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Secrets to Realistic Drawing by Rick Parks, Carrie Stuart Parks

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Shape

We tend to see shapes around us without really paying attention to them. For example, you use the ability to recognize shapes in order to read and write. Of course, because our mind isn’t really paying attention as we read and write, at least not to the shape of the letters, we’re not aware of the automatic processing going on. Instead we are focusing on the thoughts and ideas expressed by the words.

In a sense, it’s the same with drawing. We see the subject—a landscape, a face, a group of flowers—but we are focused on the ideas the image suggests. The nostalgia of the place, the love of the person, the beauty of the garden. As artists, ...

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