About learning how to draw

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Two years ago I started drawing. Like many other poeple I had given up drawing at the age of 11 or 12 because my drawing skills didn’t live up to my high expectations. Although I had always enjoyed drawing.
Then followed a very long time when I thought drawing was totally useless. Then I started to play around with Photoshop and Inkscape. I thought the future is digital, so I could just skip the whole paper, pencil and colors step.

Now I know this was wrong. I’m sure that I don’t even need to be able to draw 100% realistically. During the last two years I improved my drawing skills because I went to this life drawing course. I started to remember some kind of shortenings or symbols that help drawing the human body. For example even if you cant see the little dent below the neck or how the bones at the elbows meet, if u draw it, it helps making the drawing look realistic. And I was sure that if I know how the body is built, I must be able to draw it well.

Anyway I started to read “Drawing on the right side of the brain” by Betty Edwards. So far I have completed some excercises and I’m pretty shocked, that if you don’t know what you are drawing, you can copy it much better. Which is quite the opposite of what I have been doing these last 2 years. She also wrote about a different state of conscience you enter when you draw. I’m not yet sure I have experienced this. I just hope that my confusion about how to draw is gone when i finish the book.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

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    Hi there this post is very interesting. I’ll use it for my essay :). Can you comment me some related articles that I can read too?

    spitz
  1. Tilburg
  2. Und wie ist es weiter gegangen mit dem Zeichnen lernen mit Betty Edwards? Ich habe einige Jahre gebraucht mich durchs Buch zu arbeiten. Da gab es dann sogar die neue Auflage mit Farbe 😀

    spitz
  3. Nathalie

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