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Post Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:52 pm

Question about memory drawing

Hey everyone!

I'm more or less a beginner: I've been studying drawing for about a year and a half, and I've seen tremendous results in my ability to draw from a live subject in front of me. That being said, if I am not literally staring at my subject while I draw, I'm unable to draw at all, period. I'd love to be able to draw from my imagination, and so I realize that being able to tap into 'memory drawing' - that is recalling a subject after I have seen it - is crucial to my development.

Here's my question: What sort of thought process should go into looking at a subject in order to retain visual information? I've been trying to set a kitchen timer to about five minutes while I look at a model, and then to turn away from the model afterward and try to draw it from memory.

The problem I'm having is that during those five minutes while I stare at the model, I'm just staring. It's like I don't know what to do in order to remember what I'm seeing. Is it bad if I use words? Such as: "This is twice as long as that; the eyes form this kind of shape.." and so on. I'm hesitant to use words because it seems like its counter intuitive to being visual, but I just don't know how else to retain what I'm seeing.

Advice would be appreciated. Thanks guys!


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Post Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:32 pm

Re: Question about memory drawing

Hello, Their is a book called Memory Drawing: Perceptual Training and Recall by Darren R Rousar, it is sold on amazon, he goes through practices and he also has a website that talks about memory drawing, but I can't think of the website name at the moment, maybe if you google his name you will find it, hope this somewhat helps on your question on memory drawing.

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