64 Words and Experience

These “handouts” have covered a multitude of rules and concepts that I trust have helped in some way. A recent one was about verbalizing the action or gesture you are attempting to draw, so as you repeat the words that electrifying “first impression ” will be kept alive while you are drawing. That 1,000-volt first impression, which we so desperately want to record, is apt to start dwindling as soon as we get involved in drawing. Our minds get engrossed in the anatomy or the clothing. Some of us get intrigued by the facial features and spend several minutes on that even, heaven forbid, before we sketch in the overall gesture.

Even the model loses that first impression. When they strike a pose it is fresh and vivid in their ...

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