Drawing Is Magic by John Hendrix

Drawing Is Magic

Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself In A Sketchbook

The concept is good, the execution is fair- a book about drawing: designed to get you drawing by giving you the ideas to get started. I was hoping there would be more ideas.  It seems like there should be a lot more ideas. There is a lot of padding to reach even 160 pages. The book contains many of Hendrix’s drawings and doodles. One could argue this book is more about doodling than about drawing. Not that I have anything against doodles, something I like to do myself. But if you don’t care for his style, you might not like the book.
I was really hoping this book would inspire me to relaunch my former passion for drawing unfortunately it didn’t. Hendrix makes much about permission to fail, which I understand, but that’s not the problem, at least not for me. It’s one of inspiration. That said I did complete two drawings (see below) to illustrate one his magic tricks.

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160 pages

My favorite magic tricks from the book..

What is happening inside these house?
(Be as dramatic as possible!) Draw an interior setting for each of these silhouettes that completes the story. You might draw furniture, wallpaper, animals, and other characters inside the way to the characters on the outside.
page 82–83

Drawing of School Bus by Craig Maas

What is happening inside this bus?
A drawing of School Bus by Craig Maas. click drawing for larger image.
Right click, and Save Link As… this PDF link for a pdf file of the image.
My own take on ‘What is happening inside these houses?’ from “Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself in a Sketchbook” by John Hendrix, page 82 and 83.
Feel free to use these drawings as a starting point for your own. -Craig Maas
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Drawing of Castle Ah by Craig Maas

What is happening inside this castle? 
A drawing of Castle Ah by Craig Maas. click drawing for larger image.
Right click, and Save Link As… this PDF link for a pdf file of the image.
My own take on ‘What is happening inside these houses?’ from “Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself in a Sketchbook” by John Hendrix, page 82 and 83.
Feel free to use these drawings as a starting point for your own. -Craig Maas
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Map
Create a map of the neighborhood where you grew up. Start with your house. Include: Friends’ house, Local landmarks, Famous trees, Known enemies. Then illustrate a very memorable story on the map with word bubbles and a timeline.
page 88

Dialogue Collage

  1. Take your scissors and cut out some interesting photos with people or animals from a magazine.
  2. Take white-out and paint in some word bubbles. Then..
  3. Create new conversations for the pictures!

page 88

“Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.” -Voltaire
page 120

The secret power of Iteration
(Iteration means trying something over and over and over). Iteration is essential to a good sketchbook. In this chapter, you are gong to see what happens when you iterate drawings over and over. Looking for as much variety as you can generate. While you are concentrating on variations and subtleties, you may just forget to worry about making a bad drawing and make a good one by accident.

  • I’ve got some bad news: you are going to make at least 10,000 bad drawings in your lifetime. In fact, a few are in this book, right?
  • I’ve got some good news: failure is actually learning in disguise.

Even lifelong artist can be fooled into believing this myth that the best art is created whole, in a single moment of inspirations. Perhaps some good ideas can come in the flash, but in my experience, most great ideas are surrounded by bad ones- hundreds of bad ones! Bad drawings and bad ideas aren’t worthless: in fact, they are required. There is no such thing as a wasted drawing. Ironically, if you let go of the desire to make a perfect drawing every time you pick up a pen. You’ll start to make better drawings.
page 138–139

Iteration 102
Follow the grid below & fill in every space with a different version of the items listed. You’ll need to draw things like ‘Deadly Sandwiches’ and ‘Vampire Birds’ for example.
X-Grid: Christmas, Deadly, Rotten, Magical, Haunted, Expensive, Fried, Talking, Vampire, Fat
y-Grid: Trees, Shoes, Hats, Sandwiches, Candy, Birds
page 152–153

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About craigmaas

I do a little web design work and support a couple web sites and blogs. My primary focus is lighting and energy consulting where I use a number of computer tools to help my customer find ways of saving money and improving their work environment. See my web site for more information: www.effectiveconcepts.net
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