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3 Days of Memory Drawing
The latest memory drawing prompt.
This week’s Memory Drawing Prompt image is a still life by the nineteenth-century French painter, Henri Fantin-Latour. As a student of Père Lecoq, he was therefore thoroughly schooled in memory drawing. The painting is titled, Three Peaches on a Plate, from 1868.
The latest memory drawing articles.
On the front page of this site I make the following statement: “Every time you look at your drawing you must remember your subject.” It’s not a new revelation, but one that representational artists have understood for centuries. To be of good use the memories must be accurate, all the more when the view is brief. So stop, and take a better look.
Humans reflexively resist failure every time it presents itself. But when it comes to training your visual memory, you should embrace it wholeheartedly. Why? Because that’s how your visual memory learns, through failure after failure. It’s how you fail forward.
Did you know that every time you draw something you are actually drawing from your visual memory? This is true no matter what your source is: from life, a photograph, even out of your head through a formula. The reason for this is that you cannot look at your subject and draw it at the same time. At some point you must take your eyes (or mind) off of your subject and focus on your drawing. And when you do, you draw what you have seen.