I’ve been thinking a lot about drawing from the imagination. That is a skill that I really hope to develop but it seems like the hardest drawing skill there is.
I do a lot of abstract drawings and sometimes they sort of look like things but I don’t consider the to be drawing from the imagination. Instead I see those drawings as reactions to abstraction.
For example, this week I continued working on doodling in the abstract watercolor paintings that I made last week.
There was a green one which I liked creating quite a bit. When I started doodling in it I quickly saw it as a bunch of space ships docked around some station or asteroid or something. The thing is I didn’t go into it intending to draw that. I saw the spaceships in the abstraction, like a Rorschach test, and then decided to try to doodle in that direction.
Another example of abstract reactions are the mountains I drew this week. I didn’t go into those intending to draw mountains. Instead I decided to just draw something with a bunch of short ballpoint lines and I started to see a rocky cliff face in the abstract drawing. From there I decided to play up that imagery.
In a way I feel like these kinds of doodles are more like play than drawing. You turn drawing into a game. As you play you get to see what happens. It’s a lot of fun and something I know I’ll continue to do. But I do also want to get to a point where I can sit down, imagine something, and then intentionally communicate it through drawing.