What if you feel like you can't draw + favourite courses and books

Hi everyone, 

Welcome to post three in my 30 days of painting and drawing. Today I wanted to take some time to talk about courses and books I've enjoyed and what if you don't think you can draw? 

If you don't know what I'm even on about, you can catch up here and read what this is about.

Can anyone draw?

I thought I'd talk first about whether anyone can draw? Do you need any special skills or is this something someone could teach you? Well, I don't have any drawings I did as a kid to prove this but I could not draw. At all. Nope, not one bit, didn't even manage a decent square. 

Growing up has helped with that, fortunately. I 'm not one of those people who can draw a beautiful landscape (yet?) or a lifelike portrait.

Other than those things, drawing really is only putting together an image with different shapes.

They're rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles, really. You'll be able to see what I mean in the video.

Everyone has their own style as well.

Someone in my last live video asked about drawing (or painting) and what if you struggle with your hands? It depends but really, if you can hold a sharpie or another marker for 5-10 minutes and you can draw a pretty decent line, you can totally draw, yay!

My favourite courses and books for learning to draw and paint. 

Huge shoutout to Caroline Zook at madevibrant.com. She's definitely responsible for getting me to draw and paint. Her courses are so easy to follow and she's got a way of making it all feel very accessible. It definitely feels doable watching her lessons. Yay, Caroline!

You can take a look at her classes here. She's got a drawing course, one on abstract painting and one on hand lettering. Her classes range from $20 to $35 so they're very affordable, too.

Make sure to check out the video for a look at Caroline's courses.

Finally in this post let's look at some books, shall we? 

I've got two books that I've really enjoyed so far. 

The first one is The Big Book of Drawing by Flow magazine.

It's such a fun book filled with tutorials, a couple of articles on pencils, ink and different kinds of paper.

The tutorials are all really cute to draw as well. Yay! You can get it from their website (could be that it's sold in stores too but that depends on where you live) at flowmagazine.com

The second book is on handlettering.

It's called Creative Lettering and Beyond. It's by a couple of different authors. I'm not the biggest fan of some of the chapters. I think it's because it's by four different people. All chapters have a different feel and way of explaining depending on who wrote it.

That said, I've really enjoyed the chapters on handlettering and improving handwriting. They've really helped me practice my handlettering.

You can get the book on amazon.

That's it for today,

See you soon!


Courses and books mentioned in this post and video:


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