Sunday, 29 September 2013

Hands - on Art!

Drawing your non-writing hand with your writing hand:


Drawing  the human hand is probably one of the most difficult tasks even for the more accomplished artist.
It requires focus, concentration, perception and observation..which the right side of our brain is responsible for. Unfortunately we tend to use our left side of the brain most in our busy, analytic and achievement driven daily lives. So as artists....and healthy human beings....we need to practice, for example, the use of pure perception, without any judgement ('this is wrong, looks horrible, I can't draw!', etc.), just observing the lines and shapes in front of our eyes and carefully following these with our pencil in the drawing hand.
The results are astonishing, as you can see from the images below. A couple of students have not done any drawing since early childhood!
I have based this session on Betty Edwards' book 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' (4th Edition).




Patrick & Jeannie focusing.....



Ann's Hand....



Ann reflecting...




                                                             Jeannie's 'Handy' Work....




Patrick's Hand......


Patrick's Job Lot.....



Sarah observing her Hand....



Almost finished!


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