The following two exercises will be combined as I feel the first is more of a thought provoker than an real exercise. (Also, I keep spelling exercise “excercise.” I don’t know if I should worry that my life is so sedentary that I can’t even spell the word. Lord, help me.)
1. Copy the pattern (either Figure 4-2 or 4-3). If you are right- handed, copy the profile on the left side of the paper, facing toward the center. If you are left-handed, draw the profile on the right side, facing toward the center. Examples are shown of both the right-handed and left-handed drawings. Make up your own version if you wish.
2. Next, draw horizontal lines at the top and bottom of your
profile, forming top and bottom of the vase (Figures 4-2 and
4-3). 3. Now, redraw the profile on your “Vase/Faces” pattern. Just
take your pencil and go over the lines, naming the parts as you go, like this: “Forehead … nose … upper lip … lower lip … chin … neck.” You might even do that a second time, re- drawing one more time and really thinking to yourself what those terms mean.
4. Then, go to the other side and start to draw the missing profile that will complete the symmetrical vase.
5. When you get to somewhere around the forehead or nose, you may begin perhaps to experience some confusion or conflict. Observe this as it happens.
6. The purpose of this exercise is for you to self-observe:”How do I solve the problem?”
BEHOLD!! The face vase! Sadly, I didn’t fully comprehend the task and finished in and moved on. After completing the next exercise I realized the reason I didn’t run into any trouble and didn’t gain anything from this study was that I didn’t match up the lines and wasn’t looking at the correlation between the lines. But let us move on. Here is vase-face.
Now, comes the ex(c)ercise where I completely blew myself away. Seriously, this is the moment I realized “oh shit, maybe I CAN do this!” It was excited and so awesome, I did another upside down line drawing. I understand these may not look at much, but go look at my previous entries, it’s clearly an improvement. Solely from drawing these upside down I was able to obtain a smidge of what some would call “talent.” Here is the ex(c)ercise.
1. Play music if you like. As you shift into R-mode, you may find that the music fades out. Finish the drawing in one sitting, allowing yourself at least forty minutes—more if possible. And more important, do not turn the drawing right side up until you have finished. Turning the drawing would cause a shift back to L-mode, which we want to avoid while you arelearning to experience the focused R-mode state of aware-ness.
2. You may start anywhere you wish—bottom, either side, or the top. Most people tend to start at the top. Try not to figure out what you are looking at in the upside-down image. It is better not to know. Simply start copying the lines. But remember: don’t turn the drawing right side up!
3. I recommend that you not try to draw the entire outline of the form and then “fill in” the parts. The reason is that if you make any small error in the outline, the parts inside won’t fit. One of the great joys of drawing is the discovery of how the parts fit together. Therefore, I recommend that you move from line to adjacent line, space to adjacent shape, working your way through the drawing, fitting the parts together as you go.
4. If you talk to yourself at all, use only the language of vision, such as: “This line bends this way,” or, “That shape has a curve there,” or “Compared to the edge of the paper (vertical or horizontal), this line angles like that,” and so on. What you do not want to do is to name the parts.
5. When you come to parts that seem to force their names on you—the H-A-N-D-S and the F-A-C-E—try to focus on these parts just as shapes. You might even cover up with one hand or finger all but the specific line you are drawing and then uncover each adjacent line. Alternatively, you might shift to another part of the drawing.
6. At some point, the drawing may begin to seem like an inter- esting, even fascinating, puzzle. When this happens, you will be “really drawing,” meaning that you have successfully shifted to R-mode and you are seeing clearly. This state is easily broken. For example, if someone were to come into the room and ask, “How are you doing?” your verbal system would be reactivated and your focus and concentration would be over.
7. You may even want to cover most of the reproduced drawing with another piece of paper, slowly uncovering new areas as you work your way down through the drawing. A note of cau- tion, however: Some of my students find this ploy helpful, while some find it distracting and unhelpful.
8. Remember that everything you need to know in order to draw the image is right in front of your eyes. All of the infor- mation is right there, making it easy for you. Don’t make it complicated. It really is as simple as that.
At this point in the book I decided that even if I felt that the directions felt a little outdated and silly, I was going to follow them. That brings us these works of “art.”
so this one isn’t even finished. I got frustrated at this point stopped because the drawing was clearly not going to fit. Notes written on the back of the drawing are as follows: You are a piece of shit that can’t even draw lines … haha, just kidding. Seriously though, notes written on the back of drawing are as follows: Picture was started off centered. decision to restart was made approx. twenty minutes into ex(c)ercise. (Not that there is no spell check in my life so I actually did spell exercise wrong. Again, my life is so sedentary I can’t even spell exercise correctly. Sad … )
Attempt # 2.
It is at this point that I’m realize I’m still drawing the lines that I’m seeing but am unable to really see the correlation from line to line. I could draw one line as I see it, but I’ll see the next in a different light and not how it’s supposed to be see in length next to the others. If you notice the upper left most area where there is pencil, there has been some erasing. It was at the hands that I realized my spacing was incorrect again and I could did not want to continue.
Notes on the back of drawing are as follows: 3/4/12 Same issue as before. I can not seem to be able to understand special displacement.
Let’s continue on the attempt three. (all three attempted were made one after the other, all on the same day. May 4th 2012 The year of our Cthulhu.
As my third attempt, I made sure to make sure I was making sure I was keeping on eye on the relationship of each line to another. Notes on the back of this drawing as follows: Badass …
The feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming, so much so that I decided to take on another upside down drawing, here it is.
Compared to the flat faced no-dimensional self-portrait I completed one day before this, I can honestly say I’m impressed with what I churned out. It’s not great, but it’s a giant step in the right direction. Horse was completed on 3/5/12 with the notes on back as follows: After several attempts at drawing and restarting, this has been the easiest. I attribute this to understanding that there is correlations between each line.
On we go.
Self preservation in its most elementary form is more like it.
In the spirit of full disclosure, because let’s face it, no one is reading this, and if you are, you’re probably here to judge so I may as well give you fodder to judge with.
Here is the text regarding The first set of exercises in “drawing on the right side of the brain,” along with the resulting ”art” that I decided was appropriate and fit the description of the rules and prompts given.
Pre-instruction drawing #1: Your “Self-Portrait”
1. Tape a stack of two or three sheets of paper to your drawing board or work in your pad of paper. (Stacking the sheets pro- vides a “padded” surface to draw on—much better than the rather hard surface of the drawing board.)
2. Sit at arm’s length (about 2 to 2+1/2 feet) from a mirror. Lean your board up against the wall, resting the bottom of the board on your lap.
3. Lookatthereflectionofyourheadandfaceinthemirrorand draw your “Self-Portrait.”
4. When you have finished, title, date, and sign the drawing in the lower right-hand or lower left-hand corner.
Pre-instruction drawing #2: A person, drawn from memory
1. Call up in your mind’s eye an image of a person—perhaps someone from the past or a person you know now. Or you may recall a drawing you did in the past or a photograph of a person well known to you.
2. Tothebestofyourability,makeadrawingofthatperson. You may draw just the head, a half-figure, or the whole figure.
3. When you have finished, title, sign, and date your draw- ing.
Pre-instruction drawing #3: Your hand
1. Seat yourself at a table to draw.
2. If you are right-handed, draw your left hand in whatever position you choose. If you are left-handed, draw your right hand.
3. Title, date and sign your drawing.
Once again, in the spirit of full disclosure, these are god awful. I understand that, so let’s just move on quickly.
(as a foot note, I don’t sign these “drawings.” Something about it, seems awfully pretentious and rubs me the wrong way.)
One more thing … Look at that ‘STACHE!!!
Countless times in my meager years I’ve spent, like many others I can only assume, telling myself I’d take on a challenge so I can grow as a person and better myself; challenges taken on by me are rarely completed. Not because I’m lazy or lose interest, just because I’m lazy. Strictly from speaking to people I find this notion to be shared by many. It’s not that we don’t want to see things through, we just find an excuse to not finish. Usually this excuse comes in the form of “time.” I don’t have any, it is limited, it is precious, it is … there. It’s THERE, and I know it. My excuses are bullshit.
It is with knowing, accepting and realizing this that I have decided to take on a challenge that has always cast a looming shadow over me, like a bodybuilder in a gym standing next to the short fat man who just joined. (This is in no way reference to my own life, as I am fat and short and my friend is a bodybuilder who does not tower over me, but still looms threateningly over me.)
I have decided to take on the challenge of learning to draw. I do not write this to impress anyone or gain followers, I simply wish to hold myself accountable for what I am working on.
Hearing many great things about the book “learning to draw on the right side of the brain,” I have decided to take on this book. Read read, draw draw, read read, draw draw.
Drawing has never been a strong point for me, yet has always been in some form or another, shoved in my face. My sister was an art major and is now an art teacher. Growing up around her was a nightmare for a fat boy who at the time had no discernible talents. I could not run, draw, sing, act, dance, or win at anything really. I was unable to color between the lines, my coloring books looked like a child three years my junior would have colored and I simply just stopped caring. My girlfriend at the moment is a very talented illustrator. She wouldn’t call herself an illustrator but for the ease of wording as to not rest too much verbiage, she’s an illustrator. Watching her work and create art in front of me is fascinating.
Having aged into the realm of “grown-ass man,” I find myself gravitating to the arts more than ever at my current age. I love playing and recording music, I love looking at art, I enjoy the sensation of seeing something and being able to relate to it on a level that you can’t verbally explain, sometimes having physical reactions to pieces you see.
I suppose I should wrap up this dribble with a few concise statements. I am not a writer; do not expect eloquent wordiness and professionally structured thoughts that leave something for the reader to discover. I am not a comedian; do not expect intermittent jokes or jesting of a topic with well thought out punchlines and smart, quick-witted, intelligent humor, it’s not happening. Lastly I am most certainly not an artist of any flavor. I simply want to refine an art that I feel is severely lacking in my life.
If you’ve read this far down you either know me, are incredibly bored on the internet or need to seriously rethink your life. You shouldn’t be reading the writings of a man who is not a writer.
Thanks, and here we go.
Asked by Anonymous
I feel terrible I’m just now seeing this, and I’m not a chef by any means in the savory field, I studied baking and pastries :-D
Cover of the Beatles I’ve Just seen a face. Non traditional as the melody has been changed and a folk strumming is used with alternating bass.
This project is way outside what I normally shoot, I decided I wanted to try my hand a photos that were less about the lighting and the action and more focused on the design and small details. I had an awesome time shooting the project and I already have 8 more cocktails in mind.
I would love to know what you all think, especially since this series is way outside my comfort zone