When I first tried this in the workbook I found it very hard indeed. Then yesterday I was watching the play of shadows from the rowan tree on the wall in our bedroom and something shifted and clicked. An ‘aha moment’ I suppose but not a verbal one. I dived off to grab a sketch pad and when I got back- gone! The sun had shifted too! I tried to capture something of what I’d learned by drawing the negative spaces in the plants of the bedroom terrarium.
When you do the workbook version of this exercise you use a cunning trick to help you. The book comes with a sheet of acetate in a cardboard frame. It’s a bit flimsy so you really have to put more card behind it. Once you have this you place it in front of the thing you are going to draw and trace the basic outlines on with a dry wipe pen.
Once you have your basic outline you use the guidelines to help you transfer it to paper. The pages in the book already have printed guidelines so that makes it fairly straightforward. The outline on the acetate can be quickly wiped off with a bit of kitchen towel.
I used this method for the hand I blogged the other day and for some of the other suggestions in the book but I got really stuck when I got to the negative space bit. I just couldn’t seem to get my head round it. Oh, right, another ‘aha’ I was like this about the optical illusion too. These must be related to my way of seeing, maybe even to my mild dyslexia. Doh!
Hand holding an object. Less successful than the simple hand but still better than I expected.
A couple of creative bits today. The hand was a Drawing on the Right side of the Brain exercise that I finally finished. The watercolour is from my journal, might be an eye or the tail of a mermaid? I enjoyed making it anyway 🙂 The sketch of Andy is just from a scrap of notepaper. I did it the other day and I was quite pleased he actually recognised himself!
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain this week – been down so long it looks like up to me!
This week’s challenge was to copy a drawing upside down. The theory is that this bypasses the left brain language centre and allows you to draw just what you see. I rushed this a bit and ended up not very pleased with the result. Still I can see that it would have been harder to try to copy it the right way up. I’ll share both the horse and an earlier attempt at the exercise. The main thing that’s going on is getting the proportions wrong. My horse ended up more like The Old Grey Mare than the prancing colt of the original. Still there were moments when it worked and I’m keen to carry on.
Then turn it the right way up:
As well as these I thought I’d add the ones I did from the book before the challenge started:
You can click through if you want to see them in more detail.
While in Spain I went to Finsterre. This is a photo of the view looking out from the very tip of the Cape. It is totally unaltered(!) I took it partly because I knew we’d be doing something like this in the workshop. The words down the side are the names of the shipping areas. Three times a day BBC Radio 4 broadcasts a shipping forecast and it has done so all my life.
In 2002 they changed the name of the Finisterre region in the forecast to Fitzroy but the damage was done.