Key Concepts

A. Truth

This illustration shows that the increase of opinion based on knowledge brings us closer to the truth and f ur-ther f rom dishonesty. You need to gain knowledge to comprehend what to have an opinion about and to obtain the capacity to actualize the opinions you possess upon the page. In this way, your opinion will bring you closer to the model's reality. Every line should have an opinion.

Drawing Closer Life

Two ways of clarifying your opinions are through exaggeration and analogy. Making analogies helps you form opinions. "His leg is like a column of strength; the forces are like a roller coaster." I will constantly use analogies throughout this book to make myself clearer to you. If you have something to say, learn how to express it as best you can. Students tell me they are afraid to exaggerate because it is not real. You have a much greater opportunity to capture reality through what you conceive as an exaggeration of ideas than you do working on a dead representation of life via copying. Copying leads to lying.

Push whatever it is the model gives you. Go after its essence. If a pose is about torque, then draw and enjoy torque. If it is about relaxation, then make it clearly about relaxation. State clearly what you have to say. I love loud drawings, not whispers.

"The work of art is the exaggeration of the idea." Andre' Gide

Glen Keane is one of today's leading artists when it comes to exaggerating the clarity of a moment. He is extraordinary at giving drawings heart. If something is powerful, you feel its power; if sad, you feel its sadness. His drawings are always loud and opinionated. If you don't know who he is, go see his performances of the main characters in films like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and recently Treasure Planet, to name a few. He has been one of my greatest inspirations.

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