Although some people seem to draw effortlessly, others need to work at it. In such cases, learning to draw step by step is necessary. But why do some people find drawing difficult whilst others can draw effectively without effort?
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Those who find it hard to draw find it hard to believe what they see, and therefore end up record what they think they see. Common examples of mistakes in drawing are:
Often a dilemma occurs when what is known about the object disagrees with what is seen. For example, a table has four legs, but from some angles may appear to have three, or even two. In the brain’s attempt to put down what it knows about the object, the practitioner might end up recording all four legs, even though this is not the truth that lies in front.
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How to Draw Anything You Want
Betty Edwards’ book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (HarperCollins: 2001) explains how the two sides of the brain view the world in two ways. The left side is dictatorial, verbal, assigns labels to things and is a bit of a "know all." The silent right side of the brain is more visual and sees things as they really are. The secret of accurate drawing is to suspend the left side of the brain whilst drawing.
Tips on How to Draw
The left side of the brain cannot function if things do not make logical sense. The following pointers might help develop the drawing skill and to quieten the inner critic.
Using the edge of a pencil to measure relative lengths of objects is a good place to start and will help the plotting of the drawing
View the drawing from different angles. This will "refresh" the brain like rebooting the computer. Viewing it upside down, on its side or through a mirror will highlight errors and make it possible to put them right.
Gain some spatial distance from the drawing. At least ten feet will force the brain in to seeing the drawing holistically, which is the secret to good drawing.
Gain some temporal distance from the drawing. Do something else for a few minutes like make a cup of tea. Looking at it with a fresh eye will again will make errors more obvious
Learn How to Sketch
Working from light to dark means that accuracy can be built up as the drawing progresses. The first lines will rarely be correct, but can be adjusted. Flicking the eyes quickly from the drawing to the subject matter will give a true reflection of how the drawing is working. Practice, as well as forestalling the left side of the brain will help develop drawing ability.