Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Essentials


Doing some 'dooring' with a two-year old the other day, it was interesting to see how much, or how little, detail needed to be added to a picture before she recognised it. Adding a stalk to a blob turns it into an apple; gills are needed before a fish is a fish. Ears are the most important part of an animal's head. And in the case of a 'wa-wa', the exact shape of the ears determines whether it's a 'Heidi' or a 'Peanut' (or whatever your dogs happen to be called).

'Dooring' is a great way to remember what a splendid magic trick drawing actually is. And how good it can feel to be regarded as a magician! It's easy to forget.

Try to find a small accomplice for some 'dooring' soon, if you can.

7 comments:

lula cat said...

oh!
i love this!
I'm all over the idea of little detail and how one line can make such a difference!

painted fish studio said...

love this post! what a fun game to play with a little one...

Christine said...

Reading this post takes me back to drawing with a friend's son aged about 3 or 4. He was totally amazed that I could draw tractors and cars (he lived on a farm, so that was what interested him). Thanks for bringing that memory back to me.

Sherrin said...

thanks for the reminder :o) I don't 'door' with my kids nearly enough.

Freshly Found said...

But you are a magician at drawing! Even us grown ups KNOW that!

Wendren said...

Love the animals and the post is really interesting - so ears it is then. :)

Heloise Bottomley said...

I really enjoyed this post - a great exercise.