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January 28th, 2006 #1
Artist state of mind or "Artist-mode"
I just started to read "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards and I think it make perfect sense that the state of mind make the difference in perception of the artist and us the other people.
I want to ask for experienced artists to share their opinion on this subject.
I want to know how they feel when they start to work.
I hope some of the great artists on this forum to try to induce/describe us their working state of mind.
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Start to work....focused and intrigued
Finished....disgusted or proud.
Then I show it to somebody and they crap on it.
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I don't know... When I draw I think about all kinds of crap that is going on in my life. So much drama... I think it comes out in some of my stuff, espeacially the stuff I draw in pencil.
^keep me going by visiting my sketchbook^
January 30th, 2006 #7
Re: Betty Edwards
I'm a big fan of the drawing exercises in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It's one of the best introductory books out there, You should know, however, that the "science" it's reputedly based on is outdated and extremely oversimplified. "Right side/left side" is a useful metaphor, nothing more.
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January 30th, 2006 #8
I have this book. And hear nothing but good things about it. But I have such a hard time getting into it for some reason.
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January 30th, 2006 #9
i just let my hands do the work. i let the brain do some erasing sometimes, but that's pretty much it.
um, i think art's a matter of willpower and a controlled(?) state of schizophrenia. i can never allow myself to wait for divine inspiration or any such thing. i just basically start drawing, forcing my reality onto the blank canvas.
January 31st, 2006 #10
Thanks everyone for sharing you thoughts.
Elwell: I just trying to find tricks that works for different people. I know that art require many hours of hard and sometime rewarding work and nothing can replace that, but i still think that there might be some things that can help one to see better and draw better.
For me, drawing upside down helps me to get better proportions.
January 31st, 2006 #11
I think what ever way of tricking yourslef to not know what you are drawing makes the piece go towards a description of reality rather than a product of thinking.
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I think I heard someone relate their drawing state of mind to something like zen, although most people probably haven't gotten there yet. it's not easy to draw when you're in a bad mood or frustrated about something. I like to listen to music or the radio while draw because otherwise my mind wanders and I get distracted from the drawing, and music can also be huge motivation/inspiration. one thing that I find really important, although hard to achieve, is holding so many different ideas in mind as I draw. when you're drawing some person from your imagination, you have to keep in mind how to draw people, all the different things you've seen and learned about anatomy, expression, gesture, seeing the whole picture as a composition, all of your own ideas that you've built up for this character or whatever. concentration is essential, but sometimes when I'm part of the way through I big drawing I have more fun jumping around from one element to another.
January 31st, 2006 #13Originally Posted by Brutillus
its even better if you give up control and let your subconcious draw upon all the things it learned over the years of practice and let it do all the hard work for you. it becomes very spiritual, like a higher power is controling you. it's a very exiting state of mind. sadly it's not something you can call upon at will.