Seeing is believing. But what if we can not trust what we see? 

For a while now, I have been fascinated by a book by Betty Edwards: “Drawing on the Right side of the Brain”. In the publication she brings out an example of Shepard tables, claiming that the tops of the tables are equal in shape and size. Do you agree just by looking at the image? To verify, you can trace one top on a paper and then rotate it and place it on the other. 

Shepard tables illusion, named for its creator Roger N. Shepard

“It’s not about doubting everything that comes through our senses. It’s about looking for our blind spots, with the goal of becoming better thinkers. It can also help with empathy. When other people misperceive reality, we may not agree with their interpretation, but we can understand where it comes from.”

Brian Resnick

Few days ago I stumbled upon an interesting article by Brian Resnick. It is about optical illusions and it brought out a valuable point about the necessity of understanding the tricks the brain makes: “It’s not about doubting everything that comes through our senses. It’s about looking for our blind spots, with the goal of becoming better thinkers. It can also help with empathy. When other people misperceive reality, we may not agree with their interpretation, but we can understand where it comes from.”

Therefore drawing as a perceptual skill makes it a great tool for thinking and maximising the use of our brain’s capacity. Also it could be used as a flashlight for revealing the blind spots and brain’s pranks.

My wish is that in some day drawing is as important in the educational system like learning to read or mathematics. That after few times of getting the perspective wrong on paper, children would not be classified as untalented. Somehow with reading, we do not consider talent being an issue. 

A week ago I finished the first long drawing course “Language of the Lines”, lasting for two months. I am very grateful for all the dedicated students. Their yearn for learning motivated me to find better ways to pass on the skill and continue sharing my excitement for drawing.

For those who are interested in that valuable skill, but doubtful of diving in deep, then I have created a 3-hour course for igniting the flame, a passion for drawing: “Language of the Lines: The Spark”. The main purposes are to get over the fear of a blank paper, dissolve past misunderstandings and through sketching seeing a reality as it is, not as it appears to be.

Starting from January 2023 

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