Stop taking pictures and start drawing!

How your drawings come to life

Ralph Ammer
2 min readJun 28, 2017

Some drawings look fresh and alive while others … don’t. What is their secret? Let’s look at cameras first.

This is what happens when you take a photograph: The light rays of your environment project a picture on a photo sensor. This picture is then stored on a hard drive. It’s a recording process, straightforward and linear.

And this is not how you look at the world. Your mind is not a camera.

When you look at something, incredibly complex interactions occur between your eyes and your nervous system. You “recognise” what you see and form a very different kind of “picture”.

This “picture” is much more exciting, complex, and dynamic. It is part of the current state of your nervous system. Rather than a recording of the environment, it is a reaction of countless neurons — an interpretation.

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Ralph Ammer

I love to draw and write about art, design, and the rest. Munich, Germany