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The Internet and curiosity

In drawings, How we learn and think, Sketchnoting, Visual Thinking on October 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

ImageI love the serendipity of the Internet. I was Googling for camping spaces in Albuquerque and somehow I came across a vacation Bible school camp for kids that involved drawing with Draw Squad’s own Mark Kistler. . . in Albuquerque. And in that post, which I continued to read, not because I was interested in VBS but because I am interested in the way Kistler teaches, it mentioned a book for adults who want to learn to draw 3D objects. So, of course, since there was a link to the book and it led to Amazon, I ordered the book, You can draw in 30 days. This is Lesson 3. . . of 28. Each lesson is 20 minutes or less. I’ve graduated from spheres to cubes and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m not going to peek ahead.

But so far, even though I’m drawing the exact objects that he says to draw, I’m learning a lot about what makes an image 3 dimensional. For my artist friends. . . well you are so far beyond me and will likely remain. I don’t need to try to impress you. But for those of you who say you can’t draw. . . this is yet another lesson to the contrary. I’m sure that this will enhance my sketchnoting.

I might post more, say when we get into 2 point perspective . . . or maybe sooner. And I’m learning to love pencils again.

Oh, I really wandered off. How would I have learned about this book if I hadn’t wandered off then, drawn by something bright and shiny in the corner of my eye? If our search engines get too smart, what will that mean for this kind of serendipity, fueled by mild curiosity?