Drawing, as a special form of thinking

Font de Gom Cave 15,000 - 11,000 years BC. uh
Font de Gom Cave 15,000 - 11,000 years BC. uh

The earliest drawings of primitive prehistoric people surprise me with their expressiveness, which I do not always find in the works of contemporary artists, also not in my works. Here are the drawings of children. They are in a sense a "prehistoric" people ie people without a long personal history.

Figure drawing of a three years old child
Figure drawing of a three years old child
Figure drawing of a six years old child
Figure drawing of a six years old child

The drawing of a three-year-old child in comparison with a drawing of a child of six, I dont know what about you, but to me it seems to be less correct in the in- formative (left-hemisphere), but much more artistically expressive. It is appropriate to recall P. Picasso: “Every child is an artist, the difficulty is to remain an artist, when you pass the age of childhood". According to the perception of the right hemisphere, the drawing of a three year old child is comparable with the drawings by P. Klee and A. Matisse.

P. Klee. "Escape ahead of you"
P. Klee. "Escape ahead of you"
Henri Matisse's drawing
Henri Matisse's drawing

Among the researchers of the processes of creativity, I met the opinion that "in the visual arts there is nothing to do with the left hemisphere." I would not be so categorical, but I understand the emotional background of such a position.

Drawing, as I think, is a special kind of thinking that promotes awareness of the world around us not in a verbal, but figurative form. And, since figurative thinking is predominantly a function of the right hemisphere of the brain, it is absolutely impossible to achieve artistic expressiveness in drawing (as well as in any other kind of art) by achieving only “correctness” of proportions and adherence to the rules of perspective and tone. Henri Matisse’s drawing on its “correctness” is inferior to that of a six-year-old child. However, for some reason, I do not interfere with the absence of an elbow and one finger of the left hand along with in an incredible way folded legs to see a completely adorable, in its own way, feminine image.

Left and right hemispheres drawing pattern
So what is the difference between the drawings executed under the leadership of the right and left hemispheres of the brain?

The left hemispheric drawing is primarily made according to logically clear rules: proportions, perspectives, chiaroscuro. Its goal is to reliably convey objective visual information. It is neat and unhurried. There, we most likely will not find unnecessary lines or spots. Such a picture is optimal and concise. As a rule, it is logically complete. Its static beauty is reminiscent of the beauty of a mathematical formula. The left hemispheric drawing can be schematically linear, flat plane or three-dimensional academic, depending on its application: in sketch, design or visual arts.

Academic study drawing
Academic study drawing

The right hemispheric drawing is characterized by its incompleteness, inefficiency, lack of informativeness, which as a result involuntarily provokes the viewer to cooperate. Such a drawing vividly expresses the attitude of the author - he is subjective. He neglects the logical rules in the name of achieving greater emotional sincerity. It is spontaneous, impetuous and opposes corrections. Lots of inaccuracies in the details do not interfere with the perception of the composition as a whole. It is irreplaceable at the stage of the initial creative intention (sketch), but it is no less valuable as an independent work of art.

Pontormo "Dancing figure"
Pontormo "Dancing figure"

So which of these types of drawing should a novice artist develop? I have no other answer than to say: both!
And what foot would you suggest to develop for an athlete running a marathon - right or left?

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