South Korean artist Me Kyeoung Lee sees beauty even in mundane everyday objects. Her sketches of local convenience stores is a charming and skillful take on what other people might miss out.
Lee has been documenting these little corner shops for the past 20 years. “There were not many things to see and play like these days,” says the artist about her youth. “But there was a time when I was happy to have a coin in my hands and run to a shop and hang out with friends gathered in front of it.”
sprints” is the term I use to describe this exercise which involves
intense focus for short periods of time. It is used for increasing
detail and focus in the astral and during spirit communication.
This exercise involves no actual magic and therefore does not require
Identify some objects around you to practice on.
begin with choose very simple objects like an apple, cigarette, or
empty jar. Later on choose more and more complex objects such as
bicycles, computers, an unlocked cellphone, animals, and humans.
Try to clearly remember one of the objects. Spend as much time as you
like filling in your memory with details. Sketching an object in
detail is a great way to do this.
to remember all aspects of the object, such as detail, texture, size,
and shape. Sketching is a useful tool because then you can literally
just compare your version to reality.
a challenge later on, begin limiting this remembering time. First
start timing how long this usually takes, then taking 5 or 10 seconds
off that time.
you choose not to sketch, try remembering all
details of the object including if applicable taste, scent, what it
feels like to touch, etc.
When you are ready, look at the real object and fill in all the gaps
in your memory. Focus intensely on the object and memorize every
this stage, to make your exercise the most efficient learning
exercise possible, analyze what went down. What parts of objects do
you usually forget? Detail? Form? Do you struggle more with
mechanical objects or organic objects? Paying attention to your own
memories will help you learn what areas to focus in.
very common inclusion in this exercise is to limit the viewing
portion to a set amount of time, such as 30, 15, or 10 seconds. I
have much more fun spending 1-3 minutes focusing on an object and
studying it, so do not feel the need to limit yourself to short
periods of time. However if you are looking for something more
advanced you might like it!
Set the object aside and once again try to clearly remember/sketch
it. See how much more accurately your drawing/memory has improved.
is the main portion of the exercise, and the one where you can gauge
your improvement. It doesn’t matter how clearly you remember an
object the first time you drew it – what matters is how much you
improved after a possibly
limited viewing of an object.
this exercise with one or two objects around you, whenever you are
bored. You can do this exercise any time you like! If you do not have
a sketchpad ready, just try to use pure visualization and focus in