51 It Ain’t Easy

Drawing may be compared to driving a car. While driving there are a number of things that need to filter through the consciousness and be constantly monitored: destination; steering; judging distances and speeds of other cars; working the gas pedal, the brakes, or the clutch; driving in the right lane at the right time; checking the panel for gas, temperature, oil, seat belt, sun visor, etc.

In drawing one must continually run through the list of prerequisites for making a successful drawing. There is the brief study to grasp a first impression, then the start of the sketching — the size, the pose, the perspective (including overlap, diminishing size, surface lines, foreshortening), anatomy, squash and stretch, angles, tension ...

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