Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology
Online ISSN : 2435-7065
Creative Process Involved in Drawing
Role of Visual Perception in Changes of Posture
Miho NishizakiTetsushi NonakaMasato Sasaki
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2011 Volume 10 Issue 1 Pages 64-78


This research attempts to analyze the creative process involved in drawing by examining the behavior of a skilled artist. Drawing usually requires several hours because a realistic rendering of structure, texture, and shadow involves the accurate perception and depiction of space in terms of both proportion and perspective. In this study, two and a half hours were devoted to creating a drawing. The operation and coordination of the actions that comprised the process of drawing were examined according to the points at which shifts in behavior occurred. The analyses revealed that drawing consists of movements and characteristic changes over time. The drawing of objects, in particular, involves "looking" clearly, which is reflected in postures that "close the distance or increase the distance from the picture". The results suggest that changes in posture for visual perception, underpin the positions assumed by the artist and control the process of drawing.

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