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Seeing Differently

I love the Think Different Apple ads. Particularly the uproar the grammar geeks sent up when they misunderstood the headline and thought it should have been Think Differently.

One of my gifts is breaking challenges into component parts and rearranging/reassembling those parts to achieve a goal. I think both different and differently. I’d like to do both better. In thinking about this goal I’ve decided that seeing differently might help be think better.
So, I gave myself a Christmas present: art classes. From 10:00 AM to 12:30 everyday this week I’m going to take a Drawing Fundamentals Intensive at the Visual Arts Center.
What little I know about how artists draw is that they see the underlying architecture of their subjects as well as the relationship of components to one another.
I have no idea whether or not I’ll be able to draw any better by the end of the week, but I do hope to gain some insight into what artists look for when they take pencil in hand and begin to sketch. My expectation is I’ll raise my consciousness of things I may have been previously unaware.
What have you got planned to help you get a new perspective on your world?

><(("> Gayle Turner

Gayle is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a consulting firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit

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  1. nathanielks says

    Very cool! As a graphic designer, I'm learning just how important it is to know the basic fundamentals of drawing and composition. I hope to take a drawing class myself =]

  2. Becca says

    Gayle, I'm so excited for you! Art classes will change the way you look at objects on an everyday basis. Have fun!

  3. Michela Fleury says

    I think this is GREAT!!! I've been wanting to take drawing classes for a while now…
    let me know how they go & best of luck! :)

  4. Gayle Turner says

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time in art class. I did make progress in my goal of seeing differently. The irony is I wasn't in the class 20 minutes before I realized the kind of drawing I want to do is cartooning. I'm not so much interested in literal representation of the world (I'm satisfied with photos) as I am in the ability to capture little expressions.

    Next assignment, cartoon class.

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