#011 DPC: The vase/faces exercise to mess with your head

#011 DPC: The vase/faces exercise to mess with your head

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Oopsie. I'm sorry my favourite Scatchers for the delayed post. I had a hard weekend so didn't manage to write you one yesterday. But I'm back and bringing you a new exercise. So I will just stop the annoying blah-blah and let's dive into that.

Learning to draw has many advantages, one of them is to understand your brain better - for example, working with the left or right part of the brain and figuring out how these two modes compete and cooperate.  

So here is a quick exercise designed to illustrate the mental conflict that can occur between right and left mode.

This is a famous optical illusion drawing, called "Vase/Faces" by Betty Edwards because it can be seen as either two facing profiles or as a vase in the centre.  Our exercise today is to complete the drawing.

sneak peek into the working sheet

As usual, I prepared a working sheet for you. This time, we have a slight difference. There is a version for right handed(RH) and for left handed(LH) people. Only Procreate and PSD versions have it per layers inside of the file already.

And now, here are the steps to have today's fun:

  1. Download the working sheet in the format you need (or print it)
  2. Redraw the profile already printed. Just take your pencil and go over the lines, naming the parts as you go, like this: " Forehead... nose... upper lip... lower lip... chin and neck."  Even do this a second time, really thinking to yourself what those names mean.
  3. Then, go to the other side and start to draw the missing profile that will complete the symmetrical vase.
  4. When you come to some certain point in drawing the second profile, perhaps somewhere around the lower forehead or nose, you may begin to experience a sense of conflict or confusion.  Try to continue drawing through this moment of conflict, self observing as you draw to become aware of how you solve the problem.

The conflict is your brain struggling with the way things ‘should’ look and the way they really look – the exercise requires a shift from verbal descriptions to a non-verbal, purely visual perception of the world, and this is central to good drawing.

And here are the files:

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Once you are done, don't be shy and share it with us below in the comments that we can see all the different ideas and approaches.

Have fun and stay Scatchy!💜

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