HOW TO SEEBE CREATIVEGYM R TA BE SEE - WINTER 2011 -
SEE TODAY• see discussion - the basics• see exercise 1 - visual dominance• see exercise 2 - self-portrait• see exercise 3 - visual thinking strategies• see exercise 4 - negative space puzzle• see exercise 5 - touch contour drawing
see | discussionSEEING BASICS• STEROSCOPIC VISION• RIGHT OR LEFT EYED• UNPURE PROCESSING• INCULTURED SEEING• SELECTED VIEW• REALITY IS PERCEPTION
the actual what your image the eye eye sees the brainSEEING... the ﬁnal image?
see | exercise 1DETERMINING VISUAL DOMINANCEARE YOU RIGHT OR LEFT EYED?With both eyes open, stretch out your arm and pointwith a ﬁnger to a distant corner of the room, keepingboth eyes open.Remain in this position and close one eye.Then alternate.One eye will better match what you’re pointing at…this is your leading eye.
DUCK or RABBIT?Culture, language, experiences act as prisms to bend and shape how we process what we see.
NECKER CUBEIs the green colored side projecting out in the forefront, or receding to the back?
YOUNG GIRL or OLD LADY? We see what we want to see.
REVERSING STAIRCASEDo the last two panels of this staircase make a step up or a step down?
SEEING...is about looking beyond your mind’s eyeDon’t believe what you see!Understanding the relationship between what you see and whatyou know goes beyond the physical. It is about awareness,discovery, perception, and the limits personal context imposes onour ability to really see.Let’s ﬁrst understand how we see; re-learn how to see; how to openour mind’s eye and work around inherent bias.
see | exercise 2BLIND CONTOUR SELF-PORTRAITPark yourself in front of a mirror. Draw theoutline of your face without looking at yourpaper. The end result doesnt matter - whatis important is carefully observing thesubject. Avoid lifting the pencil from thepaper so that the line is as continuous aspossible, and most importantly, DONTPEEK! Dont rush. Concentrate on observingevery little detail. Things may be out ofproportion, but it’s likely that the drawingwill turn out better than if you were lookingat the paper.
see | exercise 3VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIESVisual thinking strategies is about ﬁnding meaning in imagery. Bydiscussing visual images, contextual interpreting, speculating, analyzing,categorizing, and questioning, visual literacy skills are employed. It’sabout how to communicate and how to think creatively and critically.Spend ten minutes looking at each image that follows and answer thefollowing questions as you look: • What’s going on in this picture? • What do you see that makes you say that? • What more can you ﬁnd?
Why Bother With Negative Space? Negative space is a useful technique for accurate observation. Othertricks include drawing upside down. These two tricks are useful because it forces you to STOP using yourMIND and start using 100% of your EYES. FACE or VASE Shapes shape other shapes. What we look at is just as important/relevant as what we don’t look at.
KANIZSA TRIANGLEThe Kanizsa triangle is an optical illusion. A white equilateral triangle is perceived, but in fact none is drawn.This eﬀect is known as a subjective or illusory contour.
see | exercise 4NEGATIVE SPACE PUZZLEFollow the directions on the following pages to practice seeingnegative space.Be mindful about drawing the shapes around the shape, versusthe shape itself.
see | exercise 5TOUCH CONTOUR DRAWINGLet’s activate other sensory skills to “see.”Place a small object in your non-writinghand without knowing what it is andwithout looking at it.Now ‘see’ with your hands/touch. Slowlyand carefully feel your way around thecontours of the object.Put your pencil to paper and without liftingit from the page, draw the contours of theobject you are holding.Repeat with two diﬀerent objects.