Thursday, January 21, 2010

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Day Four

Edwards had us build picture planes, an 8 x 10 sheet of glass or plexiglass with cross-hairs drawn on it, and two different sized "frames" to lay over the glass. We used them (with extra grids added) for our cartoon recreations. Today we used them to get a sense for an "artist's eye", how an artist will see a scene as they draw it. We held the picture plane on the finger tips of our left hand, squinted at our hand with one eye, and used a non-permanent marker to "trace" the outline and edges that we saw. Here are the results:

Mama Bear's left hand.

Brother Bear's left hand.
It was amazingly easy to "draw" the "foreshortened" view of our fingers (pointing up toward us) using the picture plane. I also used it to "draw" a scene in the family room, with similar results. This little gizmo certainly gives one a new way of "seeing" one's surroundings.

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