Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Finishing the First Chapter

Originally published on February 25th, 2016, at SharondaWoodfin.net.
Edited and republished at Sharonda.net on March 8th, 2017.
Added to SMWoodfin.WordPress.com on October 31st, 2017.

Is this your first visit to Sharonda.net? If so, this post isn’t a good place to start! This is the third post in a series on Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination. If you’re interested in reading the series, you should start by reading the introductory post, A Tale of Two Books: Dodson, Lowe, and a New Direction, followed by the introduction to this book, proper, Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Doodling and Noodling. Without those posts (the latter, in particular), this post won’t make much sense, and it certainly won’t present a fair take on the book.

Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination
Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination

It feels like it’s taken forever to get through this first chapter! The wife and I are busy, busy people, and I’ve had a hard time, over the past week, not only convincing her that we need to work from Dodson’s book, but convincing myself, as well.

With important things like dinner, comic books, and TV on our schedule, who has time to doodle???

We do, I suppose.

And once we got down to the doodling, Linda’s enthusiasm kicked in.

Mine still needed a bit of a jumpstart. I’ve doodled for forty-some years. I’ve done everything we were doing. Over and freaking over again.

I was bored and frustrated to the point that I found myself resisting doing the exercises in the book. Or at least resisting doing them as instructed. Which means that I didn’t benefit from this chapter as much as I potentially could have.

My doodles
These are some of the doodles I did while working through the first chapter of Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination. Note the heavy, black areas and the addition of of brush pens to our tool set. (See the previous post in this series for more notes on the tools and materials we’re using.)

Linda benefitted, though!

Linda's doodles
These are some of the doodles Linda made while working through the first chapter of Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination. Her work is light and energetic.

The more we work through this book, the more I find myself excited by her work, rather than my own, and the more I envy her light hand!

Maybe that’s where Dodson is going to take the two of us: Away from my more experienced, tainted-by-design, kill-it-with-ink approach, and toward her light, fresh, newly-discovered enthusiasm.

If that’s the case, it’s an exciting one.

That said, I’m looking forward to moving on to the next chapter, “Drawing a New Reality”, and hoping that it de-emphasizes doodling in favor of what my head insists – even if it shouldn’t – is “real drawing”. I’m ready to be challenged in a good way, and maybe get back to drawing things that matter to me.