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Art Instruction: Assignment 6

Updated on August 30, 2012

Draw your hand 3 times using the view finder

This is more or less a tracing exercise; however, you will use the view finder created in assignment 5 to trace your hand.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Only use one eye. Using two eyes will confuse you as slightly different images get processed through each eye.

2. Keep your head, eye, and hand that you are drawing completely still throughout the exercise.

3. You'll need to rest the viewfinder on your non drawing hand.

If you don't already have it, get this book.

This exercise is one of the exercises listed in chapter 6 of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Chapter 6 was assigned in lesson 2, but if you have not read it yet, now is a good time.

Keep in Mind . . .

You'll notice when doing this exercise that you have to keep only one eye open and keep everything perfectly still for this exercise to come out correctly. When working with a model, you will find that it is nearly impossible for the model to hold an exact pose for more than a few minutes. Naturally, some shifting will occur as fatigue sets in. Also, you will notice that few, if any, artists close one eye while they are drawing.

As you progress as an artists you will eventually draw based on knowledge AND observation, not completely on one or completely on the other. It is the synthesis of the two that will turn you into a master draftsman.

It starts with observation, though, which is the purpose of this exercise, and really, Betty Edwards's approach as a whole. Keep in mind, however, that there is knowledge beyond the approach of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" that will make drawing easier.

Where we're going with this

"First we draw what we see;

then we draw what we know;

finally we see what we know."

-- Robert Beverly Hale

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

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    • GannonBeck profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks, d-artist. It's definitely a great book, and the perfect place for budding artists to start. I love your horse art, by the way.

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! my favorite art instructional book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" I use it with my students to learn to's amazing! I'm glad you did a lens on this.

    • GannonBeck profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


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