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Question: J.L. writes: I am beginner in drawing, with no drawing skills and still in High School. How do I improve my observation skills through drawing?

Answer: Thanks for getting in touch with the Drawing Society of Canada. Drawing can be a formidable task when you just start out, but when I was in highschool ( in the early sixties )
and wanted to draw, there was no other way but to draw, draw, draw. Get yourself a decent sketchbook and draw everything in the house, around town, and begin simple, with graphite pencils. I like to use the range of H, B, 2B, and 4B. Pen and ink is also a good medium to experiment with. Don't draw big - just small sketches to allow your eye/hand coordination to develop. Then get yourself some books on drawing from the library as well as books
about master artists and their drawings. At some point in time you may have to decide whether you want to pursue formal art education. Aso check local arts councils and art clubs where membership can be a source of encouragement. However, through it all, make sure you enjoy drawing. Drawing is a rewarding and very beautiful form of artistic expression, and those who master its skills are special.
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