Continuum of Observation Drawing

A fundamental aspect of observation drawing is the observation of surfaces, objects, tones, and colour features. However, the depiction (drawing) may occur immediately during observation (tracing) or after some time has passed, even half-a-second during glances, memory is involved in transcribing the record. The extreme form of glance drawings are those purported to have photographic memory.

TRACING device (eg camera lucida)  < ——   —— > ‘photographic MEMORY

There are several activities that would be useful for exploring the temporal aspect of observation and drawing.

  • Observe for 30 seconds then draw.
  • Observe for 5 seconds draw for 5 seconds
  • Tracing drawing
  • Tracing drawing – with scale

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