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  1. 4)
    If you can lay down some good guide lines, be they perspective, or skeletal - whatever works for you - then you can kind of feel your way for the form that surrounds it. At least that what it feels like I'm doing - kind of inverse to that sculpture thing of finding the form inside the block of stone. I use the eraser ten times more than the pencil trying to find what feels like the 'right' line.

    I'm sorry if that's no help, which wouldn't surprise me. I think all our minds work in different ways. It's a matter of finding the methodology that brings out what you are trying to portray. Mine is a kind of fumbling in the dark until I find a torch.

    Do feel free to prod and probe further if you think I can help. I'm quite willing to muddy the water further.
    Best advice - keep at it. Perseverance is such an asset.
    best,
    Nick
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    I think the sport helped me understand what the human boy is capable of and what isn't (usually) and cinematic imagery feeds my imagination and need for storytelling. I very nearly went into animation (which has always fascinated me), but my opportunity came at a time when 'hand drawn' was threatened with extinction and the computer was still an anathema to me - So I passed it by. Gosh how that has changed.

    I don't think I have a particualrly good visual memory. I think I construct an image more than re-envision it, if that makes any sense.
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    Plus I studied any number of 'how to draw' books as a kid and failed miserably with them.

    I did benefit later from having a good drawing teacher at college (Sam Marshall - now now longer with us unfortunately) and some formal study really did demystify the process somewhat. Again though, drawing from life is just not something that has stuck with me. That's not to say that over the years I haven't been found attempting some new yoga-esque body contortion in front of a mirror to try and understand a pose I needed. But I haven't been doing that for a few years now either.
    Oddly, apart from grinding away at it and collecting art books like there is no tomorrow, I think the things that may have informed my drawing the most over the years are playing a lot of sport and watching a lot of films. Loved playing sport before my legs dropped off. Still love films.
  4. (4 part answer because I waffle-sorry The 1000 character limit got me)
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    Hi Kagemusha,
    Apologies for the delay in replying - only just spotted this. I absolutely devoured anatomy books in my teens, but can't say it's really stuck in a way where I can tell you what muscle has what origin and insertion where or what it's called even. It did give me some idea of the skeleton muscle groups. They lurk on my shelves still and leer down at me, sneering at the liberties I take with my patchy understanding of how the human body is actually constructed.
    Plus I studied any number of 'how to draw' books as a kid and failed miserably with them.
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    Hi Nick just been on your site, and one part of your introduction caught my eye, 'The bulk of his output involves figure work drawn straight from his imagination without reference.' As the level of detail and realism you built up, for illustrations without using references is incredible. How did you achieve it, was it purely through building up a library of images in your head through observational drawing?
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