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7 Days of Drawing

Join artist Patricia Watwood and start a daily drawing practice; all you need is a sketchbook and pencil.
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Overview

Just 20-30 minutes of drawing a day not only helps build your skills, but it also is a meditative, calming experience that can free your mind and open you up to new ideas. Join artist Patricia Watwood and start a daily drawing practice; all you need is a sketchbook and pencil.

About

Patricia Watwood
Patricia Watwood

INSTITUTION

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Patricia Watwood is an American figurative painter. She earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, where she later went on to teach, in addition to teaching workshops across the country. Her work has been exhibited at galleries worldwide and was included in the historic presentation of Contemporary American Realism in museums throughout China. Patricia's paintings focus on mythology, allegory and contemporary human life, and have twice graced the cover of American Artist magazine.

By This Expert

Just Begin

01: Just Begin

Join artist Patricia Watwood and start a daily drawing practice; all you need is a sketchbook and pencil.

17 min
Becoming a Better Observer

02: Becoming a Better Observer

Leave preconceptions behind as you create an observational drawing of a leaf. Begin with a contour drawing, and polish and refine it before finishing with watercolor accents. After that, see how to prepare a watercolor page in your sketchbook for a later project.

14 min
Cultivating Calm

03: Cultivating Calm

Discover the calming, joyful aspects of drawing as you create a volumetric drawing of a pear. Create a meditative practice through rendering, shading and building forms as you continue your daily habit.

16 min
Renewing Your Intention

04: Renewing Your Intention

Strengthen your voice and move through any fears or doubts while also building your skills. Create a personal piece using drawing, tracing and collage techniques. You'll be reminded of the reasons you wanted to start a drawing practice, and be motivated to continue.

9 min
Staying on Track

05: Staying on Track

Embrace resilience and the notion of turning negatives into positives as you learn the technique of subtractive modeling. After creating a toned surface, discover how to erase or pull out graphite to create whites. Then complete your piece with contour drawing and rendering.

15 min
Unexpected Places

06: Unexpected Places

Every new subject has something to teach you about seeing and drawing. Patricia excavates a junk drawer for interesting items, many with hard edges and defined shapes, great for technical drawing, with a specific focus on using measurements as you work.

13 min
Freedom in Imagination

07: Freedom in Imagination

Unleash your creative imagination! Using a mandala as a structure, Patricia shows you how to approach drawing in an improvisational way and reconnect with creative play.

11 min