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[Drawing] and Inventing
August 21, 2014

Do you have times when you really want to draw but you just can't decide what to draw? A lot of people ask me what I use as a source of inspiration so I've listed some ideas below that also might work for you.

Experiment 1:

I know I've mentioned this idea before but it's one I always remember when I'm stuck and I've had lots of fun with it...
Pick any letter of the Alphabet and write it down (or print) on a sheet of paper - you pick how big or small to make it. Jazz up the image by adding several other letters in varying patterns then step back and gaze at it while you wait for an idea to come to you. It's amazing what you eventually see and create out of this experiment.

You can also do this with shapes like cubes, cylinders, spheres, cones, prisms etc. Place one or more shapes on top of another to see if an idea jumps out at you. It was a long time ago now but I made up this chick drawing while playing with shapes.

Experiment 2:

When you look at photos or pictures in a magazine, look closer to find a small piece that grabs your interest. Observe the shapes or formation and draw it. Next, take a small portion from another picture and place it inside or outside of that shape. Play with it and move it around until you create something that's pleasing to you. Maybe you could call it Abstract Art with a twist!

Experiment 3:

Zoom in and draw the inner parts of an object or maybe something that's barely visible and portray how you think it looks.

Experiment 4:

Merging! Merge 2 objects, or better still, a portion of 2 objects to see what happens. Making the merged part indistinct or barely visible behind the other would certainly test your skills but it'd be interesting.

Experiment 5:

Another oldie but goodie is to scribble over the paper and step back to identify marks that remind you of something familiar. All you do then is add some more strokes to invent a picture.

Those are just some suggestions to start the creative juices flowing. Inventing is exciting because whatever you create is completely unique to you.

Really, it's kind of like when you first start learning to draw and you draw a shape, let's say a square. Next you place a triangle on top and suddenly it looks like a building. To take that concept further, if you add large double doors on the front, you create a barn. If you add windows and a door, it's a house. You simply take a shape and you create something from that shape. See, you are an inventor!

Drawing is something that will intrigue you for the rest of your life. I don't think anyone knows all there is to know about drawing, it's definitely exciting and it's up to us to stay enthralled by pushing ourselves to be better than before. I have to say, it's nice of you to join me, thank you!

Drawing Tip of the Month

Did you know that daydreaming is a wonderful way to boost your creativity? When you're in a detached state, that small pocket of time allows your subconscious mind to reveal new ideas and they pop into your head even though you're not thinking about anything.

It's also very healthy for you because your busy mind is rejuvenated when those everyday hassles fade into the background. We all need a break from constant stress.

To daydream, all you need to do is stare at something and continue staring until you feel your eyes kind of glaze over and lose focus.

Einstein used daydreaming as a tool to help him with his inventions so it's a proven method, don't just take my word for it!

Handy Links

Find some good online drawing books that I bought to help me learn, practice and improve. They all have a money-back guarantee which is fantastic because the books I like may not necessarily be the same ones you like.

If you have any drawing questions, please visit the frequently asked questions page to find the answers.

Drawing is a very economical hobby - see the few basic supplies needed to get started.

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, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this issue.

Kerry Sig
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"Logic will get you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein
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