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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The one secret of drawing.

"Tell me the secret I learn quickly".  I can not tell you the number of times I have heard that from people wanting to know the secret of how to draw.  So here it is. I hinted at it in my last post when I said I have drawn over 20,000 one minute drawing.

Peter Max
   Peter Max (of Beatles Yellow Submarine fame) said that his art   instructor  told him the secret to learning to draw was the to do least 100 drawings a day.

The fantastic illustrator and war artist John Groth  told me and his class that he hounded his instructor and even followed him home so that he would tell him the secret.  Finally the instructor said "look kid if you want to know the secret, never go to bed until you have done 100 drawings".  So there you have it. The secret to drawing is do 100 drawings a day.

Sure there a many other things to learn about drawing, but there are no short cuts, there are no tricks, it is just a matter of hard work. It is matter of putting in the time.  There is only one secret, and now you know it.  There is a lot that can be taught, but without the hard work all the teaching in the world won't help.

Up next we will look more closely at the elements of drawing one by one.

John Groth

John Groth
John Groth



  1. I like those drawings because it's something I cannot do....

  2. But you could if you draw enough.