Unlike many hybrid methods of drawing that involve tracing objects and scenes from photographs, 3-D models and entourage files, the concept of visualizing an idea from your “minds eye” dates back to when we were all kids sketching with crayons on newsprint. Creating drawings from imagination is exactly as it states - using your creativity and imagination to put down on paper what you envision in your head!
The following series of drawings are from a book concept that I developed many years ago about how a lot of our life experiences involve physical spaces, products and even other people that are “fake” - created to represent something that they are not, both deliberately done and sometimes by accident. The story involves a young man named Larry Fisher (a projectionist in a movie theater), his dog Chips (people call them Fish and Chips) and his cross-country trip that exposed him to whacky relatives. Uncle Rich and Aunt Pearl live in a neighborhood where all homes are replicas of famous architecture. His college cousin Wheaton (friends call him Wheatie) lives in a tricked out dorm room and exercises in the Campus Health Center - an olympic venue with an indoor kayaking river, digital golf, surfing and tennis tournaments pitting man vs. machine! Larry’s adventure ends on the southern California coast visiting Grandpa Ripley (believe it or not) and a plastic surfaced ski resort where a full day pass gives you full access to the fake snow and ocean surfing. Elevators take you to the mountain top with clear views of the coastline.
Enjoy these images each drawn from imagination and then try creating some yourself!
To learn more about Drawing from Imagination, pick up Jim’s book Drawing Shortcuts Second Edition or visit www.drawingshortcuts.com.