In This Chapter

^ Seeing as a child ^ Beginning to draw ^ Copying a complicated drawing ^ Exercises to get you started

To see itself is a creative operation, requiring an effort. Everything that we see in our daily life is more or less distorted by acquired habits. The effort needed to see things without distortion takes something very like courage.

—Henri Matisse

Young children live in a wonderful world of direct experience and response, where they "see" the world without a lot of the logic and analysis that we develop as adults. Instead, children see as artists do, using the right side of their brains, where pictures are more important than language.

In this chapter, you'll return to your childhood. You'll rediscover the child's way of seeing that you lost as you grew older—and you'll rediscover the joy of making pictures that come straight from the right side of your brain.

Maybe you've always wanted to draw. Or maybe you drew a lot as a child without thinking, and then grew frustrated as you got older (and more judgmental) and gave it up. The fact is, when you were a child you were unworried about your drawing—you just did it. Having everything "correct" didn't bother you much; you had your own ideas about what you wanted to draw and that was enough.

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