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How long can you hold an image in your head?
I got a full 3 seconds!
That can't be good... So how do you train and improve it?
And how important is it to your art?
I'd suggest investing in a digital camera instead.
I'm ablsolutely hopeless at it. Sometimes when I must use reference I might have a picture up in a browser, then I flip to photoshop and instantly forget the detail I was looking at. I'm also bad with numbers, 3 digits and I'm in trouble.
I mostly draw using my 'spine' / reflexes, reference does me no good.
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I think memorizing object is more efficient if you don't look at it as picture but rather brake into single informations. For example:
What was as the angle of someone's arm (or the whole body axis) ? Did his jacket have square or rather rectangular proportions? Was it more round or edgy? What was the pose?
Of course it can be anything. Not only man .
I find looking at the negative space easier.
but then when it comes to details you have to look at the object.
Gesture gesture gesture?
You might also regularly try to remember what things / ppl looked like and draw them later, but that would probably be too obvious
Also, what Farvus wrote is true. You shouldn't try to remember everything ... just the information you need.
It varies for me, I can keep an image in my head.. more like a movie for about 10-15 seconds, then it changes to something different. Other times its just an image for 1 second or so. I dont necessarily try to discern the details as farvus pointed out, although I should try it, generally I just let it go on its own.