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Subject: Your January 31st, 2003 YouCanDaw.com Communique
31 January 2003
Your January 31st,
got a hodge podge of things today - questions from fellow up and
coming artists - from very beginning "vase-face" questions to
what makes a face recognizable to the beginnings of whole new sister
to YouCanDraw.com. Enjoy!
Question: A fundamental drawing question (concerning Lesson
Number 1) from
Sanghoon Lee of Korea:
At 10:41 AM 1/23/03 +0900, you wrote:
My name is Sanghoon Lee from Korea. I've just started to exercise
with the lesson 1 in the CD. And then I've got some question on the
pictures you attached at the bottom of the lecture.
My question is this;
drawings with human faces on the left sides of it
is only for right handed people, and right sides only
for left handed?
Answer: That's the main idea, but....
You can always switch or even flip the paper over - but then it will
become "too" easy :-) Too easy because as long as the
brain thinks it's seeing a face, the conflict between the the
"verbal" brain and the "artist's" is at it's most
obvious. And the idea of the lesson is to become aware of two things:
1) first to experience the conflict and start getting an inkling
of what that conflict feels like
2) and secondly, to eventually "resolve" the conflict -
which requires the brain to somehow "discover" it's other
method of looking at the world (i.e. the "r-mode" or artist's
If you can switch between seeing the face as a face, then a vase, you're
doing the switch. By drawing the second half of any of the pictures,
you're starting to control that switch - it's like your first
"brain mode switching/weight lifting exercise".
To flip the picture makes the face disappear and you start losing the
overall effect. That's fine if you're right-handed and can draw all the
right-hand drawings right side up.
Still, if you can draw the opposite handed pictures, and do them right
side up too - all the more power to you - that means you're getting it -
your brain has learned how to resolve the picture :-)
....and one more, is it ok for me to put a center
the drawings to make it more symmetric?
Absolutely! :-) That says to me you're resolving it. Good work!
Thank you for your help in advance!
My pleasure Sanghoon.
Good morning Jeff.
Just finished reading your reply to Blossom and her anguish over
her drawing ability. Let me lay this on you. My problem with getting
started into a
new and different drawing mode seems to relate to the fact that recently
I went through my portfolio of caricature art that I did ten, fifteen
years ago. I study it and marvel over how well done or how funny it is.
And then I say to myself, "I can't believe I did that." Or,
"that is great work, how did I do this." And then after my
encounter with my past I have a difficult time coming up with a new
piece that would equal or better my old stuff. Your comment will be
Have a great day,
my first question I have for you regarding that is this: how long has it
since you last drew, and in comparison to that period of your life,
how much are you drawing now? I'll bet if you put in the time you did
back then right now and then jumped into the future a number of years
you'd be amazed at what you
drew now - - and if you had maintained your pace, you would probably
look back at
the drawings you're doing now, in 2002, you'd have to smile and say (in
this future time) I sure have learned a lot since then :-)
Drawing really is like running - once you learn it you never forget how,
you can't expect to jump out and run and marathon. Dive in there ED and
let past successes stop you. Those are just an inkling of what you're
Another note along these lines: even though it truly is
possible to revolutionize your
your drawing skills when you truly learn how to see as an artist, it
still takes practice,
practice, practice to master - any art. (That's
presupposing you can totally master
anything. Most "masters" I talk to say they're masters only
because they're always
learning - and simultaneously they don't consider themselves masters of
anything. Quite good at something sure. But total "know it
alls"? Not to often. That beginners spirit truly prevails among the
To see Blossom's letter, click here:
JB Grant offers this tid bit for finding drawable faces:
A good source for drawing and practicing facial
parts and hair is an Avon book.
Especially for women's faces.
Thanks JB! :-)
Here's Avon's web address - and there really are glamorous faces
there to be drawn! As well as shampoo bottles, jewelry, (great for
understanding shading and shadowing "life drawing" posed type
from Mike Swift:
Quick question for you. I have been drawing stuffed animals for
I am still having a little problem with the proportions but it's coming
When drawing faces (human) which feature do you feel is the one that
out the most likeness of the person? I tried drawing a picture of myself
my daughter (from a photo) and it looked pretty good accept for the
"seems" to me that the nose (or maybe lower center of the
face) is the determing
factor in the likeness of an individual.
Am I on to something here, or is my Left Brain causing trouble!? :)
Thanks for your time.
if police portrait artists could answer that, a lot more crooks
would get caught :-).
Seriously, that's an age old question. Is it the nose? The eyes? Mouth?
of the whole face? Baby's track the eyes closer than any other part of
family - (of course especially mom's). People seem to be able to
recognize each other
more easily at Halloween parties when the eye's are the only visible
feature versus for
instance just the mouth. Seals recognize each other by there scent - and
the smell of the breath - dogs of course use scent as their primary
sense of recognition.
Owls catch their prey by hearing - not their supposed huge eyes (I was
surprised to learn that :-) In fact barn owls - the owls with the hugest
eyes actually have their ears buried at the focus of those big discs
around the eyes.
(Check out this link
and by the way, I'm find animals as much fun to draw as
people these days :-)
So is it nose? I think Tad Barney of The Nose ( http://www.the-nose.com/)
probably have to agree with you - (his site is dedicated to
caricaturists). When I think
of what I look at when I draw it "feels" like the combination
of eyes, nose and mouth
that seem to dominate. Course that doesn't sound like any great
revelation...: :-) That's
seems kind of like saying "I recognize the whole face by
recognizing the whole
face"...which also seems kind of like saying What are celebrities
well known for?
Well, for being well known of course.
Neurologists will tell you people who have traumatic damage to the right
their brains often times lose the ability to recognize people they
know, yet, they'll blurt
out the person's name without any idea that the name goes with the face.
So Mike, I don't know if that sheds any light on anything, I'm certainly
not the expert.
The BBC did a great program a few years ago about faces - I bought the
it's just plain fascinating. Check out this somewhat related link on
And this one on face recognition software:
I also recommend running a search for "face
recognition software" and
look at all the negative headlines that pop up ("...it doesn't
Do me a favor :-)
Lastly, folks, I'd love to get your feedback on YouCanDraw's
it's an info site geared to "get the sale" for YouCanDraw.com.
For those of you
running a business on the web are probably all finding out, unless you
offer lots of info
to your prospective visitors (and hopefully future customers), and
unless your information (site) gets some really good ranking in the
search engines, generating traffic and sales will be a lot harder. So
the this sister site is built for both: getting people's search engine
queried keywords answered and being at the top of the list to answer
them. (Did that make sense?) Let me know what you think! Love to get
Take care, keep on drawing and talk to you in a couple weeks
Jeffrey O. Kasbohm
Kasbohm & Company Strategic Multimedia
home of http://www.YouCanDraw.com
1351 Hampshire Ave. So., #127
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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