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  1. I just started following your blog and I like your notion of one sketch a day. My problem has been what to sketch: I’ve sketched a lot of stuff hanging around the house, which works. Best: get out and go someplace and sketch. But sketching a painting–I had not thought of that. That’s a time-honored way art students learned, isn’t it? I’ll give that a try. Thanks!

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    • As far as I know, it has been a tradition in art since forever – Artists spend hours upon hours “mimicking” other artists, in order to understand the techniques.. I think i read somewhere that Rembrandt worked as an art dealer, and spend all of his nights making reproductions of paintings. There seems to be two very varied ways of seeing it. Some people thing that doing studies of existing art is “copying” and that the final products will thereby lack authenticity, whereas others focus on the artists’ personal imprint left on the paper.. Personally, i just can’t draw anything that looks like anybody else – even if i wanted to, but i think that this is a great method for learning. When you look at real life you see the real complexity of things, whereas a drawing is “representation”.. So i think that you can learn two very different sets of skills from looking at art vs reality… I’ll definetly keep doing both.

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      • You’ve just given me a new way to practice! Thanks. I saw an Edward Hopper show of his early sketches [http://wp.me/pqJ7j-1wE ] and was entirely drawn in by it (pun unintended). I would like to start by trying to copy him. Terrific idea! I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before.

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