As a practice the other day I put a small bag (that I have dice in, I’m a roleplayer) on a table and decided to try to draw it.
My first strategy was to be very analytical about it. So, I tried to find “important” points on the bag, isolate shapes, measure to get the proportions right etc. To put in the left side-right side of the brain nomenclature I was very “leftish”.
The result was a disaster.
Then, I gave up, and just drew it. I loosely (and without much conscious measuring) drew the major shapes, and then tried to fill in the details (bigger first, smaller last). While I did some conscious measuring at the later stages (to make things fit), it wasn’t as much as my previous attempts.
This time, the result was …ok, not heaps better, but better. Most of all, it had more the feeling of a bag than the previous attempts.
Being the reflective person that I am, I started to think about this.
It could be that I, when loosening up, actually had an easier time judging proportions and how the object felt.
It could be that when drawing it a number of times first, I started to learn what the object actually looked like, and when relaxing it was easier to tap into that knowledge
I was just lucky the last time.
Either way, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the “relax and go by your guts” vs. “intellectual analysis” dichotomy of drawing.
(And yes, I know, it’s not that clear cut, but you get what I mean)