Minds eye, blind or what?
So just wanted to ask or rant or whatever about this stupid thing. I have what I think a vivid imagination, like when I read books or something I see the story in a dreamlike color film as opposed to aphantasia. But the problem is, when I sketch or draw from imagination most of the time I can't imagine anything, and just see a blank paper 🥵. Anyone else like this, or have any input to help me see the drawing in my mind? Most of the time I just go with the sketch and iterate from the lines I do, but when I have a piece in mind I have a hard time sketching it because my mind doesn't see anything 😁
@cherryboi57 has some solid advice. The only thing I’d add to it is to also work on gesture and composition, so that you can get better at figuring out how to translate the vibes you’re thinking of onto the page. Looking at other peoples work that I like and studying the composition (roughly sketching the main shapes, sometimes redrawing a small thumbnail with just black and white) is pretty helpful
I also have this problem. But I've found its gotten easier as I've learned to break more complex things into simple shapes like cubes and spheres. For example, say I want to draw a car. I cant really imagine the whole car in my head. But I can imagine a box, and I can rotate the box in my head. So if I decide on a general perspective for the box and put that down on the paper first it gives me a good starting point for the rest of the car. Its easier for me to imagine the car inside the box than it is to just conjure it straight from the blank page. References also help out. Sometimes its easier to recognize a desired aesthetic or design aspect in another picture than it is to make it up on your own. And so a lot of the time I kind of splice various aspects of things that give me the right vibe together to create my own design.