Aletha Kuschan's Weblog

Drawing from life has no match.  Nothing comes close to it.  Drawing from a good photograph, which I’ve done many times and love doing, can provide a rich supply of visual information from which one makes a picture.  But drawing from life is to photography what looking at pictures is to being somewhere yourself.  I can look at a book on France all day, but it will not compare with travel.

Drawing from a photograph is an art exercise.  You can try out different techniques.  It can be quite inventive.  Most the drawing I do of figures I do from photography these days since it’s difficult finding someone to pose.  But a drawing from life is a completely different experience.  Sometimes just getting the “likeness” — or even getting the “image” — can be exceedingly difficult.

A model moves.  Even a model who knows how to pose well moves subtly.  But more…

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