Man and Beast–a spill drawing

This drawing is definitely something different… it was one of the last exercises from the Betty Edwards “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” workbook. The assignment was to spill something that would stain the paper, and build a drawing around the stains.

I love the way I was actually able to use this exercise to draw something incredibly imaginative, even though the results are slightly cartoonish. I think the fact that I was brainstorming what to draw, instead of trying to draw something I’d already imagined, was very freeing.

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I think it’s some kind of undersea man, with his seahorse (ish) steed and some kind of precious egg!

Have you ever tried to make art from a completely random starting point?

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