“Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.” -Robert Motherwell

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Background: Like most people, I loved to draw as a kid; but I got frustrated with my drawings around the age of twelve, so I stopped trying. In March of 2003 I decided to give it another shot.

My copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain arrived and within a week my drawings improved drastically. That’s not a testament to my skill as an artist, but to the author’s ability to teach others how to draw.

I’m a bit reluctant to show these, but I think of the times when I’ve been encouraged to see how someone else got to where they are today… The author has everyone draw a self-portrait at the beginning of the book and then another at the end so you can chart your progress. Below is my “before and after.” The second picture was drawn seven days after the first.

Self Portrait BeforeSelf Portrait After

Enter the Drafting Table