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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Middle School Drawing class
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Lindsey Foushee

on 23 August 2015

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Transcript of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

YOUR HISTORY AS AN ARTIST
AGE 1 -1.5:
SCRIBBLING STAGE
AGE 3:
SYMBOL STAGE
AGE 4:
AWARENESS
OF DETAILS
AGES 4-5:
PICTURES TELL
STORIES
AGES 5-6:
INTRODUCTION
TO THE LANDSCAPE
AGES 9-10:
ATTEMPTED
REALISM
SYMBOL SYSTEM

HINDERS YOUR ABILITY TO DRAW
GETTING AROUND YOUR

timeline
r/l brain
getting around your symbol system

CRISIS PERIOD
YOUR INCREASINGLY COMPLEX PERCEPTIONS OF THE WORLD
DON'T ALIGN WITH YOUR CURRENT ARTISTIC SKILL LEVEL
YOUR SYMBOL SYSTEM
DRAWING upside down
DRAWING NEGATIVE SPACE
BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING
Middle School Art Class
- "I used to be able to draw"- no longer progressing so no longer fun
- Oftentimes self-criticism that arises at this stage becomes permanent
"I can't even draw
a stick figure"


dyspictoria, dysartistica : drawing disability
dyslexia : reading disability ::
= CONFLICT BETWEEN THE VERBAL
AND VISUAL SIDES OF YOUR BRAIN
Set aside your verbal categorizing and turn your full attention to what you are perceiving
* FOCUS ON details and how parts make up a whole
Dispelling the belief that drawing is a "magical ability"
You cannot NOT DRAW, you just do not know what to look for or "how to see"
Learn to see how an artist sees...
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE creative MODE
time is irrelevant
pay no attention to speech sounds
no need to decode information
relaxed, calm, capable of doing the task at hand
Force yourself to make the cognitive shift by providing your left mode with something that it has never seen before
Experience the "mental crunch"
face/vase exercise: associating words with images can actually make drawing harder. Look for new strategies to improve you drawing that do not include words or speech.
Igor Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso
In creative mode, the artist is able to see what they’re drawing as a series of angles and shapes
Our preconceived notions block us from seeing what’s right in front of us. We're too concerned about what a leg, a chair, etc. should look like...
RIGHT SIDE of the brain
DRAWING ON THE
One of the most used techniques for right-brain sketching is to draw
negative space
That is, to draw the space around your subject, rather than your subject itself
The only way to draw an accurate hand is to forget about what a hand "should" look like, and how hard or easy you think it already is to draw.
"When artists draw, I believe they are making judgments and decisions at that same lightning speed as the athlete hitting a ball
Their thought process has to be non-verbal because of the countless calculations made in a split-second’s time." - Betty Edwards
other drawing techniques
Blind Contour: The artist looks extremely carefully and draws every contour, or edge of the subject without looking at their paper
drawing using a grid
"Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see—to see correctly—and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye."
— Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw,1941

First published in 1979

Drawing is a global or "whole" skill, requiring only a limited set of basic components
Key principle of the book:
"Drawing is a curious process, so intertwined with seeing that the two can hardly be separated..."






SEEING THE WAY AN ARTIST SEES
tilt/direction of head
facial features in
silhouette
perspective of the room


Copy it easier by drawing it upside down so that your handwriting doesn't impact the final product
Signature = a random assortment of lines
Drawing what you THINK intead of drawing what you SEE
You draw this, when you want to draw...
...this!
observe angles
observe how things line up
Use your pencil as a guide
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