When words aren’t enough, drawing can be another way for us to communicate.
Psychics and mediums exercise their abilities regularly so if they want to incorporate spirit art into their readings they should practice that as well. For most people, drawing is not easy, so it may take time to strengthen that skill. You don’t need to sketch like Leonardo Da Vinci, but you should be able to draw more than just stick figures.
To become a better artist, study the human anatomy focusing on the head. Analyze people’s facial features: eyes, noses, cheeks, chins, and ears. Notice the shapes and contours. See the difference between masculine and feminine features like lips and eyebrows. Women generally have slender jawlines, thin throats, and descending shoulders compared to men who have boxier jaws, wider necks, and broad shoulders.
When sketching a face, start with light lines by making gentle strokes using a pencil instead of a pen. Erase mistakes or darken the outline once you are satisfied with the shape. Heads should be drawn like an upside egg: with a rounded top, the sides straight, and lines curving inward for the jaw. The head is divided into 3 sections: the crown, face, and jaw.
The top crown section is where the hair, forehead, and eyebrows will be located. But don’t draw the hair or eyebrows yet – they will be added once the face is completed.
The middle face section will include the eyes, nose, and ears. Eyes can be drawn as sideways diamond-ovals with the irises and pupils made from one dark circle. Now add the eyebrows with slightly jagged descending lines. Lightly add a few wrinkles to the forehead or crow’s feet to the corner of eyes if the spirit appears older.
The height of the ears should span the space between the eyebrow and the tip of the nose. Draw ears like a half-heart then round the heart’s point for the lobe. For the nose, simply add a small curved line like a little smile. When drawing cheeks and the bridge of a nose use shading rather than drawing lines.
The bottom jaw section will include the lips and chin, and facial hair if necessary. Lips can be drawn with one larger line depicting the upper lip and opening of the mouth with a smaller line underneath for the bottom lip. If a spirit is smiling, make it subtle rather than cartoonishly big. If a spirit has a mustache, sketch it almost like an eyebrow then add a small line underneath for the bottom lip. The chin was formed when the head was first outlined so just round it off now.
Here’s a drawing tutorial if you need some visual guidance:
Spirit Art and Psychic Readings
If you decide to draw during a psychic reading, don’t stop the session to concentrate on sketching. You will continue to receive information from spirits so keep talking to your client while you draw. You may even feel the connection between you, the spirit, and the client become stronger allowing you to see, hear, and feel more messages easier.
Spirit art is just another part of evidential psychic readings which provides clients with specific information rather than generalities. I have done several drawings for clients who have said it resembled a family member and in a few cases even a particular photograph. Sometimes the artwork can be more meaningful to clients than the information you provide.
As the son of an artist, I was encouraged to sketch and paint throughout my life. My father’s best piece of advice was that “nothing in nature is perfect”, meaning that lines are not always straight and circles are not always round. Tree bark is not always smooth and mountaintops don’t always have pointed peaks.
So relax, don’t get frustrated, and most importantly don’t give up. As long as you are able to draw a recognizable spirit the client should be able to identify it along with your verbal description. Drawing is not always easy but try your best not to exaggerate a spirit’s features out of respect for the client. They usually smile when they confirm a drawing and will mention if that family member was a bit balder or heavier.
I learned a great deal on the process of drawing spirits during a workshop at the Inner Peace Health & Wellness Center. The workshop featured Joe Shiel who instructed us on the basics of drawing as well as how to incorporate it into a psychic reading. Shiel is a registered medium in Lily Dale, NY, a registered Rand Reiki Master, and an instructor who has taught at Arthur Findlay College. Joe is also a professional artist so he’s able to create magnificent life-like portraits of spirits. You can see some of Joe Shiel’s spirit art on his website josephshiel.com.