Today was a mini-revelation. Listening to someone telling you that turning something upside down makes drawing it yourself easier is one thing. Experiencing it, is a whole different ball-game!
Youtube. Betty Edwards. That's all you need to know when it comes to what exactly went down today. After watching plenty of her sixty-minutes-plus video (completely free, because Youtube) I found out about how the two sides of my brain play a part in drawing and how memorizing something in words can be detrimental to drawing ("Que??"). Then I really wanted to try out her upside-down exercise using Picasso's portrait of Igor Stravinsky. Here's the first sheet of the day:
Here is the original Stravinsky portrait:
And a close-up of mine following the upside-down experiment:
Granted, he does look like he has been through a rather gruesome industrial accident involving blades and powerful machinery but at least he somewhat resembles the original. You can seriously try this right now at home and you would be surprised with the result!
Of course, every day needs two sheets of drawings to be complete! So, being the troll that I am I wanted to apply the upside-down experiment to something else:
Frixos Masouras - 2014