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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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53 Stick to the Theme

An orchestra conductor, in a discussion on conducting Mahler’s 1st symphony, said he had to be careful not to have too many climaxes in the performance. It is a relatively long symphony, fifty-five minutes in length, and is full of delightful passages that could be featured each in their own right. But there needs be control over such a temptation so that the overall theme of each of the three movements shall prevail.

Drawing is like that. We are the conductors who are tempted to feature the many interesting passages on the model. Some passages — a wrinkle, a belt buckle, a hairdo — are sensuous to the point where we want to render them into little masterpieces of nonessential detail. Usually, a drawing has but one theme ...

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