On this lil episode it’s book time, as I take a peek inside Keys To Drawing With Imagination, by Bert Dodson; from what I’ve seen so far, this appears to be another highly inspiring how to draw book from the master that is, Bert Dodson.
I go through the book chapter by chapter, flicking through the pages, giving my initial impressions, while sharing some of my personal experiences of trying to bring my own custom character lilSOPHIE to life; drawing from your imagination requires a totally different skill set to drawing what you see, but I have a feeling this book’s going to help make the journey a lot more fun :)
Oh, and I got a proper recording microphone at last :) So hopefully the audio will sound much better from now on, it even came with a fancy stand … makes me feel like a professional now lol
Hope you enjoy this one. If you have thoughts about the book, or any questions/topics you’d like discussed on the show, please get in touch. You can message me down the bottom of this page, or by sending me an email
This weeks Inspirational
Quote, sorry, Song :) goes to Burl Ives
“HORACE THE HORSE ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND
WENT UP AND DOWN, ROUND AND ROUND
HE’S BEEN SAD SINCE THE DAY HE FOUND
HE’S THE VERY LAST HORSE ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND
THE MUSIC BEGAN AND AWAY THEY GO
HIGH AND LOW, TO AND FRO
POOR OLD HORACE WOULD ALWAYS SAY
“I’M THE VERY LAST HORSE AGAIN TODAY.”
HOW HE TRIED AND TRIED AND TRIED
BUT HE JUST NEVER COULD WIN.
HORACE CRIED AND CRIED AND CRIED
CAUSE ALL THE OTHER HORSES WERE AHEAD OF HIM
THEN CAME THE DAY ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND
WHEN HORACE TURNED, LOOKED AROUND
THEN SAID “GOSH OH GEE —
I’M THE VERY FIRST HORSE ON THE MERRY GO ROUND,
THE OTHERS ARE FOLLOWING ME!“”
– Burl Ives
LINKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW
• Keys To Drawing by Bert Dodson Book Review – A review of Bert Dodson’s first book Keys to Drawing. This is the book that started it all for me … a life changing book.
• Quick Poses – Fantastic Online Gesture Drawing resource
• Croquis Café – YouTube channel for Croquis Café, a real time online life drawing class :)
• YOUTUBE @SophieLawson – including Sophie’s lil Art tips and some of my Pencil Drawings :)
• TWITTER @SophieLawsonArt – Come say hello, I post stuff on here sometimes … not at the moment though lol
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“IT’S ALMOST LIKLE YOU’VE GOT A TEACHER IN YOUR HANDS…“
– Sophie Lawson
On this episode I talk about Self Awareness and Art … Learning how to Draw is all about Self Awareness, such as being aware of Negative Spaces, but it doesn’t have to stop with the Art. This same Self Awareness can be used to start tackling mental issues like OCD, Social Anxiety and even heal suppressed emotional situations from our life. Art is powerful, it always seems to lead to Self Awareness, which seems key to self healing.
This lil episode covers a lot of topics, but mainly it’s about my early experience of using Lucid Dreaming to help heal from Child Abuse … I also talk about Virtual Reality with PSVR, are Videogames bad for you?, a Reiki Healing ‘Healing crisis’, Following Your Bliss, Genital Reassignment Surgery and how I think from time to time we all have to stop and ask ourselves … What do I really want From Life?
Boo :) Time for another episode … this one was recorded down the park, and it’s storytime :) I share a short story I wrote the other night in bed, and a theory I’ve been thinking about to do with consciousness, death and how we could all be blobs of paint on a canvas :)
There was supposed to be a new YouTube video this week, but it never happened because I wanted things to be perfect … so instead of putting something out that wasn’t perfect, I put nothing out :( This week I talk about something I find really hard to do … putting out imperfect work. and how it’s better to put something out that’s good enough, than nothing at all.
A few days ago I had my first Lucid Dream … since than, my mind’s gone deep into the Lucid Dreaming Rabbit Hole. I’ve started asking myself: Is it possible to Manifest a Painting while Dreaming, than create it for real when you Wake up? Sounds Bonkers, but turns out there’s proof it can be done :)
On this episode I dive into the topic of Spirituality … Automatic Writing is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with, what I like to call, the Universe. It’s life changing stuff, because in just two weeks I’ve managed to go from being scared of transitioning at the day job, to not only throwing away all my male clothes and being my true self at work, but also wearing a little swimsuit in public, and facing the fear of learning how to swim … I’m beginning to see a deep connection between Art and Spirituality.
On this episode I talk about Self Doubt, and how I’m starting to realise, with the help of Lucid Dreaming and Automatic Writing, that Self Doubt is a fear that shouldn’t be something to run away from, but instead embraced, with the Loving arms of Action.
It’s that time of year again … when the sun comes out to play, so do the drawing pencils :) It’s time to start sketching people in public, something I was terrified to do at first, but it’s one of the most fun ways to improve, and loosen up, both your drawing, and the mind :)
On this episode I talk about Thoughts … where do thoughts come from? How comes while I’m drawing thoughts sometimes try to put me off? How comes thoughts have the power to either negatively or positively impact reality? .., I have a theory that thoughts could be linked to the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment, this one’s a bit bonkers :)
This lil episode is all about copying other artists work, not the naughty kind of copying, but the drawing exercise that’s a fun way to play and learn at the same time :) We also have a new ‘lil art tips’ feature joining the podcast this week, woohoo lol
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”