This chapter is about language and the difference between what it means to draw a “rabbit” and what it means to draw a “bunny.”
This chapter is not a tutorial. It’s an exegesis. This chapter is at play.
So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
Lewis Carroll, Down the Rabbit Hole
A “rabbit” is an animal you might find in a field, forest, or pet shop. It is a gregarious plant-eater with a short tail and floppy ears. It is an actual rabbit existing in reality. A “rabbit” cannot talk to itself. A “rabbit” does not run late. From this point forward, when we speak of rabbits, we speak of these ordinary, everyday rabbits.
For the purposes of this chapter, to “draw a rabbit” is to apply various drawing techniques in such a way as to render an image of a rabbit indistinguishable from the actual rabbit itself. It is to approach a level of realism on par with that of a photograph. A rabbit drawing is strictly referential. It strives to be a copy.
Drawing a rabbit is mechanical and spec-based. There is a correct way to draw a rabbit and an incorrect way to draw a rabbit.
When you draw a rabbit, you are always drawing ...