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The science of drawing

From: 21-Day Drawing Challenge

Video: The science of drawing

I want to share an analogy with you about drawing, because I think it explains There are four ways a person can intake information in order to make decisions.

The science of drawing

I want to share an analogy with you about drawing, because I think it explains the important correlation between drawing and the formation of creative ideas. When you use a taxi, you do so because you need to move from point A to point B. It's a vehicle that'll carry you to the correct destination. And drawing is like a taxi for your ideas. When you draw out ideas, the drawings act like a visual vehicle, a taxi, that takes your thinking for a ride, and delivers it to the next logical, or illogical stage of thinking.

Drawing, in combination with free thinking, is how you discover clever ideas. And there is a scientific reason for this. 75% of your brain's sensory processing is dedicated to visual information. The majority of your brain's processing capacity is visually oriented. The rest of your senses, smell, touch, hearing, and taste combined, make up a mere 25%.

So we're prewired to think visually. A study published in the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology found that doodling improves cognition skills, your thinking, and memory recall by at least 30%. Drawing keeps the brain processing without affecting performance on the main task at hand. Drawing is a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus.

This is good news for anyone who doodles during phone calls, meetings, or even in my case, church services. Drawing also enhances learning. There are four ways a person can intake information in order to make decisions. They are, visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic, or learning by doing. In order for your brain to start learning, at least two of these modalities have to be engaged.

Maybe you like listening to classical music when you write, or at least one modality engaged associated with an emotional response. Maybe you read a great book and it makes you smile. Here's the beautiful truth though. When you draw, you engage all four modalities at the same time, and the more you draw, the more you'll enjoy it and you'll have the emotional response as well. Drawing is a super charger for problem solving, whether it's a graphic or a new marketing plan.

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21-Day Drawing Challenge

63 video lessons · 12533 viewers

Von Glitschka
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 9m 38s
    1. Anyone can draw
      1m 49s
    2. The science of drawing
      2m 53s
    3. About the challenges
      1m 55s
    4. The tools you'll need
      3m 1s
  3. 1h 10m
    1. Day 1 challenge: The cat's meow
      1m 0s
    2. Day 1 solution: The cat's meow
      2m 14s
    3. Day 2 challenge: Drawing the line
      1m 12s
    4. Day 2 solution: Drawing the line
      2m 48s
    5. Day 3 challenge: Draw what you see
      1m 0s
    6. Day 3 solution: Draw what you see
      2m 31s
    7. Day 4 challenge: Give yourself a high five
      1m 3s
    8. Day 4 solution: Give yourself a high five
      2m 21s
    9. Day 5 challenge: Refinement drawing
      1m 10s
    10. Day 5 solution: Refinement drawing
      3m 32s
    11. Day 6 challenge: Get Cubistic
      54s
    12. Day 6 solution: Get Cubistic
      1m 49s
    13. Day 7 challenge: What do you like?
      35s
    14. Day 7 solution: What do you like?
      2m 36s
    15. Day 8 challenge: Drawing a light source
      1m 5s
    16. Day 8 solution: Drawing a light source
      2m 49s
    17. Day 9 challenge: Man-made drawing
      55s
    18. Day 9 solution: Man-made drawing
      2m 8s
    19. Day 10 challenge: Doodle sheet
      58s
    20. Day 10 solution: Doodle sheet
      3m 17s
    21. Day 11 challenge: Draw a monster
      39s
    22. Day 11 solution: Draw a monster
      1m 25s
    23. Day 12 challenge: Metaphorical or literal approach
      1m 25s
    24. Day 12 solution: Metaphorical or literal approach
      2m 48s
    25. Day 13 challenge: Tell a visual story
      49s
    26. Day 13 solution: Tell a visual story
      2m 20s
    27. Day 14 challenge: Reality is boring, so distort it
      1m 8s
    28. Day 14 solution: Reality is boring, so distort it
      2m 8s
    29. Day 15 challenge: Boxing dinosaurs
      56s
    30. Day 15 solution: Boxing dinosaurs
      1m 35s
    31. Day 16 challenge: Drawing design
      1m 10s
    32. Day 16 solution: Drawing design
      3m 9s
    33. Day 17 challenge: Window to the soul
      1m 0s
    34. Day 17 solution: Window to the soul
      2m 33s
    35. Day 18 challenge: Cardboard doodles
      1m 16s
    36. Day 18 solution: Cardboard doodles
      40s
    37. Day 19 challenge: Face your fears
      42s
    38. Day 19 solution: Face your fears
      1m 8s
    39. Day 20 challenge: Live drawing
      1m 4s
    40. Day 20 solution: Live drawing
      2m 30s
    41. Day 21 challenge: A self-portrait
      1m 26s
    42. Day 21 solution: A self-portrait
      2m 27s
  4. 2m 32s
    1. Drawing: A good creative habit
      2m 32s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inspiring drawers
      27s
    2. Kate Bingaman-Burt
      1m 52s
    3. John Beatty
      1m 58s
    4. Mike Cressy
      1m 58s
    5. Joey Ellis
      2m 46s
    6. Oleg Tischenkov
      2m 16s
    7. Diana Koehne
      2m 24s
    8. Dave Savage
      2m 39s
    9. Jeff Welborn
      3m 36s
    10. Mattias Adolfsson
      2m 16s
    11. Denise Gallagher
      3m 26s
    12. Dave Pasciuto
      2m 19s
    13. Savannah Glitschka
      3m 21s
  6. 59s
    1. Next steps
      59s

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