Although I was happy about my first attempt at drawing I realized very quickly that I needed proper instruction. There’s a difference between copying what you see and really knowing what to do, why you do it, how to achieve a certain kind of effect etc. I wanted some lessons. One day in April I was strolling down a street in Edmonds and stopped at Cole Gallery. Looking around I came across a flyer advertising classes and workshops. One of them was “Experimenting with Drawing” with Joe Mac Kechnie. It was a very good class. I got a great overview over all the basics of drawing with pencil, charcoal and ink. Joe is a very knowledgable and patient teacher. We learned about light, shadows and values in drawings, negative space, line drawing and more. Here are three of my value/light studies.