Unlocking Home – An abstract square

The last exercise in my “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” workbook was to enlarge a small window on an everyday object into a four inch square. This was supposed to introduce us to abstract art by “abstracting” the qualities of a natural or man-made subject and help us get in touch with gestalt perception.

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A figure in brown crayon

One more Betty Edwards exercise tonight. This one was copying somebody else’s picture again, an Alphonse Legros. The assignment was to work with cross-hatching with a reddish-brown crayon.

It was a little tricky figuring out how to do shading with the crayon, as it was so dark and even trying to draw a thin line with it wasn’t always easy. But I like the effect of the overall proportions and the one spot where I kinduv smudged the crayon. Continue reading

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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