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Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you're no Leonardo da Vinci

Drawing as a Tool

  • Drawing is a problem-solving visual tool. It helps us think better and provides clarity to a cluttered mind.

  • Authentic pen and paper drawing help us break free from the limiting domains of technology which digital tools like Google image search or drawing software provide, indirectly hindering our creativity.

  • Drawing also makes us slow down, observe and pay attention.

  • Drawing promotes close observation, analytical thinking, patience, and even humility, making it one of the best ways to learn.

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Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you're no Leonardo da Vinci

Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you're no Leonardo da Vinci

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Drawing is a Natural Process

For centuries, schools have established the normal, natural process of drawing as an art, like painting. Drawing as a creative process is forgotten and distorted beyond recognition.

People see it as a professional skill, whereas it is about freedom, creativity and a way to observe and learn about the world around us.

Drawing is about the process, without any need of 'performing' or receiving any evaluation.

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The benefits of putting pen to paper

Drawing develops the capacity for close observation, introspection, patience, and humility.

Drawing is also an important problem-solving tool, because it helps you visualize ideas and concepts.

Get in the habit of drawing
  • Sharing or even saving your doodles isn’t important. They also don't need to be finished.
  • Draw what’s in front of you. Any object will do.
  • If you’re stuck on finding a subject, follow a prompt ( e.g. Inktober’s “prompt list": words are meant to spark your imagination on each day of the month).
  • Try sketching your meeting notes. Use as few words as possible.
  • Start with something easy like drawing on a greeting card or drawing a small caricature of your face after your signature.

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Dealing Constructively With Control

Stay-in-love partners know that the need to feel in control at times is natural and that it offers an opportunity for learning and helping each other. Partners have confidence in their own autonomy to not react defensively or take it personally. 

Parenting Each Other

As relationships mature, many begin to feel less willing to give that kind of unconditional nurturing, and might not be as available. 

Stay-in-love couples understand the importance of not letting those special “sweet spots” die. They know that their partner sometimes needs to feel that guaranteed comfort and safety, and are more than willing to act as the good parent when asked. 

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  • Drawing is an act of being present in the moment.
  • Drawing is an act of capturing and connecting - it is evidence of what happened on the page at any particular moment.
Drawing and conflict

When we draw something while we are in conflict, we can map the conflict out and represent it in a safe space - on paper. It creates distance between the conflict and the person. 

  • It may reduce tension. It can make people see themselves as builders of their new reality.

  • Drawing can build collaboration between people. When working on a project, drawing the framework of the conflict can result in two parties represented together on one piece of paper.

  • Drawing can contain people’s emotions in addition to their words. 

Graphic facilitation vs. fine art

In fine art, we can make abstract marks that are only about self-expression.

In graphic facilitation, drawing is used to make things understandable. An abstract thought can be represented with an image.