Monday, March 1, 2010

Special Paper for Drawing Nothing? You Bet!

You might think I'm crazy, but special paper for Drawing Nothing can be really helpful.

This is especially true when you want to encourage people to Draw Nothing but you're not necessarily there to do it with them.

Or, say, you've got kids who need some ideas.

So, here it is: The world's first Art Paper for Drawing Nothing! (Free PDF)

Complete with instructions on there.

I hope you will use this sheet to draw a whole lot of Nothing. The world needs more!

And, in support of this effort, here's the original presentation on How to Draw Nothing. Enjoy!!

Drawing Adventure: Draw Without a Pencil

I know I've talked about "How to Draw Nothing,"

but have you ever tried to draw WITH nothing?

Here's what I mean: Look up in front of you right now.

Find something that has an edge - a window, a plant, an object. It could be close, or far away. A building, a car, a piece of furniture.

Now, take your finger and up in front of you, trace around the edges of that object. Notice how "big" it is in your vision, as opposed to its "real" size. See how the edges run into each other. Is the object squiggly? Has it got hard edges? Are there places where the edges are hard to see because there's something else in front or it's blurry? This can be true when tracing the leaves of a tree, for example.

After you do this a few times, you'll find you see things differently - relationships between objects stand out more, for example.

You will also find out some things about what interests you: What do you tend to trace? Do you like certain shapes more than others? What about colors or textures?

And don't worry about doing this in public - everyone's walking around talking into phones mounted on the sides of their heads anyway - you won't look weird.

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