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Can’t Draw? Here’s How to Learn

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Before delving into the five exercises suggested by artist Whitney Sherman at Creative Live, bear in mind an age-old principle: Regular practice is always needed to improve and maintain skills of most any kind.

That said, here are there exercises that are billed as being able to "turn anyone into an artist":

  • Doodling: Since anyone can doodle, this might be a good place to start. After all, the choice of design is entirely yours, as are the colors and scope of the pattern(s). What's more, doodling can boost "visual literacy" and help to organize ideas, however unconsciously.
  • Entopic Graphomania: This fancy term involves connecting a series of dots on a page in order to create a series of lines and shapes. One easy way to get started: Place the dots on a page of printed words, and then connect them with straight or zig-zag lines. The exercise helps to illustrate the importance of choices in shaping a work of art.
  • Non-Dominant Hand: Re-invent your approach, and break bad habits, by using materials that are the opposite of what you typically chose -- and by using your non-domiant hand and no photo reference.
  • One Day, One Theme: Pick out one kind of object or one theme, and draw nothing else but that for a whole day. Pressed for ideas? Start with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Word Stacks: Choose 25 blank index cards; cut them into thirds; write a noun on each card in the first stack, a verb on the second, and an adjective on the third. Shuffle the stacks separately; draw a card from each pile; place the selections alongside one another; and, draw the resulting phrase.
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    Jim Lillie

    Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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