Nearsighted Artist Finds Simple Form Under Overwhelming Detail!

Hazel Drawn With Form

Hazel as seen without my eye glasses.

This is my cat Hazel drawn with shape only. It looks like a drawing of a rough clay model of a cat now, but with just a few details it could look much more realistic.

My Current Understanding Of Detail

  • Use a few details to convey subtle points of interest, or to create one spot for the eye to come back too as it takes in the drawing, and drawings hum with life.
  • Use to many and drawings look overwhelmed.

A Secret Drawing Tool – Nearsightedness

I’m extremely nearsighted, so all I do is take off my glasses and all details are merged into the underlying form. If you’re nearsighted and have never tried drawing like this, get ready for a delightful experience.

(Caution: Drawing without your glasses might give you headache from trying to focus your eyes. You’ll learn how to “not focus” after a few sessions though.)

(I’m sorry, but all you non-nearsighted folks have to squint to see shape!)

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About Carol

I'm an artist, an accidental author, and lover of life. I grew up in Yorktown, Indiana, and I've been writing this website since 1999.
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