Seeing Things Differently

This little scene between Konrad and his younger sister, Liesel, was inspired by a phrase prompt (entirely an artist’s eye) from the WriYe DreamWidth, as well as a conversation I had with a friend of mine at church about the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.


“How do you do that?”

Liesel blinked and looked up at her brother.  Then, she looked back down at the picture she’d been drawing.  Turning back to Konrad, she tilted her head curiously to one side.  “How do I do what?” she asked, shaking her head.  “Draw?  I’ve had lots of lessons, Brother.”

Konrad settled down beside her and sighed.  “That person is completely out of your imagination,” he said, his voice soft.  “When I do that, all my people look the same.  That’s not just a matter of your lessons.  You’re doing something different than me.”

“Oh,” Liesel said.  Then she blinked as she tried to figure out how to answer the question.  “Little babies recognize faces,” she said, her voice soft.  “It’s something we learn from our cradle.  You see eyes, a nose, a mouth and ears and you see a face.”

“Yeah,” Konrad said, his voice soft.

Frowning, Liesel shook her head.  “In order to draw people, an artist has to forget that.  An eye can’t be an eye.  It has to be… a depression, a hollow space with shadows.”  She shrugged and looked back at her drawing.  “Once you can forget that those components are features on a face, they become combinations of shapes.  You can change them up more easily and get more variety in your artwork.”

Konrad nodded and then ruffled her hair.  “You really do see things differently, Liesel,” he said, his voice soft.  “I never would have thought of it that way before.  Thank you.”

“You’re welcome, Brother,” Liesel said.  Then she turned her attention back to her drawing.  Drawing was always relaxing for her, especially when she drew people out of her imagination.

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