Confessions of a researchaholic

June 27, 2021

Mindful drawing

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:08 am
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After 30+ timed-model-drawing sessions my sketches still have only forms but not actions/gestures, which I realized is caused by mimicking what I see but without really understanding.
Specifically, the first lesson of my first drawing training is to draw exactly what I see so that the mind won’t get in the way, but now I need to get my mind back into the process.

(I was so frustrated that I did a few visceral physical drawings for mental balance.)

The quote “you draw with your mind not your hand” from the Vilppu drawing manual (which is a great book not just for drawing) reminded me of what Stephen King said in the gunslinger:

I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my eye.

I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.

I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.

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