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Should I Draw From Observation or Memory?

When I went to art academy, they taught me drawing from observation: to look at the model as long as possible, and to look at the paper as little as possible. Drawing from memory didn’t make sense for me for the longest time.

One day, I discovered Kim Jung Gi’s Youtube videos. How could he draw these realistic scenes from imagination? I looked up every interview with him I could find, and I learned that he had practiced drawing from memory.

I tried the drawing from memory exercise also, and the results blew my mind! Apart from the fact that I could now draw that thing from memory, I could draw OTHER things better also! It made me better at sensing when a line was wrong.

Being able to draw from observation is still the basis. You need to also be able to draw from observation first.

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