- ONE Take a photo or find an image. Now FOCUS on one small area of the image and sketch that. Forget about the big picture, this is the small picture. Do you know the Indian allegory of the three blind men and the elephant? When we focus on one part of the elephant and close our eyes to the rest, the leg becomes a pillar and the tail a rope. Forget what your big picture mind is telling you and see with new eyes.
- TWO Find something to ZOOM in on. Go all the way. If you can't see the molecular structure, you're not close enough. That might be an overstatement, but you know what I mean. Get uncomfortably cozy with something and draw what you see. You will have points taken away though if you zoom in on a bee. What is it about bees that people must photograph in macro? Let's have some imagination here and let the bees have their privacy.
- THREE Perspectives change when you go from landscape to close-up, so see what happens if you VIEW something from a much closer perspective. How does it feel different when you're viewing it from afar, versus striking distance?
However you do, do, do it, make sure it's CLOSE-UP in February.