|today's model...great legs, dontcha think?|
Monday, December 6, 2010
Vision and Perception
This is a classic exercise I learned in Jr. High, from Betty Edwards' book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. If you want to see something more clearly, and thus be able to draw it more accurately, draw from a photograph, and turn the photo upside down. This tricks your brain into seeing the shape and placement of parts, rather than running everything through the "I know this object" filter, as in, "Now I'm drawing a chair, which has four legs a seat and a back".
I had today's students try it, and though they are pretty sure the daily drawing lesson is designed to torture them, they both saw the benefit of using this trick. I thought it very interesting that the obvious difference in both girls flipped drawings was the length of the chair legs. I know we learn to perceive things as we believe them to be at a very young age, but I wonder if this is an indication that we all learn the same mis-perceptions. Two subjects does not a scientific study make, of course.
In all examples, the drawing on the left was drawn conventionally, first, then the one on the right was drawn upside down, looking at the photo flipped upside down. I've rotated the girls' second drawings to more easily compare them.
Kinda makes you want to start turning all kinds of things in life upside down to get a clearer perspective on them, huh?
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Have a great week! I'll be back on Wednesday with something to make or cook, and Friday with a recap of the week's projects and progress. Stay warm, if you are in a wintry climate like mine, and keep your eyes and mind wide open!