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What Does it Really Take to Improve Your Drawing and Painting Skills?

Learning to draw and paint can be a frustrating experience.

Believe me, I know. Eight years ago, I started teaching myself. I made a lot of mistakes.

Over the years, I learned that what you need more than anything else is an effective way to practise regularly and a structure to that practice.

To that end, I’ve put together the Creative Triggers Art Practice Community, a membership site for which there’s an affordable monthly fee.

Watch this short video to find out more:

Membership for Creative Triggers is $17 per month.

But your first month is only $1, so you get to try it for next to nothing.

Want to hear more about it?


Here’s what I have for you:

  • A collection of simple, focused exercises to build core skills like value control, drawing accuracy and picture design
  • A tried and tested method for establishing a daily practice habit
  • A forum where you can get feedback on your progress, keep yourself on track and share with other practising artists

Here’s what members say about it:

helga“Since I joined creative triggers I am more disciplined in practising drawing everyday. Even though I miss a day or two I never feel any pressure. Paul is very supportive and it is a lot of fun to converse with the community. The program allows you to keep track of your progress and see what other members are drawing is a definitely a plus.

The one thing that stands out for me is that I have built my self-confidence in drawing just about anything and doing it over and over again one has a chance of mastery.” – Helga

kay“The appeal for me was the assistance offered to challenge myself to draw every day – something I had dreamed of for many years but not been able to put into practice on my own. Paul’s system of support and encouragement through simple exercises made it possible.

The journey is made easier by sharing with others who are similarly working to improve their skills on a daily basis. This has had a wonderful effect on my confidence and attitude towards my artwork.” – Kay

Helen“The subtle way we learn the habit of drawing every day takes the pressure off. I have learned more about drawing in two months than in all the years I have been pursuing it.

The exercises seem simple but tend to draw you in and you learn something new almost every time you do them. Having other people to talk to that are going through the same thing as you is invaluable. I am very glad to be a part of this community. ” – Helen

Aurora“What really excited me was the idea of consciously forming a daily drawing habit using structured, basic, skill-building exercises. Drawing every day had been one of my goals for years, but I had never cultivated the discipline to keep it up. Since joining CT nearly three months ago, I’ve only missed a handful of days, and that thrills me.

Even if I only hit my trigger with a simple warmup like the Breathing Lines, drawing every day keeps art in the forefront of my mind, keeps me asking myself about my goals and dreams, how I need to grow, in what direction I want to move.” – Aurora

Barbara“Your course has given new life to my art at a time when I was looking for a new direction. I have had ups and downs with my art over the years and Creative Triggers has given me the opportunity to open new horizons. I have never dealt with the design aspect of art – I mistakenly thought that it belonged to craft. I am enjoying honing this part of my work and finding new directions.” – Barbara

I believe that the most effective way to grow artistically is to take the skills you need for specific areas of drawing and painting, for example value, and create exercises to practice them in isolation from everything else.

I call it “Structured Practice”, and it’s what’s helped me to overcome some of the difficulties in learning to draw, like value and drawing accuracy; how to create depth and a feeling of light and realism; how to judge and mix colour accurately.

Once I started to practice in a more focused, structured way, my work improved dramatically:

How do I know if it’s right for me?

Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • Do you really, really want to improve your drawing and painting? Enough to work at it?
  • Do you really believe that with diligent practice, you can improve?
  • Can you commit to drawing – at least a little – every day?
  • Will you have the patience to work regularly on simple, focused exercises in order develop your drawing skill?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of those, then it might be for you.

If, after your first month you find it’s not for you – if you have trouble committing to the daily practice (after all, life can get busy sometimes!) or just don’t get on with the exercises – then you can cancel I’ll refund your first month, no questions asked.

Best wishes,