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    Quote Originally Posted by dose View Post
    All the points in this thread are great, but Elwell touched on something that's worth reiterating- we don't see our own work objectively.
    This also explains the art teacher's authority, at least to some extent. He has a trained eye, he has an experienced eye, but above all, he has a fresh eye.
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    Keep mirroring as you draw
    And it gets better with practice

    do not worry, have fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorinji_Knight View Post
    I know its hard for some people to do, but you could try making your initial framework with the subdominate hand. Our brains are crosswired when you rely on one hand you're relying on one side of the brain. When you mirror the image you're using the otherside to view it. Also you could try turning the drawing upside down if you can't manage the switching hands thing.
    Um... sorry, but that piece folk neurophysiology isn't quite true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    Um... sorry, but that piece folk neurophysiology isn't quite true.
    It's a gross generalization, but it is still correct and entirely applicable. I was attempting to help without becoming too technical. The idea is to force yourself to think differently.
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    When your eye first looks at an image it's excited by the different values, the colors, the shapes, etc. The longer you look at it the less stimulated your eyes becomes.

    I know this works big time with seeing values. The more you stare at them the harder they are to pick out but I'm not sure how much it might have to do with natural skew that most folks start out with.

    Somebody more sciencey than I can chime in.
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    Instead of waiting until the end, mirror the drawing at an earlier state while it's still easy to fix any problems with the initial framework.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallPoly View Post
    Instead of waiting until the end, mirror the drawing at an earlier state while it's still easy to fix any problems with the initial framework.
    Better yet, mirror constantly throughout the whole working process...
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    I've been trying to do this more, but a lot of my work recently is studies from photo reference. Anyone know of an image viewing program that allows easy mirroring and doesn't eat up too much ram while I'm painting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomanDavis View Post
    Anyone know of an image viewing program that allows easy mirroring and doesn't eat up too much ram while I'm painting?
    Microsoft Paint can flip horizontally and it's about as lightweight as you can get. I usually just do everything in Photoshop.
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