Drawing becomes a plus when you learn how to see
by Geraldine Fields
Richard Bonnington's Sketchbook
Not too easy to learn, but quite easy when you know how. Learning how to see and visualize becomes a breeze when you tap into your imaginative resources. We all know how to "doodle" which is basically drawing freely from our unconscious minds.
The doodling becomes free as it is not encumbered by any artistic quality. And the artist does not give a hoot what anyone else thinks about their drawing! This is the type of 'freedom' the mature artist has to improvise by putting a unique value on his or her characteristic lines.
For the beginning artist, it is best to improvise as much as possible or even doodle lines around the object to be drawn. It is too easy for one's drawing to be stultified by one's peers, teachers or by what the artist thinks himself. "Is this drawing really good enough?" is really a self-invalidation and unfortunately will show up in his drawing—overworked, no character and lifeless. So it is good to start off with the right mindset and this will come with enough practice.
If an object is familiar with the artist, he will create something quite presentable whereas if an object is little alien, he will not consider a professional approach and the attitude becomes "So what?" This attitude gradually fades as more experience is gained.
What I usually ask my students is to follow along with these few drawing exercises: Draw a few rectangles about 5 x 7 inches and place various objects in them; with rectangle. Number one; draw your interpretation of an explosion using lines or dots to capture the energy in the explosion.
Number Two; Draw two organic shapes and let them collide in space giving off smaller shapes either organic or 'known' shapes. There are many more exercises similar to these which gets the student to tap into his or her imagination. It is fun to do and the student really brightens up after doing these exercises.
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