In This Chapter

^ Realizing the magic of drawing

^ Learning that drawing is seeing

^ Looking through the barriers

^ Understanding the two sides to every brain

When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.

—Robert Henri, The Art Spirit (1923)

You may think of drawing as something magical, maybe even as something beyond your grasp or understanding. But drawing is really an elemental skill, one that you can learn with no more effort than learning to walk, ride a bike—or even tie your shoes!

Quite simply, drawing is a way of showing others what and how you see. Even at its most basic stage, drawing is about seeing the miracle of all things, of admiring the essential poetry in things. Viewed this way, drawing isn't any more magical than anything else— it's simply part of the larger magic that is life itself.

A way of using lines to convey meaning, drawing is one of the most basic ways to communicate. Today, we know that drawing preceded the written word—and it may have preceded spoken language as well. For early humans, drawing was as essential a response to life as

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