February Drawing Month update

Okay, well, as I finished my last post about drawing, I’d just gotten up to the first upside-down drawing exercise I did, where I copied somebody else’s pencil sketch by turning it upside down and uncovering it a bit at a time. The idea of this, according to Betty Edwards, is to confuse your literate and specific left brain by drawing something that it can’t assign a label to, so that your right brain is free to draw what you actually see.

When I started off February drawing month, I started off with several more upside down drawings. First, one that I think really came out well, was of a horsey:

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I didn’t mean to have the head and tail go off the edge of the page like that – I’m still having some issues with judging distances, so I ran out of room. Still – nice horsey! The next one was a horse and rider, and I’m not so wild about it:

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There was a lot of shading in the original, but I wasn’t quite sure how to get a light touch with the shading and not have it overwhelm the solid edges. Possibly the fact that I was using a mechanical pencil didn’t help. Third was a seated woman:

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You might remember this one from the post about the scanner that didn’t work well. I think there are a few things that didn’t come together as well as I’d like them, but the perspective of her legs and her face were nice!

After doing these exercises, I started a new chapter in Betty’s book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’, talking about the development of drawing styles as children grow up. I spotted one line that had the makings of a spot exercise in them, in the section talking about the earliest stage, scribbling in infancy:

“A circular movement is a natural movement–more so, for instance, than the arm movements required to draw a square. Try both on a piece of paper, and you’ll see what I mean.”

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Forgive the uneven background – I accidentally drew on the back of a Ticketmaster ticket printout instead of a fresh piece of unused paper. 🙂 So I kinda see what Betty means; starting a circle is very natural. It’s keeping the arc constant and having it come out even that’s tough. I didn’t find drawing the square much less natural on any level, though.

So, that’s the first few days of my drawing month. I’ll share some more with you real soon!


3 Responses to February Drawing Month update

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Not bad! You’re definitely showing improvement and that you have some artistic ability.

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  2. newdayrisingisnotavailable says:

    BLOG CHALLENGE from Fantasy Writer Guy!

    Hi Chris, Nice horse!
    Too many young people are packing up their instruments because they perceive that musical pursuits are in conflict with more legitimate career pursuits, or otherwise losing sight of their musical dreams. Too many beautiful songs will not get written! Please help me try to change that:

    Please blog about the most meaningful musical experience you’ve had in your life; an event, song, album, band or concert perhaps. Maybe it was music of your own creation. Anything in the realm of music which changed you or inspired you or was very special in some way: Your own proof that music is a positive and vital part of the human experience.

    Please include the following links in your post so that your readers may also have the opportunity to participate!

    or email: newday.rising@live.com

    Thank you for considering this challenge!


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