A Girl (part one)

A Girl (part one)

This is the first part of our demonstration. We had three sessions.

The topic under discussion is how to access the right side of the brain. The theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained. But I am of the opinion that both sides exist in all of us and with a little bit of practice we can all access the right side in ourselves.

This tutorial demonstrates techniques to master when illustrating, in this case a charming photo taken by Marta Everest. Know that you can!

A Girl (part two)

A Girl (part two)

This is the second part of our tutorial on how to access and train the right side of your brain.

How was this classic dichotomy born and how much truth is there to it?

This concept of brain specialization was researched by a surgeon Joseph Bogen; Robert Ornstein, author of The Psychology of Consciousness; and Roger Sperry, the psychobiologist who conducted landmark “split brain” experiments, that earned him the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1981. These award-winning experiments demonstrated significant differences in the mental capabilities of the brain’s two hemispheres. The left hemisphere was shown to be logical, analytic, quantitative, rational and verbal, whereas the right hemisphere was revealed to be conceptual, holistic, intuitive, imaginative and non-verbal. I have had students over the years who were strong left-brained who learned how to activate their right sides. It is possible with a little bit of discipline, training and practice. Believe it, you can draw!

A Girl (part three)

A Girl (part three)

This is the third, and last part of our tutorial on how to access and train the right side of your brain.

Having personally witnessed my students over many years I have concluded that creativity resides in both sides of the brain.

The link to the right brain is obvious. It shows curiosity, synergy, experimentation, metaphoric thinking, playfulness, solution finding, artistry, flexibility, future oriented, welcoming of change. But, it requires different mental processes which are left sided to realise the vision such as rational processes of analysis and logic.

Let us now finish our project: an illustration based on a photo which we are creating upside down.

Rosehip

Rosehip

Sometimes we just feel like using more than the conventional! See how I created a background using spray paint!

You are welcome to use my illustration to start with.

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