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Draw with Confidence and Creativity
Creativity occurs in action: It is not a trait; it is something you do. To be creative, you need to engage in the art-making process. When you are in the flow, you shift out of the future and into the present, making connections, generating variations and surrendering to the process. Keys to Drawing With Imagination is a course for artists in how to take something, do something to it, and make something new.
Best-selling author Bert Dodson, author of the best-selling Keys to Drawing, is back with fun techniques and mind-stretching strategies to get you drawing better and more imaginatively than you ever have before. In every section, he offers you basic guidelines that help you channel your creative energies in the right direction. Before you know it, you'll lose yourself in the process, enjoying the experience as you create something gratifying and worthwhile.
The subjects covered in this hands-on book are as vast as the imagination itself. Through 36 exercises and 13 step-by-step demonstrations, you'll explore how to:
Take your doodling from mindless to masterful
Create your own reality by crumbling, melting or breaking objects
Flip the familiar on its ear to create something utterly original
Experiment with visual paradox and metaphor
Tell vivid stories through the details in your drawings
Play with patterns to create captivating compositions
Build your drawings by borrowing ideas from different cultures
Develop a theme in your work
Along the way, Dodson offers you priceless advice on the creative process culled from his 60 years of drawing and teaching. For additional inspiration and encouragement, he even includes the work of well-known artists. So what are you waiting for? Grab this book and start drawing You'll be amazed at what you can create.
Introduces more than forty entertaining exercises to help readers unlock the power of the imagination in an innovative guide that demystifies the often confusing creative process, accompanied by hundreds of sample illustrations by the author and other artists, including Maya Lin and R. Crumb. 20,000 first printing.
From Best-Selling Author of Keys to Drawing
Every artist wants to be more creative, and this book demystifies that often confusing process. There are dozens of exercises to help readers more fully engage their artwork and unlock the power of the imagination. Artists of all levels--working in every medium--will come away more confident and creative.