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Re: drawing realistically

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Christine Merriam (
Wed, 09 Jul 1997 19:51:28 -0600

This thread is taking interesting convolutions :)
Today I was talking to a friend who is employed as a graphic artist and had
just posted a web page of his sketches, so I asked him if he thought learning
to draw realistically was important. His work at the moment is more like cartoons.
He said it definitely was for him... although now he does most work from
his imagination, looking at and trying to render things realistically helped
him immensly. He now has a memory of "how things look" which he uses daily.
I also think about my students.... they are so excited when they succeed at
making something look "real". In my curriculum I try to balance the types of
projects we do to meet the various learning styles of the kids. I personally
can "render" but it is not my favorite way to express myself. I am much more 3
dimensional. I try to communicate this over and over... we need to work at
developing all our talents and realize that not everyone is like Albrecht
Durer. If you are great, if not great.... find your niche.
Sadly, I think Bob Fromme is correct about DaVinci in todays schools... he
would be pushed into science... but... he might not be a conformist, and stick
with art anyway:) I still feel that both artists and scientists are creative
problem solvers.... they each choose a problem, test it, and measure the
results... shrug.
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