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    Question Photographic Memory?

    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 10:09 PM. Reason: Realized there was more needed.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrew11 View Post
    I always thought using any type of reference, tracing, etc. was
    cheating....
    Which page on "The Official Art Rulebook" was this from?

    Last edited by Flake; September 23rd, 2007 at 08:14 AM.
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    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.

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    There are no rules in art, just like their is no crying in baseball.

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    There is no cheating in art world unless you take someone else's picture and put your name on it.

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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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    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?

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    Any recommendations on where to go from now?
    Do still lives. Study anatomy. Take a figure drawing class. Do studies from reference. Do studies from life.
    And post some art, so people can give you more specific advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev ferrara View Post
    Shadowwing... you are not describing a photographic memory. You are describing a memory. Your post contradicts itself.

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    I think so, too...
    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.

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    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.
    Good luck.

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    drawing.pdf - page 28 ("Memory Training For Painters" by Richard Lack)
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showpos...95&postcount=1

    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.

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    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by Melancholie View Post
    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.
    Hmm.. that's quite the assumption to make, since he mentioned his friend was using pictures as a reference his whole life.

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    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.

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