How would you like your drawing skills to increase without frustration?
Has this ever happened to you? You sit down to do something, and you get so absorbed in it that when you look up, hours have passed and you feel like you've been meditating.
If you have, you've experience "flow state" otherwise known as "being in the zone." Flow state can be reached in many different ways doing many different things. Sports is one way.
Drawing is another.
There's a reason why artists draw. It's not just the reward of creating something, it's not just the kudos from friends that think the drawing is great, it's not just the joy of having the skills to draw what you want, although all those things are reasons artists draw.
But the reason little kids draw, and the reason those kids who stuck with it are now drawing today, is because at some point, they got addicted to reaching flow state as they drew.
This is why drawing has so many mental health benefits. It puts you in a state of peace outside yourself. And then when you're done, you have a drawing to show for it.
The problem--reaching flow isn't easy.
There's a delicate balance that must be reached to get into flow when drawing. If the drawing task is too easy, it's boring and you don't reach flow. If the drawing is too difficult then you get frustrated and quit. BUT if the drawing is just tough enough to challenge your skills but it's still doable, then POW, you're in flow.
If you've been struggling to create a habit out of drawing, it's probably because you haven't reached flow state nearly enough when you draw. You've probably found it to be too challenging and frustrating and so you quit, or just too easy and found it boring.
So how does one go about reaching flow every time in order to create a drawing habit?
Have You Missed Out?
Well, I've talked about all of this in the last three e-mails I've sent out. You can read them here:
How Drawing is like Playing Video Games (about Flow State)
How to create a Drawing Habit
Draw Chi (Illuminated Draw Fu)
Here's How You Can Reach Flow and be Able to Create a Drawing Habit
Today I'm launching my answer to the problem in The Drawing Website Shop
The Draw Fu Acolyte Bundle
is everything you need to start drawing and create a drawing habit. Here's what you get:
- A signed print copy of: The Art of Draw Fu: Beginners Level - Not only is this all the basic information you need to get you started drawing, but I'll also draw a sketch of a Draw Fu characters in it for you. (MSRP $25)
- A Canson 9x12 sketchbook - Great quality spiral bound sketchbook. I use Canson sketchbooks all the time. I'll draw a Homer Simpson in it for you to get you started. (MSRP $23)
- A 9x12 tracing paper pad - This is especially handy if you don't have any around the house. I often suggest using tracing paper in my book. I give you a pad so you don't have to go out and get one. (MSRP $6.65)
- A Color Wheel - Instead of using my book as a color wheel guide, I pack a special one in for you. It comes with instructions on how to use. It instructs you about color mixing, values, color, hues, intensity, tint, tone, shades, neutral grays, primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors, warm colors and many other things. REALLY HANDY. (MSRP $6.29)
- A free "Keep Calm, I know Draw Fu" Pen - A ballpoint pen to use when going field sketching. ($2 value)
- A free "Keep Calm, I know Draw Fu" magnet - A little something fun to stick on your fridge as reminder of your new drawing skills ($5 value)
- and a FREE DVD copy of Zentangle with Suzanne McNeill CZT. - This is the DVD that made me become aware of the Illuminated Art movement that I've adopted and now dub Draw Chi. This is the perfect DVD to compliment the The Art of Draw Fu: Beginners Level book. Once you finish reading the book, this is the perfect next step. In the DVD you will learn: 1. The basics of drawing an illuminated design, called a "tangle." 2. What more advance "tangles" look like. 3. Some really handy marker coloring tips. 4. The plethora of uses that these designs can be used for (Journals, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, greeting cards, tiles...etc) (MSRP $30)
The total MSRP for the bundle is: $97.94, but your investment is $60 + $5 shipping (Sorry, no shipping outside of the U.S. for now).
If you don't want a bundle for yourself or happy with what you have, buy one of these for someone you know that would like to learn to draw. This will blow their minds.
Okay, so what if your a bit strapped for cash? I can understand that. It's a bad economy. Only thing is, you will miss out on some good stuff here.
That said, I DO have a bundle that requires a smaller investment. You can always go with The Draw Fu Beginner's Bundle
, which contains:
- A signed print copy of: The Art of Draw Fu: Beginners Level - I'll still draw a sketch of a Draw Fu characters in it for you. (MSRP $25)
- A Reflexions 8 1/2x11 spiral sketchbook - Good quality spiral bound sketchbook. Slightly cheaper than the Canson but a good starter sketchbook. Sorry, no Simpsons sketch on this one. (MSRP $18)
- A 9x12 tracing paper pad - Still handy to have around (MSRP $6.65)
- A FREE "Keep Calm, I know Draw Fu" magnet - ($5 value)
Total MSRP $54.65. Your investment is $40 + $5 shipping (Sorry, no shipping outside of the U.S. for now).
It doesn't have the bonus DVD but you can always keep an eye on this newsletter for some Draw Chi designs.
And if that's still too much, you can always simply buy the print copy of The Art of Draw Fu: Beginners Level
all by itself. Only, if you buy it through The Drawing Website Shop instead of Amazon or Barnes and Nobles, you get a signed copy with a Draw Fu character sketch in it, drawn by me.
It's an even smaller investment of $25 + $2 shipping (Sorry, no shipping outside of the U.S. for now.)
I'm PERSONALLY sending out each one of the bundles above. I'm putting them together myself and sending them to you. The bundles are more of a personal statements from me, than some cold e-store bought thing.
If that's STILL too much, Barnes and Nobles
, have the print book at a discount.
Don't Take My Word For It. See For Yourself
The Illuminated Draw Fu movement is really big and it's easy for anyone to get into. If you don't believe me just type in "Zentagle" on the search bar on Facebook. Tons of groups will pop up dedicated to the movement. All those people are NOT pros. They're just everyday people who can draw these simple designs.
You can also Google the word "Zentagle" and see for yourself. It's crazy.
Supplies May Be Limited (not sure yet)
Now, I will say, I only have a limited about of these bundles. Again, let me remind you that I'm personally putting together and sending out each and every bundle.
I have to special order all the things that go into each bundle. The place I get my supplies seems to run out of stock on some of this stuff and they don't seem to be able to resupply. I honestly don't know how long I'll be able to sell these bundles. I put this stuff together at my home and once the supplies can't be ordered anymore, that's it.
So it would be very wise, if you're going to invest in a bundle, to do it now while I can still get the supplies.
So there you have it.
But I also promised Zentagle product links
Go to this link on The Drawing Website shop
and you will find links to all the beginner Zentangle books worth buying.