Develop your mind by drawings!
Learning to draw pictures from your imagination can be very useful, because you are not only learning to draw the stuff that you are imagining, you are building up your art style at the same time and this is the key ingredient of any artist.
About this site
Hello, my name is Serge E. Mikhailov. I like to draw…
Several years ago, I taught my daughter Helen how to draw. But she had a problem with her imagination and she asked me what to draw.
I drew a circle and asked my daughter, “What is this?”
She drew a smile.
What else? Hm… Button, sun, earth, pipe...
So, the method of association could awake her imagination! Then, I decided to make software that could help people to develop their imagination through the drawing process. This software you can see on this site www.hohohu.com. There, you can challenge your imagination and draw different images on the screen of your computer! You also will be able to see what other people draw and receive the drawings in your mail box!
How to learn to draw?
The mistake that kids (and other beginners) make when they draw, they draw in a hurry. They want to make a picture within several seconds. That won’t work. When you draw, draw slowly, step-by-step, focus on every detail. The drawing of the patterns is meditative process, you will experience calm and peace of your mind, and it will increase your energy and imagination. Imagination considered a power of the mind, a creative faculty. More you practice, better your imagination is.
The other problem the beginners-artists make, they draw the dirty and not complete
pictures. One mistake can spoil the entire drawing! With my book “First Steps: NeoWhimsies:
NeoPopRealism Ink Drawing for Beginners”, I will show you the ways to draw withan
an ink pen, without eraser. However, every your picture would be the finished artwork
and ready for the framing and displaying!
First you will draw the line, which creates the abstract or image of any object - butterfly, mushroom, apple, egg, etc. Then, you will divide a subject of your drawing into sections and then, you will fill these sections with different ornaments and repetitive patterns, using your imagination... My book offers nine different drawing projects and special pages where you will draw together with me. All you need for your success!
Recently, I have illustrated a teaching/ learning book "First Steps: NeoWhimsies: NeoPopRealism Ink Drawing for Beginners", ISBN: 978-0615641553, published by the NeoPopRealism PRESS.
With this book, I will show you that everyone can learn how to draw. However, the level of your drawing will depend on the capability for work, you skills and your imagination.
Developing the active imagination will be useful in any phase of life, career, or project. It is especially helpful in developing new ideas for writers and artists and others who deal in ideas. There are four steps which will help to understand the process more thoroughly.
"Imagination," says Webster, "can frame things which are not." Henry Ward Beecher tells us that "it is the very secret and marrow of civilization." Sir Benjamin Brodie (one of the presidents of the Royal Society) says, "The imagination ... . is the noblest attribute of man; the source of poetic genius, the instrument of discovery in Science, without the aid of which Newton would never have invented fluxions, nor Davy have de-composed the earths and alkalies, nor would Columbus have found another continent." This sweeping statement forms the text upon which Professor Tyndall based his famous article on "The Scientific Use of the Imagination," in the course of which he says : "Out of the facts of chemistry the constructive imagination of Dalton formed the atomic theory. Davy was richly endowed with the imaginative faculty, while with Faraday its exercise was incessant, preceding, accompanying, and guiding all his experiments. His strength and fertility as a discoverer is to be referred in great part to the stimulus of his imagination The final form of the Pyramid expressed the thought of the human builder."
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1. You must first stop the logical mind to give your unconscious a chance to come into play.
2. The unconscious will begin to function in fantasies, images, and emotions. Have pen and paper handy and write these down.
3. The ego will step up. There will be judgment of the material that has been written.
4. Conclusions are drawn and acted on.
Consciousness is forever correcting, helping, interfering, and never leaving the physic to grow in peace. You must come up with a way to set the critical, judging conscious ego aside. The ego must learn to observe uncritically, alert, but not filtering. It begins by observing quietly how the fantasy develops. An example of how the conscious interferes with active imagination is: You plant a row of trees and worry that the roots are not getting enough nutrients, and you dig them up to check. That's what the ego does to the growth process it intends to nurture.
To begin to develop your active imagination, you can carry a small pad around with you to make note of any fantasy of the imagination. Notice the ego's reaction. A ritual can help get into an imaginative mode. Maybe sitting alone in a quiet peaceful place will open your unconscious mind to day dreaming and fantasy.
Jung wrote,"The creative activity of imagination frees man from his bondage to the 'nothing but' and raises him to the status of one who plays." This is the status that must be reached before active imagination can begin. When the unconscious is heard, it's important to give it expression. There is nothing more damaging to the psyche than self deception. you can deceive your neighbor or your spouse but when you deceive yourself you become the victim of your unacknowledged inferiority's.
Once the voice of the unconscious is heard, the ego can confront it. From this moment on we can speak of an active imagination. Now is the time the ego's questions, doubts, and judgment will set in. It becomes critical that the ego recognize the inner event as being safe and real as an outer event. The conscious ego is like a watch dog guarding the gate. He has to know and trust the person to let him in. The ego has to confront the unconscious with the limitations and conditions of the human world. The unconscious recognizes the reality of their own world but are unaware of human reality until the ego informs them.
Now a relationship can be formed between the conscious and the active imagination. From the play as a child we have come to the realization of our inner life and how we can appreciate the influence it has on our ego and imagination by helping us make better decisions to lead a more fruitful, inspired life.
What this means to me is that you can use your imagination to create what your future can become. Challenge yourself to make your life match your vision. It does not matter what your current situation or circumstance is - you can use your imagination to transcend any situation that does not match your imagined destiny.
The key to developing imagination lies in developing capacity for divergent thinking problems or open-ended problems. Imagination is what we often refer to as divergent thinking also. Some of the basic principles involved in designing such problems and activities are as follows:
Design open-ended problems pertaining to the learning style of the child.
Gradually increase the complexity of the problems.
Complexity of the problems may be enhanced by designing difficult problems in one or multi intelligence situations.