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Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and excercises for gaining confidence and enhancing your creativity

Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and excercises for gaining confidence and enhancing your creativity [Kindle Edition]

Bert Dodson
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This is a fun, hands-on book packed with genuinely helpful tips and advice. If you're looking to use your imagination the this is an insightul tone. --Corel Painter

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Draw with Confidence and Creativity!

Creativity occurs in action: It is not a trait; it is something you do. To be creative, you need to engage in the art-making process. When you are "in the flow," you shift out of the future and into the present, making connections, generating variations and surrendering to the process. Keys to Drawing With Imagination is a course for artists in how to take something, do something to it, and make something new.

Best-selling author Bert Dodson, author of the best-selling Keys to Drawing, is back with fun techniques and mind-stretching strategies to get you drawing better and more imaginatively than you ever have before. In every section, he offers you basic guidelines that help you channel your creative energies in the right direction. Before you know it, you'll lose yourself in the process, enjoying the experience as you create something gratifying and worthwhile.

The subjects covered in this hands-on book are as vast as the imagination itself. Through 36 exercises and 13 step-by-step demonstrations, you'll explore how to:

  • Take your doodling from mindless to masterful
  • Create your own reality by crumbling, melting or breaking objects
  • Flip the familiar on its ear to create something utterly original
  • Experiment with visual paradox and metaphor
  • Tell vivid stories through the details in your drawings
  • Play with patterns to create captivating compositions
  • Build your drawings by borrowing ideas from different cultures
  • Develop a theme in your work
Along the way, Dodson offers you priceless advice on the creative process culled from his 60 years of drawing and teaching. For additional inspiration and encouragement, he even includes the work of well-known artists. So what are you waiting for? Grab this book and start drawing! You'll be amazed at what you can create.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34082 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (13 Nov 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GLN2YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book on creative drawing 3 Feb 2010
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
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Keys to Drawing with Imagination is a book that focuses on the thinking, more specifically on thinking differently and conjuring ideas. The many short concise exercises provided comes with practical tips that you can mix and match on your own. He makes drawing fun with the interesting and stimulating exercises.

For beginners, well, this is not a technical drawing technique book with step-by-step tutorials, so you won't learn any technical drawing skills.

This book can be picked up at any time to any page for some inspiration, no matter how many times you've read it before.

It's recommended to artists who want to have more fun and freedom with their art, or who have constant drawing blocks.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually and mentally stimulating 19 Jan 2008
I took a chance on this one since there is no 'look inside' option and I don't buy a book without knowing something more than just what the cover looks like. It's my first drawing book and I love it. Just looking through it is a real pleasure. It's packed full of exercises, after first giving some excellent examples of what can be done. If doodling, noodling, and letting your imagination fly with a pencil is what you are after, this is an excellent buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Tool 6 Mar 2010
By Madarty
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This an excellent tool for both amateur and professional artist alike, we all go through a dry period, where try as we may inspiration doesn't flow, "Key to Drawing with Imagination" sets out, in small easily read chucks, tips, tools and exercises to stimulate the imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius 7 Jan 2011
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I receieved this book today, and I've just sat down with a cup of coffee for half and hour and browsed through it, and I just have to write a review. I have a load of books on art technique, and this is completely different from any art book I've ever seen. It doesn't really deal with HOW to draw, more about WHAT to draw, and in ways that will create true art. It is inspirational, because it shows you how to inspire yourself. The whole of the first chapter is devoted to doodling - giving ideas as to how you could develop simple doodling into a work of art. I've never seen doodling in an art technique book before! The suggestions look great fun, and this sense of fun runs through the whole book. It inspires you to create your own individual style but gives you lots of ideas to stimulate that creation. If you want a 'drawing techniques' book, this isn't it - but there are hundreds of books out there that deal with basic techniques. I think the concept of this book is a work of genius, it's unique and exciting. Now, Mr.Dodson is a professional artist, and other artists are also featured in the book. They clearly have a lot of technical skill and if you try some of the more complex ideas suggested, your results may well not be quite as good as the examples shown. But, even so, I bet you'll enjoy the process of doing them! For those seeking inspiration to draw, I cannot recommend this book enough.
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