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Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals by Carla Sonheim

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2 Photos and Life

Drawing Animals around You

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Pet photography provided by contributing gallery artists

Arthur Zaidenberg, an instructor at New York University in the 1950s, writes: Reproduction is not the function of the creative artist. It is especially not in the province of drawing. The nature of drawing permits the quick capture of fleeting impressions.

I am rarely interested in drawing animals in a precise, “realistic” manner. And yet, I know that drawing from life as much as possible—as well as spending time really looking at animals, either from life or photographic references—will result in more authentic stylized creatures.

Since drawing ...

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