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Art Instruction: Assignment 1

Updated on August 30, 2012

Vases Faces and Upside Down Drawings

Read chapters 1 through 5 of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," and post the results from the exercises in chapter 4. This exercise is the first in a series that will help you to make good observations when drawing. This is not the only skill to develop, but it is a critical one, so jump at this chance to sharpen your observation skills.

Vases Faces Drawing Demonstration

Draw This Picture Upside Down

Start with this picture. There is a second picture is listed in the book.

Hints to Upside Down Drawing

After watching several people attempt this exercise, the best results seem to be obtained if you do the drawing at the same scale. To do this, make a border the exact size of the picture you are copying. You can even draw cross hairs in the center of your drawing and the center of the drawing you are copying to further help with proportion.

Is this cheating? Maybe Betty Edwards would think so. From my perspective I want to give you every tool to do this assignment well. The cross hairs and drawing on a 1:1 ration will help you not only take notice of contours, but also of proportion and negative space (which we'll learn about in detail later).

If you are following along. Post pictures of your viewfinder on you blog and link it here to get feedback.

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