Zen drawing - a new way to become an artist

Buddhas at Home
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This eBook is derived from the hardcover book called 'the Zen drawing Pack', which was published in October 2014 by Rockpoint publishers and as an eBook called 'The Zen drawing eBook' by the authors. In this eBook called 'Zen drawing - a new way to become an artist', the authors have put less emphasis on the Zen Buddhism background of Zen drawing and more emphasis on the artistic benefits that can be found by using the techniques described in the hardcover book. For instance by adding a chapter on the use of watercolors and ink.

As with all their books on Zen drawing, this eBook is based on the works of Frederick Franck and Betty Edwards. In this eBook artist Michelle Dujardin helps you to awaken your inner artist and add soul to your sketches by ignoring conventional drawing techniques and focus on really seeing your subject. Michelle helps you achieve a meditative state just by changing the way you see a subject, and allow your hands to follow the movement of your eyes. When you trust your own drawing reflex, the art that you create will become more expressive and beautiful than what you've done before.

Not great with a pencil? Don't worry, everyone can learn to draw this way and you don't need any special talent or class. For any level of artist, from a beginner with little talent to an illustration expert, Zen drawing is not about making perfect pictures, it is about the experience of drawing, finding inspiration, and connecting to the world around you.
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'Michelle Dujardin is a Dutch artist and writer. She’s the loving mother of a beautiful daughter. She loves to feel connected to people, animals and nature. In her paintings and drawings she tries to capture their soul.
Michelle studied Psychology at the University of Leiden, which helped her to understand the workings of the human mind. In Buddhism she found the more complete view on life as a whole she was looking for. When she discovered Zen drawing she found a way to express herself and the beauty of her daily life.

Her fist book called ‘het zen tekenboek’ was published in Dutch by Asoka (nowadays Milinda publishers) in the Netherlands in 2012.
In her books and courses, she hopes to inspire other people to find the joy in their life by starting to draw the things they love in a simple, down to earth and playful way.

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Buddhas at Home
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Published on
Jul 25, 2014
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Pages
225
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ISBN
9789081932318
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / Techniques / Drawing
Art / Techniques / Pencil Drawing
Philosophy / Buddhist
Philosophy / Zen
Self-Help / Meditations
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This eBook is derived from the hardcover book called 'the Zen drawing Pack', which was published in October 2014 by Rockpoint publishers and as an eBook called 'The Zen drawing eBook' by the authors. In this eBook version called 'Zen drawing - a new way to become mindful', the reader finds lots of extra background information on Zen Buddhism. It also includes additional meditation techniques that can be combined with Zen drawing. The drawing exercises included in this eBook focus on applying drawing to reach self awareness, inner peace and stillness.

Zen drawing is based on the work of Frederick Franck. Artist Michelle Dujardin explains how to use realistic drawing as a meditation technique in a practical and contemporary way. This ebook is for people who are interested in finding new ways to become Mindful. Michelle shows you how to connect with the world around you and achieve a meditative state while drawing. Zen drawing will awaken your 'inner artist’ and allow your hands to follow the movement of your eyes. This inner artist will change the way you see a subject, helping you to create art that is more expressive and more beautiful than what you've ever done before.

Not great with a pencil? Don't worry, everyone can learn to draw this way and you don't need any special talent or class. For any level of artist, from a beginner with little talent to an illustration expert, Zen drawing is not about making perfect pictures, it is about the experience of drawing, finding inspiration, and connecting to the world around you.
Before someone tries to learn how to doodle he or she needs to understand what doodling actually is. The word doodle comes from German, and referred to a person who was a fool, or who was simple in some way. The modern meaning of the word, referring to small drawings done idly while one thinks, came about in the 1930s and might be connected to the word dawdle for someone who's wasting time.
All of the history aside though, a doodle is nothing more than an unfocused or unconscious drawing, typically made while one's attention is supposed to be focused elsewhere. This is why doodles often show up in the margins of notebooks or on sticky notes at work; people who are tethered in place and stuck listening to a phone call, lecture, etc. will pick up a pen and begin to make small, unfocused drawings. These are doodles.

How to Doodle
There's no right or wrong way to doodle, much as there's no right or wrong way to draw in the first place. Doodlers can use the margins of a notebook or a pad of sticky note reminders just as easily as they can use a pristine white sketchbook. A doodler can use a number 2 pencil, a ballpoint pen, or really any other drawing implement that he or she desires. As long as you have a medium, it's possible to doodle.

When it comes time to start doodling it's important to let your mind wander and to focus on any creative idea it comes across. Perhaps you see a large letter A on your letterhead, and decide to draw vines encircling it like something out of an old book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Maybe you decide to add roses to the vines, turning the A into a fully-fledged topiary. Perhaps you decide to put a castle on top of the pinnacle of the A. Maybe you draw the vines hanging down and swinging in an unseen breeze.

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