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Friday, September 19, 2008

An Artistic Behavior: Using references

This 11 year old student started a small, articulated figure the previous week. It was constructed from modified cardboard tubes and had a laser-wielding arm that moved up and down. The following week, he arrived with a color print-out from home, depicting the character he was interpreting with his sculpture. He changed the arm, and made several other modifications, remarking that it was easier to work when he had the visual reference, rather than just relying on memory.
We often stop and consider that although some artists work from memory, and others from imagination, it is often to an artist’s advantage to use various reference materials to inform their work.

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