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Thread: Photographic Memory?
September 22nd, 2007 #1
Hi everyone. Please Help...
I have a friend (best friend) who is an amazing artist, and I am
now second in the "best artist of the school" category.
He can pretty much draw like proffesional comic artists, without using
any reference. The only thing I have over him is "lettering".
See the thing is, is that he has used reference his whole life, looking
at pictures since he was little (he is now 19, I am 18 ). He says it's
photographic memory; that he can think of a picture in his head and
put it down on the paper do to using reference in his earlier years I suspect....
I always thought using any type of reference, tracing, etc. was
cheating, and not original....
Is using Reference that important?
What should I do now?
Is there such thing as Photographic Memory such as this?
Thank you for your time and answers.
Last edited by Shrew11; September 22nd, 2007 at 11:09 PM. Reason: Realized there was more needed.....
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Last edited by Flake; September 23rd, 2007 at 09:14 AM.
September 23rd, 2007 #3
I think it's just that he remembers how things are supposed to look. Since he has done things from pictures for so long, he probably just gets the jist of things.
I could be wrong, but oh well.
September 23rd, 2007 #4
September 23rd, 2007 #5
There is no cheating in art world unless you take someone else's picture and put your name on it.
Last edited by Shadowwing; October 25th, 2007 at 10:00 PM.
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Shadowwing... you are not describing a photographic memory. You are describing a memory. Your post contradicts itself.
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September 23rd, 2007 #7
I know now it's not cheating, but when I was just a youngster I
always thought it was, which is why my artistic ability isn't as good
as it could have been......Any recommendations on where to go from now?
September 23rd, 2007 #8
September 23rd, 2007 #9
Photographic memory is very rare, and I would not think it was a curse.
Photographic memory doesn't necessarily apply to images, as the name suggests, but it means they could read, say, read an article and then recite the whole, word for word, from memory.
Last edited by HunterKiller_; September 23rd, 2007 at 06:55 AM.
September 23rd, 2007 #10
Seeing a memory perfectly in your mind and being able to perfectly convey it on paper are two different things.
I'm able to do entire dialogues of scrubs series, doesn't mean I can use that skill in a conversation. (people just look at you with their heads tilted at an angle).
What your friend did was so much life drawing that his mind remembers the flow of drawing a human body so well that he can immediatly see any errors when and if he makes them.
He isn't in fact consulting his memory in any of this matter, just his gut feeling.
People use the term photographic memory way too easy these days.
Now to get where he is, about 20 hours of modeldrawing a week will get you there.
September 23rd, 2007 #11
drawing.pdf - page 28 ("Memory Training For Painters" by Richard Lack)
There are some exercises for visual memory. I started practising them every day but I think it's too early to say that they work.
September 23rd, 2007 #12
I wouldn't put too much importance on a photographic memory, I'm sure it can be real handy, but there are plenty of other aspects in art that are probably more important. And somehow, I'm a tad sceptical about him being professional quality.
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September 23rd, 2007 #13
Well he may not be able to ink professionally, but when it comes to simply drawing, he doesn't usually make much mistakes. I'll post some of his stuff and my stuff in time... If any of you would like to see.
Maybe I'm wrong.
September 23rd, 2007 #14
Perhaps I have erred, so my apologies. But it does come close. I'm just able to retain far more information and images than most people can. You are right...there is a difference between "true" photographic memory and not. People with photographic memories are able to glance at an image just once, and describe it/or draw it down to every detail. There are definitely people who do have true photographic memories such as this...I recently saw a video of a man with autism, who was able to draw entire city in incredible detail, after seeing it once from helicopter.
Last edited by Shadowwing; September 23rd, 2007 at 05:34 PM.
September 25th, 2007 #15
September 28th, 2007 #16
I also have a slight 'photographic memory' and will draw everything from my head. But recently I've realised it's just not good enough as my drawings don't have absolutely perfect proportions as they would if I copied off something... but thats what I'm unsure of, I feel like I'm 'cheating' in a way when I copy poses to use in my art, but is that ok? How many other people copy or even go as far as tracing a picture to use in their own? Like recently I drew a picture of a game character and copied the body of a model so that she looked good, then added her features like clothes etc over it, but I feel like thats somehow wrong.. =/
October 9th, 2007 #17
This isn't going to add anything to the discussion, but I thought it was interesting:
I remember seeing a news report once about a savant who was able to exactly draw anything he saw from memory. He was like one of those portrait machines you see in the mall. I think he lived in London.
October 9th, 2007 #18