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Happy New Year! 


I can’t tell you how many times over the past five, ten, or fifteen years I’ve been with groups engaged in future planning, and invariably I drew a title with their org name, plus: “Vision 2020”!

What’s not to love about that pun? We’re doing our visioning process, and we’re heading toward clarity! But I want to add a third way to be inspired about “Vision 2020”, and it’s about seeing. I want you to use your 2020 vision to see shapes, and guess what? 

...and shapes are the building blocks of simple drawing. So, rather than looking around your office and naming what you see – “There’s my computer screen, the door, a doorknob, a coffee mug” – I want you to instead practice naming the shapes of those things: that computer screen is a rectangle, and so is the doorway! The doorknob is a circle and the coffee mug is essentially a cylinder. 

Drawing starts with seeing and naming the shapes you see. It is a way to practice how to reduce any object to its simplest form. For extra credit, notice how more complex objects are just made up of multiple simple shapes. For example, think about a table, or a truck.

So next time you’re in line at the grocery store, or waiting at a stop light, look around -– and practice your 2020 Vision and new way of seeing!
 

Warmly,

Emily
 

P.S. Speaking of shapes –– my first online course will focus on shapes, lines and lettering, to help you build the foundations of visual thinking and graphic capturing. Click this link to be the first to hear more!

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