“You have two brains: a left and a right. Modern brain scientists now know that your left brain is your verbal and rational brain; it thinks serially and reduces its thoughts to numbers, letters and words… Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words.”
From The Fabric of Mind, by the eminent scientist and neurosurgeon, Richard Bergland. New drawing.
Drawing a perceived object (so-called “realistic” drawing), Edwards proposes, is a visual perceptual skill made up of five component skills. These are the basic skills that you will learn in our workshops.
The basic skills are:
1) Seeing and drawing edges (sometimes called “contour drawing”)
2) Seeing and drawing spaces (called “negative spaces”)
3) Seeing and drawing relationships (called “perspective and proportion”)
4) Seeing and drawing lights and shadows (called “shading”)
5) Seeing and drawing the whole (called the gestalt, the “thing itself,” the essential nature of the observed subject, which emerges spontaneously from the first four component skills).