Hard work is valued in society. Going with your work at an aggressive pace is an admirable quality that enables you to achieve your goals.
However, the phrase “working hard” is slowly being replaced by “working smart.”
Hard work does not lessen the hours spent at your job. In fact, working hard is inefficient because it entails you to put in more hours at the office.
Most importantly, hard work does not necessarily make you reach your goals. You can spend hours of working hard, but unless your hard work is actually working and paying off, then all your effort is for nothing.
On the other hard, working smart is everything that working hard isn’t. It’s efficient and it works, plain and simple.
The secret of working smart depends on how the person organizes the tasks at hand, the ability to delegate the responsibilities to the right people, and automating the process to make the production faster. Here’s a post at Dumb Little Man for more ideas on how to work smart.
What does this have to do with “smart drawing?”
The same concept goes with drawing. You can just keep drawing and drawing until your hands hurt. You have to ensure that your technique is improving every time you create new drawings. Smart drawing can be achieved by learning different skills and applying them to your artworks.
More importantly, smart drawing is mastering your right hemisphere, the half of the brain responsible for processing images as seen by the eye!
This is reason why Betty Edwards wrote Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, arguably the most important book ever published about drawing. Ms. Edwards discusses the relationship of your right hemisphere to your drawing and trains you how to master this side of the brain through various exercises and lessons.
What you should do to learn “smart drawing?”
Order a copy of Betty Edwards’ book to full understand what it means to master the right side of the brain and how ti relates to drawing well. Click here to buy a copy of Drawing of the Right Side of the Brain!
If you already have the book, have done all the exercises available in that book, and still feel more lessons and exercises to train the right hemisphere of your brain…then you should order the Drawn to Success Study Guide E-Book.
Written by “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot, this e-book is a supplementary guide to Edwards’ best-selling book. It contains additional exercises that simplifies the principles and ideas presented by Edward in her book. The exercises in Karen’s e-book are used in Sheridan College to teach beginners on how to draw well.
Click here to get yourself a copy of the Drawn to Success e-book.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach to learning how to draw well, then we have something for you as well!
The Brain Splitting for Better Drawings course is part of the Drawn to Success Portfolio Building Boot Camp taught by Karen and illustrator Garth Laidlaw. The purpose of the boot camp is to help students create stronger artworks for their portfolio to increase their chances of getting into college.
This particular course is personally taught by Karen and teaches students how to master the right hemisphere of the brain through different exercises and lessons. The course takes place in July 8-10 at 11am-5pm in Karen’s studio at Guelph, ON. To order this course, click on the BUY NOW button below.
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