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Why Draw Faces?

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Dr.Betty Edwards author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain gives a wonderful explanation as to why portrait drawing is a useful subject for beginners in art:

For three reasons. First, beginning students of drawing often think that drawing human faces is the hardest of all kinds of drawing. Thus, when student see that they can draw portraits, they feel confident and their confidence enhances progress. A second, more important, reason is that the right hemisphere of the human brain is the one we are trying to gain access to, it makes sense to choose¬†a subject that the right brain is used to working with. And third, faces are fascinating! Once you have drawn a person, you will really have seen that individual’s face. As one of my student said, “I don’t think I ever actually looked at anyone’s face before I started drawing. Now, the oddest thing is that everyone looks beautiful to me.”

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June 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm

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Quarter-mile Drawing

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Artist Filemon Trevino has set world-record Wednesday with a quarter-mile pencil drawing of the heart and circulatory system. During the course of drawing, Mr.Trevino neglected his health which led to dehydration, heart and kidney problems. I can understand why. When you get immersed in drawing, you will enter into a state of “timelessness”. Here is an interesting explanation from “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Dr.Betty Edwards:

In the R-mode state, did you notice you were somewhat unaware of the passage of time-that the time you spent drawing may have been long or short, but you couldn’t have known until you checked it afterward? If there were people near, did you notice you couldn’t listen to what they said – in fact, that you didn’t want to hear? You may have heard the sounds, but you probably didn’t care about figuring out the meaning of what was being said. And were you aware of feeling alert, but relaxed – confident, interested, absorbed in the drawing and clear in your mind?

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June 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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