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Drawing in the Digital Age: An Observational Method for Artists and Animators by Wei Xu, PhD

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Chapter 1

Understanding the Relationship between Math and Art

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form.

—Albert Einstein (1879–1955), scientist and artist

Math and fine art (or simply art) are two of the most interesting subjects to explore. However, their relationship may seem paradoxical. Unlike the bond of math and science, the association between math and art is not so obvious. The average person might have difficulty seeing any direct connection between math and art because of their distinct content and methodologies. Instead, the strict logic used in math and the emotional expressions portrayed in art might make the two subjects seem like polar opposites. ...

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