starting Art!

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Now I know many of you have been asking about Starting Art because we didn't have an issue in May, but I've been working on writing (and drawing & painting!) a FREE Watercolour Secrets e-book in response to a huge demand from so many of you.

This complements the Watercolour Secrets DVD course which continues to be enormously successful. Hopefully it will give those of you who haven't yet been able to purchase it an insight into what you can look forward to in the DVD Course - and for those of you who have got your hands on Watercolour secrets already, you can add the e-book to the list of bonus materials you already have, alongside the DVDs.

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and you can find details of how to get your FREE e-book in item 1 below.

Best wishes,

Bob.


*** CONTENTS ***

1. Free E-Book - 'Watercolour Secrets'

2. Quick Tip - Keep Dirty Brushes Out of the Way - But Close By...

3. I Draw and Paint Featured Group - Botanical and Floral

4. Video Tutorial - Apples in Oil

5. Video Tutorial - Pastel Pencil Horse

6. Art Materials Review - Easy Draw




1. FREE E-Book - 'Watercolour Secrets'

Here's what I've been working on for a good while now. It's a FREE, downloadable e-book that I hope youll find helpful, whether or not you've bought the DVD Course yet.

To get your copy, go to the link below. Just follow the instructions carefully, especially if you have a slower internet connection. Once you've downloaded it, I recommend you print it and put it in a folder or binder of some sort so you can have it next to you for easy reference.

Click here to get to your FREE copy and Enjoy!

Note: The Watercolour Secrets DVD course is currently sold out but we will be releasing is again within the next 2 weeks. We expect it to sell out within a week so if you are interetsed in getting a copy, please follow my blog at:

www.watercoloursecrets.com/blog


2. Quick Tip - Keep Dirty Brushes Out of the Way - But Close By...

This is a neat tip to keep brushes loaded with paint handy for re-use but out of harm's (and your clothes!) way.

Click here to see this helpful idea.


3. I Draw and Paint Featured Group - Botanical and Floral

Interested in painting flower and botanical subjects and sharing ideas with like-minded artists? Look no further!

Click here to find out more


4. Video Tutorial - Apples in Oil

This Apples in Oil video shows you how to produce a simple oil sketch, starting with the composition in charcoal, then a simple under-painting and on through to the completed work. It's an ideal exercise because it can help you produce a satisfying little piece without getting too involved in creating a full-blown finished painting.

Click here to see how it's done....


5. Pastel Pencil Horse

As many of you know, I'm not a huge fan of speed videos as teaching method, especially for beginners. However, I saw this video on one a member's page on our Community site I Draw and Paint and I thought the outcome was amazing.

Click here for the video


6. Art Materials Review - Easy Draw

I recently came across this neat little device aimed at helping artists to simply and accurately, copy an image onto their drawing paper. The Easy Draw takes the concept of the well known method of using a pencil grid to copy an image, a stage further by the clever use of 2 strong clear plastic A4 size folders.

One is printed with squares (the grid folder) into which you insert the picture that you want to copy. The other folder (the template) has squares cut out in an identical grid formation, so that when you insert your drawing paper, you simply note the key points on the photo and draw the relevant lines on your paper in the corresponding cut-out squares, later joining up the small gaps left by the plastic grid.

It's actually easier to do than describe, so I suggest you go to the Easy Draw website and see for yourself:-

http://www.easy-draw.co.uk

Having read the simple instructions, I found the system very easy to use. I quickly produced an accurate outline of a man's face including the main features and then a fairly complex old building, getting the perspective correct first time.

Yes OK, I have a bit of experience, but I'm sure it will help anyone who is a bit hesitant over getting their drawing correct and also to more experienced artists who need to get an image down quickly.

I thought initially that the A4 format would be a limitation to pictures of that size. However, if you have an A4 size image that is offset from the centre of a larger drawing so you can get that part of your drawing paper in the template, then the Easy Draw will still work. Additionally, you could draw any number of images onto cheap drawing paper up to A4 size, then trace these down onto a much larger piece of (say) watercolour paper if you want to.

You can even enlarge or reduce images by using the different sized square printed on the grid folder. It also does away with you having to measure out (and later rub out - if you can!) unsightly grid lines on your drawing paper.

It's actually easier to do than describe, so I suggest you go to the Easy Draw website and see for yourself:-

http://www.easy-draw.co.uk

At 9.95 plus p&p, available world-wide. A very useful device and both lightweight and compact. Thoroughly recommended and needless to say, I've no connection with this company other than as a reviewer of their product.


That's it for this issue. Best wishes and see you next time.

Bob.

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