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That unoriginal copycat Picasso

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Doug DuBosque (dd)
Fri, 28 Aug 1998 10:51:41 -0400 (EDT)

When I was in high school, we read Shakespeare (I think it was, anyway) in
paperback, with these wonderful Picasso drawings on the covers - just a few
lines conveying an entire image, and I wondered how anyone could be THAT
good at drawing.

According to illustrator Marshall Arisman (one of my "professors"), his
technique was to start with a photo or other reference material, trace the
main lines, then abandon the photo, trace the tracing, again simplifying,
and so on until after five or six tracings he ended up with a wonderfully
minimal but evocative final drawing.

Tracing is about as unoriginal as you can get in drawing. What makes
tracing a tracing of a tracing so original?

Doug DuBosque

Author of Draw Ocean Animals, Draw Rainforest Animals, Draw 3-D
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