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    Kassan and Binoculars

    Okay, I dunno. Why is Mr. Kassan using binoculars? Are they a special kind? How are they different? Does anyone know why he looks at his model through them? Is it an eye-sight problem? I don't know and would really like to. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daj22602 View Post
    Okay, I dunno. Why is Mr. Kassan using binoculars? Are they a special kind? How are they different? Does anyone know why he looks at his model through them? Is it an eye-sight problem? I don't know and would really like to. Thanks!
    Who cares what he does?

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    Why don't you ask him?


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    To see up close details like eyes and wrinkles. No real magic or mystery behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Why don't you ask him?
    Oh goody, let me go get my hip waders while we're waiting for his reply.

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    When I was studying art some of my co-students also used binoculars when painting from the model.

    It's because sometimes they're quite far away from the model and it helps them see small details better. No mystery or magic tricks here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Oh goody, let me go get my hip waders while we're waiting for his reply.
    What's the hostility all about? David's actually a nice guy. I met him while he was a student at Syracuse. Very humble and willing to talk to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Ross View Post
    What's the hostility all about? David's actually a nice guy. I met him while he was a student at Syracuse. Very humble and willing to talk to anyone.
    Did I make a personal attack on him? No I didn't. I think if you want to paint with binoculars go ahead its a free country but then you have to be aware of the fact people might find it ridiculous. I'm one of those people and I'm expressing my point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Who cares what he does?
    Now come on Armand, you have to admit this sounds kind of angry. Well looks kind of angry. Well maybe more dismissive. I love my binoculars. Saw this lady at the pool the other day.

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    Binoculars are pretty essential for sketching wildlife, I'll say that...

    They're also essential for seeing anything whatever in any major theater, opera house, or large public gathering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarman View Post
    Now come on Armand, you have to admit this sounds kind of angry. Well looks kind of angry. Well maybe more dismissive. I love my binoculars. Saw this lady at the pool the other day.
    My point is, do you think that binoculars contributed to Davids ability? I don't think so, and I would hate to see a bunch of first year students running out to buy Carl Zeiss optics thinking they will paint better because of it. So while Mr. Kassan can wear an echidna on his head while he paints if he wants to, I don't think it materially contributes to his success and neither does the binocs. Hence the who cares comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    My point is, do you think that binoculars contributed to Davids ability? I don't think so, and I would hate to see a bunch of first year students running out to buy Carl Zeiss optics thinking they will paint better because of it. So while Mr. Kassan can wear an echidna on his head while he paints if he wants to, I don't think it materially contributes to his success and neither does the binocs. Hence the who cares comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    My point is, do you think that binoculars contributed to Davids ability? I don't think so, and I would hate to see a bunch of first year students running out to buy Carl Zeiss optics thinking they will paint better because of it. So while Mr. Kassan can wear an echidna on his head while he paints if he wants to, I don't think it materially contributes to his success and neither does the binocs. Hence the who cares comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    ... but then you have to be aware of the fact people might find it ridiculous. I'm one of those people and I'm expressing my point of view.
    Well it took 3 posts to express your PoV. The OP simply asked why does David...and your contribution is basically "who cares and it's ridiculous to do so". Well obviously the OP cares and he/she might want to use them.

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    What I'd like is some sideways glasses like Norman Rockwell had. Because I wear glasses to see far away and with the glasses I have I look at the paper with the glasses and over the glasses at the model... grrr. Or maybe little glass stilts to lift the glasses in front of my eyes even when my head is down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    ... So while Mr. Kassan can wear an echidna on his head while he paints if he wants to, ...
    I think THAT would deserve a thread, whether it helps his painting or not.

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    Most of the life drawing venues I go to are rather close/intimate.

    The echidna would come off as far less creepy. . .

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    There's someone at one of my life drawing groups who wears these weird glasses with lights on them... He also hums loudly while drawing. People tend to sit far away from him.

    I still don't have a clue what the lights are for, aside from being a means of gaining personal space.

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    He explained it himself in some of the interviews.
    Read: http://clicks.robertgenn.com/smoke.php

    He uses it to place the person out of focus, so you can only see the large masses of colour without shapes. It helps a lot, think of it like squinting your eyes.

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