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Part 4 Tap into the creative explosion that is you.

Part 4 Tap into the creative explosion that is you.

Part 4 Tap into the creative explosion that is you.



Drawing underpins your ability to organise your ideas and helps you have a visual vocabulary of shapes, subjects, structures and when required, a knowledge of the natural world.
It is important to encourage artists to draw everything and anything from the very beginning, just like teaching photography, when you send your students out to photograph everything and anything, using the camera in every conceivable way.
You will soon find yourself selecting subjects and aspects of those subjects that never occurred to you before - as the world talks back to you!

Freedom and confidence

You have to monitor your progress as if you become too fixated too early on one thing, you won't gain the benefit of a wider ranging search to learn about diverse subjects. This will lead to an opening up process and you will learn about the greater you! Open your mind, free your mind from all those things you have been 'told' you are no good at. All those inhibitions brought about by mixing with negative people, its time to help yourself.

There is nothing wrong with working from photographic images as they are also a part of this natural selection process. If you have taken the photograph yourself, it often puts you more in control as you are a part of the selection process throughout.

So why should we draw from life? This is a crucial question and one which blows the 'Post-Modernist' dictation to students out of the water! Since we are all part of the same natural world and universe, interacting with elements outside yourself is a vital part of your learning process, communing with your environment through your chosen media, will empower your creative vocabulary, fuel your imagination!

Working with scale

When you look at something right there in front of you, you see the subject as a whole, you then work out how you are going to start drawing it, making sure that you can get the whole image on your paper. You will find out what size of image feels right for you, (an interesting question). Inevitably you will start by drawing a small part, extending across the paper only to find that after all that work, it doesn't fit on the sheet!

That is precisely why it is important to make some light, free marks to roughly lay out where everything is going to be. When you become more experienced you may be able to mentally project the image on to the paper, sustain that projection, and built towards it - some find visualising and projection difficult to do.

Your power to imagine - visualise

I strongly advise that children be encouraged to project beyond themselves, to imagine, and to draw or paint or model what they are imagining, It is this very ability that seems to recede around the age of 13-14 when examination prospects start to take over and this natural ability is lost in many. Your art teachers will have been under pressure and may themselves have lost the ability to 'visualise'. You may have been told ''You don't do it like that'' or ''It doesn't look like that'' and you become stilted by the teachers preconceptions.

So why is it important to have disciplin in art?

It is important to explain that if you don't have discipline, you simply will not keep going. Start with 20 minutes of drawing, build up to 1 hour, later 2-3 hours.
one of my major drawings took nine months, working about nine hours every day!
'Get a life' I here you say. don't worry, ( I did that too) drawing has become a part of my love of life.

As you draw, you build up a knowledge of the subject, you are also converting a three dimensional object into a two dimensional image. What does that tell you?
That drawing is a language, that everything you do is an interpretation or a transposition, so there is no such thing as copying! If you gave a hundred people the same thing to draw, you will always get a hundred different images!

Don't try to be original - you already are!

So you are unique in space and time, and your journey is as important as any one else's. You can achieve anything you want in your art. It is wrong to feel that the 'Old masters' are unbeatable, this is your time, you can be a 'new - masterful person'.
The key is to want to enough, to be just a little obsessed and addicted to being creative.

Will you produce work that you don't like - yes. These works are important so don't throw them away. They will tell you about your journey when you look back at them, and you will see things in your work that you didn't see before. The more work you do, the more you will see how everything changes and develops, not only your ability, but your perceptions, ideas and affinities too.


Psychedelic drawing for a mural (above)

The drawing was made in preparation for a mural in the Merrion Centre at Leeds in Yorkshire.
Very much in the style of the decorated shirt that would come later. The work was the result of continuous drawing and experimenting, rules of composition, broken and reinvented, allowing the imagination free reign and for a diversity of influences to pour in.

It was great therapy, as like a dream the work became a boiling pot for both positive and negative
forces to work themselves through. You might say that making the drawing, took me on a journey of constant surprises and it still is so today! Without realising it at the time, I had laid down a founding work of Psychedelic Surrealism.






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