In college I took a class about creativity, and one of the topics we talked about was how our brains have a tendency to fill in missing parts of abstract things that we see. Seeing pictures in clouds is one example. You can take advantage of this by looking at photographs traced by someone else. Abstract or nature photos usually work the best.
I’ve traced one (above). You might not see anything in the picture, but if you do draw over top of it.
Continue reading to see some doodles or sketches by other people as well as the original photograph at the bottom (spoiler alert):
A dinosaur by Carl Douglas – @Cartoonosaurus
“I’m sure this is what most people saw. a giant fish eating a gianter mushroom.” Joseph Stevens – @splixel
“I saw a guy picking leaves out of his hair.” Ryan GTG ( @ganatronic )
“I see a rabbit-thing flying a plane” Tyler Glaiel – @tylerglaiel
I don’t usually see anything in photos I’ve traced myself, but this time I did.
Here’s the original photograph. The people in the picture would be easy to identify and might hinder imagination, so I cropped the photo to make it more abstract. Then I roughly traced the explosion.
original photograph by Jaipal Singh, EPA/Corbia
Try it out yourself. It works best with a group of people that trace a few photos each. National Geographic is a good place to look for photos. Good luck.