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Draw Upside Down

One of the best ways to make sure that the left side of the brain does not interfere with your drawing is to remove its ability to recognise things, by drawing something upside down. When presented with an upside down image, the left side of the brain has great difficulty in identifying the patterns it normally sees and more or less gives up trying. It lets the right side of your brain get on with it alone. This is exactly what we want.

If you have a photograph of someone you know handy, just try a little experiment. Turn it upside down and see just how difficult it is for your brain to recognise the face in that position.

Try this exercise.

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Start by looking carefully at the upside down picture below. It looks quite complicated, but drawing it upside down makes the job a lot easier.

Take your pencil and a sheet of paper and take your time to carefully copy the lines that you see in the picture. Do the drawing upside down and do not be tempted to turn it over just yet. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, but take longer if you need to

It will probably help if you draw a frame to start with so that you can get an idea of the starting and ending points of lines in relation to the edges of the frame.

Notice how the lines and curves fit together. Notice the spaces left between the lines and the length of each one.

When you have finished, turn the paper round and have a look at the results. You will probably be quite surprised at how close it is to the original.

You will have been using the right side of your brain to process all of the information and hopefully you will have started on the journey to engage the artistic and creative half of your brain in all your future drawing.

1 comment to Draw Upside Down

  • Wow, well done! A horse must be one of the hardest things to draw. I can’t really draw, but my mom can, and I used to be amazed when I was a little kid and she would draw horses for me to color.

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