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Why This Website is Here

I created this website years ago when I taught classical drawing skills.  My interest in visual thinking processes eventually led me to become a hypnotherapist: using the visual mind to heal.  I now practice in Brittany, France (for the curious:  www.yourvisualmind.com).

Yet many of my How to Draw Journey subscribers were in developing countries or lived on retirement incomes.  Over the years I received many grateful emails from those without the financial means, physical capacity or geographical location to take beginner drawing lessons.

I have decided to leave the content, lessons and e-books free and available for anyone who desires a simple introduction to drawing - about 8000 visitors a month and about 5000 subscribers. I also remain available to provide guidance or feedback to anyone subscribing to the lessons - just bear in mind that I also am a hypnotherapist now, so it may take me a day or two to get back to you.  But I will get back to you. 

However, the cost of 120-page website and a system to deliver lessons comes to over 700 euros annually, which is a lot for a country hypnotherapist. :-) 

Therefore...If you feel you have gained from what is here and would like to help others around the world to have this introduction to basic drawing skills, your contribution in any amount to you think right would be gratefully welcomed.  For any donation over 50 euros I will send a drawing grid with my gratitude; I no longer offer them for sale.  

E-Book Drawing Manuals

How To Draw Journey: Learn to Draw In 10 Minutes A Week

Six months of bite-size weekly lessons to gradually introduce complete beginners to realistic drawing skills.  No "talent" required. 

Each lesson is written for busy people, calling for about 10 minutes of work a week.

Readers are also invited to submit their work to me for free feedback, via the contact page.

Download "Learn to Draw in 10 Minutes a Week" for free


If you wish to contribute to making the content on this website continuing to be available for those worldwide who otherwise cannot afford any kind of drawing instruction, please click on the button below.

For contributions of 50 euros or more, I will happily send you a drawing grid of your choice (see descriptions below), with my thanks; in this case please be sure to provide a postal address and the grid you wish.

How To Draw Journey: Buying Your First Art Supplies and Setting Up

When you have no idea of what art supplies you need to buy to get started drawing and you just don’t believe the shop assistant when she says you need to spend a fortune – well, help is on the way. I give you a description of all the basic tools and materials, along with a precise (and short) shopping list. I name brands and specify types and sizes. I also tell you how to set up your workspace and describe the good habits to get into to get you off to the right start.

Download "Buying Your First Art Supplies and Setting Up" for free


If you wish to contribute to making the content on this website continuing to be available for those worldwide who otherwise cannot afford any kind of drawing instruction, please click on the button below.

For contributions of 50 euros or more, I will happily send you a drawing grid of your choice (see descriptions below), with my thanks; in this case please be sure to provide a postal address and the grid you wish.

How To Draw Journey: Grid Drawing

To my knowledge, my book on grid drawing is the most complete description out there of how grids came into being, the different types of grids that exist, and how to use them to best advantage and for what purpose. I set out to answer all the questions that I had been unable to get answers for myself. Grids are a great tool, and no, they are not a crutch. If they were good enough for Dürer and Van Gogh, well, they’re good enough for us.

Download "Grid Drawing" for free


If you wish to contribute to making the content on this website continuing to be available for those worldwide who otherwise cannot afford any kind of drawing instruction, please click on the button below.

For contributions of 50 euros or more, I will happily send you a drawing grid of your choice (see descriptions below), with my thanks; in this case please be sure to provide a postal address and the grid you wish.

How To Draw Journey: Perspective Drawing

There are certain facts about drawing in perspective that have been forgotten over time, so that today they have virtually become secrets. I lay it out for you, with my own research and translation of Renaissance documents, putting it in terms that make it easy to understand, and not overwhelming you with the details. Many students have told me that they never understood how perspective drawing worked until reading this material.

Download "Perspective Drawing" for free


If you wish to contribute to making the content on this website continuing to be available for those worldwide who otherwise cannot afford any kind of drawing instruction, please click on the button below.

For contributions of 50 euros or more, I will happily send you a drawing grid of your choice (see descriptions below), with my thanks; in this case please be sure to provide a postal address and the grid you wish.


Drawing Grids

If you wish to contribute to making the content on this website continuing to be available for those worldwide who otherwise cannot afford any kind of drawing instruction, please click on the button below.

For contributions of 50 euros or more, I will happily send you a drawing grid of your choice (see descriptions below), with my thanks; in this case please be sure to provide a postal address and the grid you wish.

The “Dürer” Drawing Grid

Dürer's illustration of himself at work using a drawing grid to draw his subject.  Notie the grid consisting of a series of squares.

A modern interpretation of Dürer’s drawing grid, created in light, portable acrylic, inked with both vertical and horizontal black lines forming squares. Ideal when you are  working in detail or where extremely precise lines are important.

16.5 cm x 22.5 cm (6 ½ in by 8 ¾ in)


The “Van Gogh” Drawing Grid

Van Gogh's illustration of the grid he had made up by a blacksmith with iron spikes for setting it up in the field. Note the diagonals.

A contemporary version of Van Gogh’s drawing grid, here in light, easy-to-carry acrylic, inked with black vertical and horizontal cross-hairs, and grey diagonal cross-hairs. Good for giving yourself guidelines, but leaving room for you to train your eye as well. My personal favorite.

15 cm x 23 cm (6 in x 9 in)


The “Oeil-de-Vieux” Drawing Grid

An early drawing of a grid imposed on a landscape to locate the reliefs.  Note the eye in the middle over the horizon, indicating the artist's viewpoint.

The 17th century landscaper’s pocket grid, called an "oeil de vieux" ("old man’s eye") in French, here in nice and light acrylic. I find it handy for museum drawing, when you can't quite make out why your picture doesn’t look quite like the statue you see – pull out your "oeil de vieux" and see where the problems are immediately. Also good for landscapes ;-)

8 cm x 12.5 cm (3 ½ in x 5 in)


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