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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday Morning Skraw - Drawing Lesson 4 - Two-Faced


Two-Faced.  If you get red flags about a so-called "friend" or someone else - run like hell.  Believe me, if they talk about others negatively behind their back - be sure that they are doing the same to you.  That's what you call "two-faced" or "back-stabber." They'll act like a friend and then trash you behind your back.  I don't know about you, but I have no use for people like that.  They are ignorant, insecure, and shallow.  In the meantime, a great stress reliever is drawing and this seemed like an appropriate subject ...

The Two-Faced Drawing:

When we draw, many things are going on in our brain, and at times, there can be conflict between our left-brain and our right-brain.  I've struggled with this myself at times as I find myself trying to draw "things" as I know them to be rather than what I "see."  Painting is the same thing.  It takes time, discipline, and practice to focus entirely on what you "see" rather than what you "know."  

This seems like an appropriate time to note, too, that if your brain is ever in conflict in a relationship - focus entirely on what you know to be true vs. what you want to see - you'll save yourself a lot of trouble, heartache, and headache.

For instance, when drawing a pear, a barn, a person, or a face, try not to name the objects you are drawing, instead paying attention to the line, the curve of the line, and the relationship of that line and angle to other lines, curves, and angles you have already drawn. 

Vase/Faces DrawingFunny, but this is a good analogy for "relationships" as well - before you draw your line in a relationship, see how yours fits into that which has already been drawn.  Pay attention to past relationships of the other person and yours as well - those lines that have already been drawn, and let that guide you before you complete the picture or add your line to the composition.  Dang, I wish I had learned this lesson years ago!

This post is what you call killing 2 birds with 1 stone.  So, even if you don't want to draw 2 faces, you might just figure out what one is -  I know I have.

Another benefit of learning to draw is getting to know your brain and how the left and right modes compete and cooperate with one another.

This simple exercise is designed to illustrate how mental conflict can occur between your left and right modes.  Of course, if you find your brain in conflict over a relationship - don't fret, don't beat yourself up, and learn a good lesson - run as fast as you can - draw your line in the sand - and draw a line on what you will tolerate and what you won't tolerate in a relationship.  Respect yourself first and foremost.  Of course, if you are the kind of person who trashes others in an attempt to feel better about yourself.  Get help.  This is what you call an "inferiority complex" and can lead to negative and destructive behavior.

Now, let's get down to the business of your drawing.  You will begin by clicking on each of the images below - the image for right-handed and left-handed.  The image will open full size in another window and you need to then print off "2" copies of each picture.  Your assignment is to complete the profile on the other side of the picture.  Don't name the "things" you are drawing.  In other words, don't say in your brain "forehead" or "nose" or "mouth," or "vase" either.  Instead, try to pay attention to relationships of each line and each curve, duplicating the lines and curves of the other side of the picture.

1. Use the picture that is suited for the hand you normally draw with.  So, if you are right-handed, then you want to begin with this picture.  Try to complete the profile on the other side of the picture and set it aside. Label this image as "Step 1."

2. Take the picture that is suited for the hand you "do not" otherwise draw or write with.  Now, use that other hand and try to complete the picture.  Do you feel the conflict going on in your brain?  It's hard isn't it?!!  Don't fret, do your best and then set it aside. Label this image as "Step 2."

3. You have 2 images remaining - one for left-handed and one for right-handed.  If you are right-handed, take the left-handed picture and turn it upside-down.  Now, try to complete the picture with your right hand, only the picture you are trying to complete is upside-down.  This causes conflict in your left mode because it won't be able to "name" things like it wanted to do in the first 2 steps.  It will be in conflict with what it "sees" and what it wants to call the line or object you are drawing. Label this image as "Step 3."

4. Repeat step 3, only use the other picture and the other hand - attempting to duplicate the image with the hand you are not accustomed to using.  Draw the other side of the image - upside down. Label this image as "Step 4."

Pretty cool, eh? 

Here are your pictures.  Click on each image.  A new window will open with the full-size picture.  Print off 2 copies of each image:


This is the right-handed image.


Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Have fun drawing!  Oh, and when someone shows you who they are - believe it.  Don't wait for a person to change, move on and learn from it.  I know I have.




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