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This homework assignment will test your ability to shift to the “Right Brain mode”. You will rewire your brain to seeing the face newly, what we call using the Associative Technique. If while drawing you find it difficult instead of fun and effortless, it means that you are expecting to produce a nice portrait and trying to avoid making mistakes.
The goals of the exercise are: 1) to use this method to learn to see shapes, and 2) learn to enter the R-brain mode any time.
The Yin-and-Yang of Drawing: When you draw things as distorted as they seem to be, they turn out perfect; if you try to “improve” them and draw them undistorted, the drawing will appear awkward and naive.
No one is born with this perfect ability to see, it has to be trained in everyone.
Find a photograph of yourself as a child (choose an image where you are looking into the camera so that the face is straight on). Print it in black-and-white twice: a low rez image and a high-quality image.
*Note: Proportions of a child’s face are different from adults, so the shapes discussed in class will be different.
Bring your drawings to the next class to share!
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