DAY 21 - HOW TO BE AN ARTIST / by Debra Matlock

Lesson 7: Develop Forms of Practice

For instance, on the subway, while waiting or sitting around, practice drawing your own hands. Lots of hands on the same page, hands over other hands. Other people’s hands, if you want to. You can draw other parts of your body that you can see, too. But you have to look and then describe with your pencil or pen what you see. Don’t make it up! Mirrors are fine, even if you want to draw only where your cheek turns into your mouth. Play with different scales, make things bigger, smaller, twisted.

(from Jerry Saltz’s How to Be an Artist)


At first I was just going to draw my mouth, but then I kept going with this ugly but fairly accurate no makeup drawing of me the the mirror.