Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and excercises for gaining confidence and enhancing your creativity

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North Light Books, Nov 13, 2006 - Art - 192 pages
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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.


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Review: Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and Exercises for Gaining Confidence and Enhancing Creativity

User Review  - Brittany Sanford - Goodreads

Great exercises and technique for artist and doodlers. I used this for one of my art classes to help inspire and challenge me Read full review

Review: Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and Exercises for Gaining Confidence and Enhancing Creativity

User Review  - Shelley Lincoln-gibbs - Goodreads

As an art teacher, I find this book extremely useful. There are not lesson plans inside, but I have pulled many ideas and turned them into lesson plans to inspire creativity and help students feel more creative. Read full review


Drawing a New Reality
Stretching the Truth
Visualizing Ideas
Exploring Pattern
Exploring Themes

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About the author (2006)

A painter, teacher and illustrator, Bert Dodson is the author of the best-selling North Light book Keys to Drawing. He's illustrated more than 70 children's books and worked as an animation designer for the PBS series Intimate Strangers.

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