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How to draw anything your mind's eye can visualize.
Includes sections on surrealism, fantasy, landscapes, seascapes, science fiction and critters.
Also includes sections on doodles, illustrations, designs and two sections on book illustrations and life drawings.

Perceptions III

by Michael Csontos

Available on amazon.com

Perceptions III is a collection of illustrations, drawings and inkings created from abstract sketches and doodles. Almost 200 images showing the endless possibility of ideas that can emerge from the sub-conscious or the mind's eye. Once the idea is conceived then a developing representation takes over. After that a finish is produced using either ink with pens and brush or it can be left as a penciling. Sometimes a simple pen line is all that is needed if rendering in Photoshop is desired. Photoshop was also used to save time filling in large areas of black or to get a more perfect gradient.

Included are sections showing surrealism, fantasy, science fiction, illustrations and doodles, idiosyncrasy, critters, landscapes and seascapes, book illustrations and life drawings. There is a single two page technique that shows my approach to visualizing. In my first black and white book I had about nine visualizing techniques so I did not want to be overly redundant in that aspect. This book is just to show the variety of images or ideas that can be achieved by basically not trying to think of anything until a sufficient amount of line or shading is put down which in turn starts to develop imagery from your sub-conscious.

There are also two sections that do not deal with images created from an abstract beginning. They are the book illustrations which takes up 12 pages and the life drawing section which takes up 11 pages. The book illustrations had to be visualized after reading the text which pertained to the illustration the author wanted. I then just drew what I saw in my mind. The life drawing section was included because most of the sketches were done by studying the model for a minute and then developing the drawing mostly from memory. Once I got the placement of the bone joints and angles down, which took about one to two minutes, it was just a matter of refining and shading. It was good to still have the model there because the third line, which is the shadow line was the hardest to memorize.

A final page shows how a simple idea created from a visualizing approach can later be the theme for a fine art painting.

Reproduction rights of images from Perceptions III are available.

Below are some of the ideas and illustrations from Perceptions III. This volume is now on amazon.com. As the days go by they will probably show more images. Perceptions III is 140 pages and is all black and white.

This is a step by step visualizing tutorial from my first black and white book.

All images in the book "Perceptions III" are copyright with the Library of Congress.