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In the summer of 2010, David Shipley, the editor of the New York Times OpEd page, asked me to write a series of columns on the subject of drawing for the online edition of the newspaper. He envisioned them instructing readers on the most fundamental aspects of drawing and then moving on to more advanced elements of the skill.

As he succinctly put it, "Teach me to draw, Jim!"

I'm not sure I ever succeeded in teaching David Shipley to draw, but I did go on to write and illustrate twelve weekly columns beginning on September 24 th , 2010.

Here are the twelve columns on drawing, just as they appeared in the Times.

September 16, 2010
Phantom Skill
September 23, 2010
The Frisbee of Art
September 30, 2010
Hatching the Pot
October 7, 2010
The Beagle Banishes
October 14, 2010
Mother Nature Decoded
October 21, 2010
The Shadow Knows
October 28, 2010
The Three Amigos
November 4, 2010
Plumbing in the Head
November 11, 2010
Drawing Funny
November 18, 2010
The Chain of Energy
November 25, 2010
Strategies to Get You There
December 2, 2010
The Road to 'Ten Unknowns'