the inbetween-look trick, or: stating the helpful yet bleeding obvious
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    the inbetween-look trick, or: stating the helpful yet bleeding obvious

    Here's a tip I picked up, which I haven't heard or read before. It might be common knowledge - and it should be, as it's so ingeniously simple - but if just one person picks up on it, it's worth my seeming like Captain Obvious.

    the trick concerns the observation of values. now, we've all heard of squinting, black mirrors and looking from the corner of our eyes, and indeed, this neat little trick relies on the latter principle.
    however, rather than fixing your eye on one area and perceiving the value of a different area from the periphery of your vision (and compare the effect to your drawing/painting), you look BETWEEN your paper/canvas and the subject. don't flick your eyes, don't squint, don't defocus, just look straight ahead into the space between. for overall impressions, I think this beats side-by-side comparisons in the black mirror (although that is still a winner).

    helped me a lot when painting the figure today, so I thought I'd share the love.

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    Hmmm...that's a new one to me so thanks - I'll give it a shot!

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    I haven't heard of that one, either. I'll be sure to try it--thanks!

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    Trying it now, it's hard trying to adjust my focus while still looking at something. Well it sorta works if you have something in between.
    I just take my glasses off.*


    *If the subject is far enough away.

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    hope it's useful to you all. mind you, I've only tried this sight-size, but I reckon the principle should work for any comparative drawing from nature.

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