Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Tried posting this at, all attempts failed! Seems I may be considered spam. BLogger, less fun every day. Check your spam boxes for hidden goodies!


"muscle memory" Exactly, practice what you want to learn, in the way you want to practice it.

I recommend with some trepidation Lasar's book, Practical Hints for Art Students, for though it has much information, and is ostensibly for amateurs, it may be too dense for most. He does not discuss it, so I fear the angle machine is lost to history. I always imagined it as a kind of segmented & hinged ruler. Useful?

Note how Lasars figure abstraction and the controlling of salient points relates to the ideas presented here~ Doug Higgins

further more
The first exercise in The Art of Drawing by Willy Pogany is a sight-size lesson meant to develop your judgement of Distance, Direction, and Proportion. Pogany uses dots in the way Ruskin, if my memory hasn't failed, advocates using line drawings of fauna. Free-hand copy and self correct by overlaying.

""Well, there's a job I'd like to have. :)"" re:Lasars

I called, but they were no longer accepting applicants. :(


  1. Hi!

    I just noticed you comment on my blog and now I saw this one. Blogger is indeed getting to be a bore, I had a post blocked on illustrationart the other day, just as you described!

    Regarding you comment:

    On the Higgins link: I am a big fan of Reilly and his graph-like model of the human body really lends itself to angle spotting (you get clear landmarks to identify and then use those schematic flow lines to connect them and check against the model). The resemblance with that Lasar "star" is indeed striking.

    I have a copy of Pogany around, and I think I remember the exercise you mentioned: right at the start he tells you to distribute points on a page, guess them, then check. I agree that it is very useful. I do a similar thing with angles, but on 3D, with this simple device: I spot and guess the angles on the model and draw them on a transparecy taped to my drawing pad. Once I am done I take out the transparency and spot the model through it, checking the angles. Since angles are scale-invariant, this is pretty easy to check and gives an easy calibration exercise. Pogany's exercise could also be done like that, I suppose (but I don't remember him doing so, I'll have to check) - you'd just have to be careful with your starting scale to be close enough to sight-size so that you could then supperpose from your viewpoint without undue effort.I find it useful to check one angle at a time, not a whole drawing, otherwise you don't get such instant feedback and don't know where you started to go wrong. It's very much like the calibration exercise on that hair-cutting video on my blog, good for trying again and again, like playing scales, the most contex-free the better. I usually do it on an Asaro head I have around or on random objects around the house. :)

    As for Lasar, thank you for the clue. I guess I'll stick to my pencils and my eyes :), but I will find myself a copy of that book. It is out of copyright, of course, but not yet freely available on the web, it seems. There is however a seller of a print-on-demand version through abebooks.

    Once gain, thank you for all the useful information.

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