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Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals by Carla Sonheim

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3 Memory and Imagination

Drawing Animals within You

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SOMETIMES OUR SUBCONSCIOUS KNOWS BEST.

Some people would even say that our gut, intuition, and “blink” impulses always know best. For this reason, I approach a lot of my sketchbook drawings with exercises that allow my subconscious to be in the driver’s seat. (Because, if asked, I would tell you that I don’t feel like I have a very good imagination. It seems that anything I come up with appears by accident, and for some reason that seems like cheating to me. I get around this lack of creativity by giving myself “assignments” such as those in this chapter that help to get my subconscious in ...

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