How to Get Started

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> What to draw? What to draw? ^ Picking your paper ^ Making arrangements ^ Seeing, siting, and sketching ^ You're on your way!

In order to really see, to see ever deeper, ever more intensely, hence to be fully aware and alive, that I draw what the Chinese call "The Ten Thousand Things" around me. Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world.

—Frederick Frank, The Zen of Seeing, (New York: Vintage/Random House, 1973).

Yikes, now what? All set up and nowhere to go? No worries here, let's just pick an object or two and begin to draw. You've got to start somewhere. Look around your world and rediscover it—after all, it's where you're most likely to find things you want to draw.

Your house is full of choices, from simple to extremely challenging. You want to start simply because choosing, arranging, composing on the page, seeing, and drawing will keep you busy enough for now.

Begin with a leisurely stroll through your house. Look at it as you never have before, really seeing the things that are there. Think about how objects might look together, like that antique vase you inherited from your great aunt or that postmodern Italian clock left over from your last relationship. Sometimes the simplest objects can make the most interesting compositions.

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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