This is my copy of Picasso’s portrait of Igor Stravisnky. I know it looks weird, but hey, it’s Picasso – I think it’s actually a pretty accurate copy. The exercise had us copy it upside down.
The reasoning behind this is that when we draw we often use the left side of the brain, which deals with language and symbols. When we look with that side, we say, “Yeah, yeah, I know what a knee looks like, it looks like this. Why bother looking?” and then we draw it all wrong. Drawing upside down, our left brain side can’t tell what it is, says “This is stupid” and finally shuts up so the right side, which excels at abstract shapes, etc., can have a chance to really look.