Saturday, 5 March 2011

Mini drawing tutorial

Ouch it has been a while since I have last posted,
I hope you didn't think I disappeared from the blog scene.
I won't bore you with the details of why I have not been here
all I will say is that life has certainly been happening for me.

Thank you all for the wonderful comments on my very first video.
It has encouraged me to share more with you
and I am planning to do more videos soon.

But for now I have some fun stuff in store.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about my art journey and how I got were I am now.
I would love to share with you what I learned.

I know that many of us who started drawing in our later years have in some way been discouraged taking drawing further than our childhoods.

Well same here!

I was told my drawings were rubbish.
So I have ended up with an inner critic which lived inside me for a very long time, it has prevented me from learning and feeling free in what I wanted to create. Letting go of this inner critic can be extremely difficult especially if we believe it will stop us from further hurt in the future.
The inner child becomes frozen and is unable to play and learn.

Have you felt stuck and are searching to find a way to free yourself?
Let me try and help you set your inner child free.
Silence your inner critic and learn.

Can you copy this sketch?

reclining woman sketch by klimt.

I guess you inner critic is saying no way, maybe even when you try it will start to whisper and say something awful to you.

Right now you are being prevented from learning new things.
Stick with me lets fool that horrid little inner voice.

Turn the sketch round.

reclining woman sketch by klimt.

Just look at the top line follow that little curl with your pencil tell yourself what you see but only speak in lines and shapes don't think to yourself this is a leg.
Just follow the lines. Draw them.
When you are doing this you are switching of the inner critic which lives in your left brain.
Now you are drawing with your right brain.
Yah now you are thinking and seeing like an artist.
Are you enjoying it. You may notice that time will just pass and that you are in your own bauble, maybe you feel refreshed.


Now what about drawing this sketch of my daughter Fae?

You can do it!!!
Turn it round, remember only talk to yourself about what you see in lines and shapes.

Start in the right hand corner follow the lines. Break it into pieces don't look at the whole picture. You can cover up some of the sketch this will also fool your inner critic.
Believe it or not you are now polishing up on your skills, you are learning to see in a very different way, you may never have seen like this before.
Now turn your drawing round I bet you are surprised by what you are capable of!

Remember practice, practice and practice!!!

I would love to see your progress so don't be shy to post something on your blog. You don't have to use these sketches you can pick anything you fancy.
Leave me comment bellow and I will come and visit your blog in right brain mode.



Janine said...

Manon, thank you for stopping by my blog! I get this thing from photobucket that says image has been moved or deleted. I watched your video and loved it! Great job you did there! A sketch a day is what I try to do too!

Manon said...

Oh no what is happening? I must go and check it out right now. Thanks Janine!!! I remember now you left me a comment before, life has just been hectic for me.

Diane said...

YOu know what, I have the same message too when I see your blog, but I do see the images, and I'm going to try this. I'm taking Alisa Burke's sketchbook class, and she's very encouraging in the same way--just look at shapes and not the whole picture--Thank you Manon!!

Manon said...

Hopefully my daughter can sought it out for me. I tried to do some stuff with the blog templates but it won't let me do anything now. Anyway as long as you can see my images that is all that matters.
I am glad you are going to give it a go Diane it is real good fun drawing upside down.
I think I will take Alisa Burke's class too I love the colours she uses.

bois-fleurie said...

Have been trying out the drawing as you suggest,Found it difficult at first to switch off the naming words but getting there. So many thanks.

Heather said...

Isn't it amazing how this works. I always say that anyone can draw. It is just how you look at things. Different perspective. Very good post.

Manon said...

I am so glad you are giving it a go bois-fleurie,I know it is hard but it will pay off in the end!!

Manon said...

Thank you Heather! I totally agree with you and getting rid of that inner critic makes it even more possible.

Marilyn Rock said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. It's very encouraging and inspiring!

Manon said...

Thank you Marilyn!