I want to show you the drawings I did from my new book, Drawing with Imagination, by Bert Dodson. I’m really delighted with this book. For ages I could only find drawing books that bored me – and now I have three that I LOVE and that cover different areas of drawing. Danny Gregory’s The Creative License is about drawing from the visual world, and I’ve written about that book in more detail in this post. The other one of the three which I have also written about, is Fast Sketching Techniques. Now I’m happy. But if YOU have a drawing book that I haven’t mentioned, I’d love to hear about it.
My new book “Drawing from the Imagination”, starts with doodles. Anyone can do that! Throughout the book, there are constant exercises, and plenty of examples to illustrate some options for you. The first exercise was to do six doodles. I’ve combined three of mine. By doing a number of drawings of the same type, I find that I’m constantly making decisions about balance and composition, among other things. I’m already longing to get into colour, but I’ve restrained myself so far. As well as just doing the exercises, Dodson encourages the artist to innovate, and to build on the innovation.
The second group of exercises is some more complex doodles. I’m working on those now. You musn’t imagine, even for a minute, that this book is just about doodling. Not at all. That’s just to get you started. From there, you go on to all manner of interesting drawings. Imaginary figures, for example. I can’t wait to move on, but I’m just taking it easy and doing the simple exercises first, to get the most out of the book. I think it’s got a lot to teach me.
The last drawing, I did last night in front of the television. It’s the first drawing of exercise 2. That’s one terrific thing about drawing from the imagination. It comes from inside your head, so you don’t have to look at what you’re drawing.