Improve Your Memory and Visual Intelligence!

As an internationally certified forensic composite artist for 25 years, my primary area of expertise was creating drawings based on the memories of other people (witnesses to and victims of major crimes). My most valuable tool was an interviewing technique known as a cognitive interview. Many of my publications reflect the knowledge I gained throughout this aspect of my career.

You, too can learn and practice techniques for remembering what you see and translating your memories into artworks.

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2.2.R15: Drawing on Your Memory (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Advanced: Techniques for seeing and remembering potential subjects so you can translate your memories into drawings


2.2.R3: Enhancing Your Visual Intelligence (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Advanced: Insights into how your vision and brain work together and suggestions for strengthening your visual intelligence


2.2.A18: Draw Still Life from Memory (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Intermediate: Sketch a familiar object without looking at it, then use a memory-enhancement technique to recall its details, and re-draw it from memory


FREE! Drawspace Pro Lesson 11

The techniques employed in this tutorial probably helped you learn to print when you were a child. However – these four, printable worksheets are specifically designed to improve your visual intelligence and drawing skills! Enjoy! :o)

Draw Shapes Inside Squares: Strengthen your skills for rendering accurate proportions by practicing skills on four worksheets in which you draw diverse lines and shapes inside squares

Here’s three of the 64 mini projects including in this free lesson. Please feel free to share this link with your artistic friends!


Free until Jan 28, 2014!

Drawing on Your Brain!

After more than two years of researching, writing, and drawing, I am thrilled to be finally launching my latest E-book – Drawing on Your Brain!

Drawing on Your Brain (268 pages and over 500 illustrations) (Whew!) is designed for everyone who can hold a  pencil – from absolute beginners to professional artists.


This book is divided into the following five parts:

Part 1 How to Train a Brain: This richly illustrated part of the book helps demystify current research on the relationship between drawing and your brain, and provides tried-and-true techniques to enhance your brain’s functions.

Part 2 Drawing on the Positive and Negative: This part of the book begins with a comprehensible explanation of positive and negative spaces, and shows you how to identify and use these spaces to see and draw more accurately. Several fun activities challenge you to put theory into practice.

Part 3 Sizing Up Spaces and Shapes: This part of the book shows you how spaces and shapes can help you render well-proportioned drawings. Knowing how to identify the individual shapes that make up the overall shape of a subject also helps you create more believable artworks.

Part 4 Plot, Dot, and Draw Accurately: Getting a subject’s proportions correct is the biggest challenge for most artists. But what many artists don’t know is that clues to help draw a subject lie hidden within the subject itself. This part of the book introduces you to techniques for discovering these clues.

Part 5 Five More Projects to Exercise Your Brain: You finally get the chance to put your new skills into practice and render some challenging drawings!

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