Illustrating Dreams: The Beginning

About 9 years ago, when I first moved to San Francisco, I started having a recurring dream. I am in a house. The house is in the middle of a field, and it's an industrial area. People are coming in and out of the house, and the general feeling is one of being "stuck". Like the house is a place I left a long time ago, but, here I am again, and I don't want to be back. 

Over the years I have been in this house, in my dreams, many times. I was trying to describe the house to my husband, as the details were vivid in my head - what the main room looked like, the loft area to the side with the bed, the creepy, abandoned bridge that sits above and to the back of the house. But when I tried to draw a floor plan, the images actually became less vivid and I found I was unable to put the dream on paper in a linear form. 

In my dreams, images show up as "snapshots". There's some continuity, but the sense of space is not based upon a neat framework of what the rooms look like. Instead, there is a general sense of where things are. I decided, then, to draw my house in a non-linear way, much like the way it looks and feels in the dream: 


I was hooked. Finally, I felt like my drawing actually looked and felt like the house I dreamed about so often. By not caring about the picture "making sense", suddenly, it made sense. Dreams make perfect sense when you're inside them, right? Once I drew this house, I decided to start drawing all my dreams in this very same way. And as a result, my dreams are more vivid than ever before. Here's one of my first dream drawings: 


And thus began my journey of drawing my dreams. I don't intend on stopping anytime soon! :-) Dreams are cool, and it's fun to "live" in them for a while. 

2 comments

  • Edward "Slim" Critchlow

    Edward "Slim" Critchlow Alameda, CA

    Robin, It is so great that you have started this blog. Your words explaining the dream and pictures are excellent. I believe people are very interested in dreams and this blog may inspire people to look more closely at their own. I look forward to seeing more. You may be on the edge of starting something big.

    Robin, It is so great that you have started this blog. Your words explaining the dream and pictures are excellent. I believe people are very interested in dreams and this blog may inspire people to look more closely at their own. I look forward to seeing more. You may be on the edge of starting something big.

  • Robin

    Robin San Francisco, CA

    Thank you Slim! :-) I've been moved to share this stuff so I'm hoping it reaches people and makes them think about their own dreams. Your comment is inspiring.

    Thank you Slim! :-) I've been moved to share this stuff so I'm hoping it reaches people and makes them think about their own dreams. Your comment is inspiring.

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