38 Learn From the Mistakes of Others

One good excuse for doing these “handouts” is, if you can’t make it to the gesture class, the gesture class can be brought to you. Or as some obscure philosopher said: “Learn from the mistakes of others, you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” Actually, these critiques are not presented as corrections of mistakes — they are just other ways of seeing things. Another instructor may come up with an entirely different set of suggestions that might send you into wild and riotous states of creativity. A critique should broaden ways of seeing things. It is not saying this is how to draw this thing or this action. It’s saying, hey, if you think things out, you can make a more exciting drawing—and who ...

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