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Visualizing The Message

Graphic recording from a live sessionHave you ever talked to someone on the phone who you have never met, and while you are speaking, you visualize what they might look like? How tall are they? What race are they? What part of the country did they come from? Are they intelligent or dull in understanding or … are they blonde? Brunette? Redhead?

Visualizations and judgments float through our head in an ever-flowing stream while we conduct business and discuss matters at hand without us even being aware of it of the formulating perceptions. We visualize everything that we hear by what we are already familiar with. Where we were brought up, what culture we were brought up in, what language we speak. We interpret and apply the knowledge based upon what we know and have experienced,  to the words that are being spoken.

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What You Must Do, Before You Can Learn Learn How To Draw

Speakers and Trainers

When people ask me if I will teach them how to draw, an entire life time flashes before my eyes.  Years of refining and practicing, experimenting and erasing. Yet at the forefront of it all is one very clear skill set that I’ve found is not a common skill – even though most have it.

The ability to SEE!

“Of course I can teach you to draw,” I’ll reply, “But first, I have to teach you to SEE.” Without this ability, it is impossible to describe lines and perspectives, colors and shadows. Seeing is not just seeing, it is NOTICING.

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You … Illustrating

Me illustrating … is, well, me …. illustrating. Interpreting, visualizing … you.

But YOU illustrating … is limitless.  Watch this amazing TED video – illustrating you … illustrating … and then some.

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Illustrating You

Cartoons and Illustrations by Shannon ParishSome people are gifted with the ability to see what is not there. They SEE and listen in pictures, rich with metaphors, concepts and color – and in three dimensions.

A few of them will express what they see and hear through music and the vibrations of their varied musical instruments.

Others, like myself, will draw and capture visually what we hear and see, and through our drawings, we’ll transform simple, dull concepts and statistics into something that is alive and expressive and which carries with it, a fuller and richer meaning for others to grasp and understand.

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