The “before” drawing is me thinking with my head and the “after” is me thinking with my heart.
As part of a task for a 3-day Creategy (Creative Strategy) course run by University of Cape Town back in the day, the “before” picture, which I picked up on Google, accurately sums up my attempt on that day when the lecturer said: “Draw your hand.”
Clearly, I’m no Picasso.
The “after” picture happened when I switched off my brain. In the exercise, we were taught to switch off the logical, judgemental, “you can’t do this” part of our brains and trust our natural ability to create something beyond what we thought was possible for ourselves. Suddenly, I was an artist! Without thinking, some other mechanism kicked in as I got into the flow of creating something I didn’t think was possible in me.
As a side note, anybody can do this and here’s the trick…
Choose any object you’d like to draw. For 20 minutes, draw it while LOOKING AWAY from the paper you’re drawing on. Yes, you’ll be drawing scribbles, but your mind doesn’t know that. It’s paying attention to the details of said object and not caring about what you’re doing on the paper. The self-criticism is switched off and you get so caught up in the details of your hand that you forget everything else. You get into flow.
After twenty minutes, draw it again, this time looking at the paper when you’re drawing. You’ll notice that your mind automatically remembers the details and you’re creating from an entirely different space.