DoriAnn Haskins

I started drawing in highschool - I asked a friend of mine "how'd you do that?!?" and he told me & loaned me one of his favorite books. I took it and ran with it - been practicing ever since, with varrying degrees of success. Right now, I'm experimenting with some new techniques - mostly with looking for ways to get more color into my work. Color looks so nice, but it's so hard to do still... I'll probably end up experimenting my way into a real mess several more times before I really get the hang of it. That's OK though - it's a fun kind of mess, and sometimes things turn out. Mostly by accident still, but I'll take what I can get. Some of my favorite drawing books (in no particular order) are: How to Draw Fantastic Drangons and Fantasy Creatures by J "NeonDragon" Peffer Drawing Faeries: A believer's guide by Christopher Hart How to Draw and Paint Fairies by Linda Ravenscroft - this one is still so new that I haven't tried much with it, but it's definitely on my list of things to draw and then upload. She's got some great suggestions on the details - clothing, environment, backgroung - which is all stuff that I struggle with, so I'm excited to work with this book. Anatomy: A complete guide for Artists by Joseph Sheppard - I've needed an anatomy book for a long time... muscles and proportion are some of my weakest spots. This one is also brand new. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards - this was the 1st book I ever bought, on the recommendation of a friend of mine - James Fullmer. Wow... can he draw & paint!! When I first asked him "how's you do that?!?" (in about 1995-1996) he gave me some tips on how an artist sees the world and he loaned me this book. Been practicing ever since. Constructive Anatomy by George Bridgman