Sunday, August 1, 2010

Stuck In Left Brain Mode

ACCORDING TO BETTY EDWARDS, AUTHOR OF DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN, "The right brain perceives and processes visual information, in the way one needs to see in order to draw, and the left brain perceives in ways that seem to interfere with drawing. An individual's ability to draw is... the ability to shift to a different-from-ordinary way of processing visual information - to shift from verbal, analytic processing to spatial, global processing." ~ Betty Edwards

I had a hard time shifting into Right Brain Mode when drawing this complicated sketching challenge. Maybe it's because it's my horse and it was hard for me to see the image as just shapes. Anyway, after a couple of attempts I was unhappy with, I put a grid on my photo and did the same one on my paper. I put more lines where the image was more complicated. This allowed me to break the subject up into bite sized pieces. Finally I felt my Right Brain Shift and began seeing only the shapes in the box, instead of thinking about what it was I was drawing.

Here is next week's sketching challenge photo. I hope it's a fairly easy one.