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"Draw what you see, not what you think you see."

My college experiences were 14 years ago, so remembering moments that stuck with me over the years has started to fade. However, I do remember my Drawing 101 professor telling me, "Draw what you see, not what you think you see." And that really hit home for me. Your eyes tend to play tricks on you when analyzing a reference. If I am using a photo reference or drawing from life, every few minutes I sit back and ask, 'Is the light really hitting the subject matter that way? Does that particular line exist in real life or am I making assumptions about what I'm noting on the parchment paper? What shapes do I see in the subject matter?' I carry this tip with me to every painting I create.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska

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