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Jesse’s new 4×4 wheelchair – here it is!

Hello all, sorry so long since last newsletter, ‘hectic’ is the word!

Firstly, we hope you enjoy these photos of Jesse in the new 4×4 wheelchair which was made possible by sales of Jesse’s calendar, drawings and private contributions.  It looks like he needs more sunscreen!

A HUGE ‘thank-you’ to all!

A huge thank-you to all who have purchased or made some other contribution.  The response to Jesse’s mouth drawing products has been truly amazing.

To those who now have one of Jesse’s calendars – we hope you like the calendar/s as much as he enjoys the chair!

4x4 wheelchair on beach
Jesse taking his 4×4 wheelchair for a ‘spin’.

NoLimbs drawing makes Trademe’s ‘Top 10’ for 2013!

It’s official; one of Jesse’s mouth drawn VW pictures was rated as Trademe’s 8th most viewed listing for 2013 with over 45,000 views! See the NZ Herald article here.

 

Whats coming up in 2014?

2014 will bring a few more products to the ‘NoLimbs’ range;  an option of high quality prints on canvas, and the mouth-art T-shirt range being increased.

More drawings are also on the way thanks to Jesse’s diligent contributions – keep your eye on the website!

Don’t forget the small gift-cards and postcards already on the website, they’re really snazzy – view the gift-card range here!

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Learning to draw by mouth

learn to draw - vespa in progress

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw, or maybe even how to draw by mouth?  See these tips on how to learn to draw, from one who knows how, and draws entirely by mouth!

Most of this info applies whether you are drawing by mouth, or using your hand (or foot) if you have these.

How to draw by mouth – Jesse’s drawing tutorial.

  • Firstly, get a pencil from somewhere!
  • Then some paper. Preferably a blank piece, or if not, turn it over 🙂

Now seriously, this is where it gets techo;

Location Points

A good drawing is in the middle of the page, not in one corner, so if need be, make a few location points (small marks on the page),  these will help the drawing to end up central on the paper.

 

Drawing the Outline

Learn to draw - Escort in progress

Do the outline first, if it has a prominent outline. (but I don’t always do this)

location points come in handy. More marks for a start makes for an easier sketch. As you do the out-lined parts, you must remember to keep them in proportion, which is where the location points come in handy.

Adding the detail

Next, try to do all the definite lines and darkest points, but not too hard, as sometimes, (and quite often) you may need to rub them out!

Now, if things are starting to look a bit pear-shaped, don’t give up, as this is about ‘learning how to draw’, NOT being a pro first up! 🙂

Keep your eye regularly on the object you’re drawing, so you’re not making it up. If it’s not on the photo you’re looking at, don’t draw it.  Sounds like common sense right? Yep, it is.

As you get a good way on, stand back occasionally and see how it’s looking.  At this point, it’s quite rewarding, as it’s actually looking quite good!!

Finished drawing

 

Shading the drawing

Next comes the shading. If you’re sketching a photo or print, black and white is the best, as colour pictures for beginners is harder.

Shade your drawing as you see it, if it’s dark, do it dark, if it’s light, do it light. The shading will make or break the result.

If you would like to use different pencils, feel free. (I only ever use one)

When you’re finished, hopefully you’re happy with it, and get going on another one…

If it’s not perfect, great!  It’s not meant to be, it’s an original by you!

Finished drawing - the Ford Escort

A few tips for those attempting to draw by mouth;

  • Don’t eat at the same time.
  • Try not to yell, or even talk too much.
  • Dribbling is easy to do, so try not to. (this happens to me a bit) Have a tissue or something ready)
  • Keep level headed; if possible!
  •  Go for it.
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How Mouth Art Web-log (blog) Works

For users that are not familiar with how a ‘blog’ works, we thought it might help to explain the basics; this should help you to effectively use our NZ mouth artists ‘blog’; ‘No Limbs’!

(For those that are interested, you will see the word Mouth Artists and Mouth Artist pretty regularly, as this helps to improve our search engine rankings so that Jesse can sell his drawings to a wide global audience. We may also use the term, foot and mouth painting, as this is a commonly used term for people searching for art drawn by mouth or foot)

What is a Web-log (blog), and why use one for our NZ Mouth Artists site?

Many websites now have a ‘blog’ component, this is primarily because readers usually find the regular updates interesting and this helps to keep visitors coming back to the site.

A ‘Blog’ also provides a opportunity for readers to provide feedback to the writer and site designer on the content and what else they would like to see.

 

The main components of a blog

Posts – The only thing that really makes a blog different from a ‘normal’ website, is the flow of regular updates in the form of ‘Posts‘.  On this Mouth Art website, the posts are all published on our news and updates page.

Comments – Most web-log sites allow readers to place comments on posts, which is often where the most interesting reading comes from!  Often many pages on a website like this, will allow users to make a comment, so please leave a comment on THIS post, to show you have got the idea 🙂

We have had a huge response on our  Comments Page in the form of positive feedback for Jesse for his mouth art drawings.  We have also had tremendously encouraging feedback on individual mouth art products by way of reviews.

Names – It is never a good idea to leave you full name on a blog, please use only your first name or a psuedonym.  

Emails – Most blogs require you to leave an email address to prove your authenticity, and may email you if there is a reply to your comment.  Always ensure that your email only goes in the ’email’ section, never in the ‘name’ section.

Pages – These are of course necessary so that the site as a whole is navigable and has structure.  Pages can be used to display posts and/or comments on different subjects. For Jesses NZ mouth artist website, we have a page for general comments and have recently added a page for drawing suggestions.

 

Mouth Art Blog Summary

The best way to learn how to use a blog, is to get started.  So try this…

View our Mouth Art Articles here 

Open an individual article by clicking the heading or title

Then… make a comment on an article of your choice…

(Try scrolling to the bottom of this one first… and make a comment!)

 

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Gifts and Promotional Items – Drawn by Foot and Mouth

Support NZ mouth artist Jesse by purchasing some of his fantastic pencil drawings.  Feel free to suggest other items or ideas for mouth drawn art.

Foot and Mouth Painting

Many businesses and families are regular supporters of foot and mouth painters.  Gift cards, wall art, calendars, gift tags and other such products are drawn by foot and/or mouth and used as gifts and promotional items.

Consider a mouth art calendar as a gift for your children or grand-children this year. Jesses calendars are truly inspiring for young and old alike.  The perseverance and effort that is seen in every picture inspires us all to reach for our best!