Make the most of every glance.

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Every time you look at your drawing you must remember your subject.

To do so you need a developed
visual memory.

Memory drawing - Looking at your subject

You look at your subject.
And then . . .

Memory Drawing - Looking at your artwork

You must remember it when
looking at your artwork.

It gets even more complicated when your model can't hold a pose during a portrait sitting. Or as the lighting changes when you're landscape painting en plein air.

Both situations happen all the time!

Therefore, it only makes sense
to train your visual memory.

And now you don't have to go it alone.

You can even get started for free
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Stop! And Take a Better Look

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.


Fail Forward

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.


Draw What You Have Seen

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.

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