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Your Imagination Isn’t Quarantined

A simple drawing exercise to help you rediscover the meaning of perspective

Seth Cameron
Human Parts
Published in
3 min readApr 9, 2020

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A photo of poetic neon square light against a sunset sky.
Photo: Artur Debat/Getty Images

Everything is closed. Schools are closed. Stores are closed. Parks are closed. Museums are closed. But you know what’s easy to keep open for you and your kids? Your eyes.

Let me show you an easy way to open things up. But I want you to wait until your kids have gone to bed. I know you’ll be exhausted. (We’re all exhausted!) But this will be relaxing; this will be fun. No one is keeping score.

All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. First, freehand a square in the center of the page. Small or big, it doesn’t matter. Take a second to look at it. Admire it. Okay, now give it some legs: From each corner of the square, drag your pencil to each corner of the page.

Now, before we continue, let’s get one thing straight: This is not a contest. You’re the only one here. Your drawing isn’t any better or worse than anyone else’s. In fact, don’t even show it to anyone else if you don’t want to. When you’re done with this, you can toss (I mean recycle) the paper immediately.

Back to your drawing. What is your square doing? Is it breaking the social distancing rules and coming toward you? Or is it pulling back…

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Seth Cameron
Human Parts

Seth Cameron is a painter, writer, and the Executive Director of Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City.