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Drawing upside down

Drawing upside down

I am experimenting with drawing upside-down - copying drawings while looking at them upside-down so the image becomes unrecognizable for the left side of your brain. This is an exercise described in 'Drawing on the right side of the brain' by Betty Edwards. It is...

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Essence and playfulness

Essence and playfulness

'The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else' (John Cleese, 1991) 'One can spend weeks on a marvelous painting of a rabbit, accurate to the tiniest detail - and yet still miss its...

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Goethean observation

Goethean observation

'Knowledge alone seems an inadequate instrument to answer many of the world’s complex global crises, as its tendency is to fragment and to approach issues isolated from their connection to the whole' (Franses and Wride 2015, p.339) I was talking to a friend about the...

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The Green Ship

The Green Ship

In this blog I will discuss 'the Green Ship' by Quentin Blake and how the illustrator captures the essence of the story in his drawings. Quentin Blake always knows how to move me with his drawings; the way he handles serious and difficult themes (for instance, in the...

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Rembrandt’s love of the line

Rembrandt’s love of the line

When I was eighteen I studied in the States for a year and discovered drawing. I was meant to explore different subjects to find a field of study for the future, because I hadn't a clue what I wanted to 'be'. Drawing was one of these subjects. Although my parents...

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Capturing Essence

Capturing Essence

  I have always admired illustrators who can capture the essence of something with a simple line or a seemingly spontaneously drawn gesture; or on the other hand, with an intricate composition that somehow brings to life the individuals in the drawing and how...

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