Sunday, December 30, 2018
Drawing on the right side of my brain
I drew this horse and rider and it looks great! But do not get all excited. I drew it because I am working my way through the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain."
It is an upside-down drawing!
The horse and the knight were originally drawn by some medieval German artist and you turn it upside down and copy it.
Suddenly I can draw a horse!
I had heard of this book from a long time ago but I never read it. Recently I inherited a copy because my sister's father-in-law is downsizing and my brother-in-law was nice enough to pass on to me many of his father's art books.
I thought: There is a reason I have this book. I am supposed to look into it. Because I do want to polish my skills and this book seems like a neat way to do it.
It is fascinating what the book has in it about the right side and left side of your brain. You are reading it thinking: So that is what is going on in there!
I am not sure I need all the exercises but I do them anyway. I realize that the left side of my brain does tend to dominate and say, "You don't need this stuff." And it cannot hurt, you know?
But I already do already have some of the thinking the author talks about. She said that when you were doing an upside-down drawing, you would start losing track of time, and also that it might seem you were putting together a puzzle.
Just last week that was how I had described it to Howard, what it is like to do a drawing. I said, "It is like putting together a puzzle."
And he asks me how long certain drawings take and I cannot tell him. I honestly do not know.
Well, something similar happens when you are writing, too. I think you lose yourself in something and the time just goes.
If I know so much why ain't I rich? I had a roommate who used to ask me that.
Well, I am on my way.
I have drawn the upside-down German horse and rider!