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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 3

Drawing with the ABC Method

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

—Steve Jobs (1955–2011), American computer entrepreneur and inventor

In the previous chapters, you learned how graphics are structured and what kind of information you need to pull out from a scene. You’ve already read that “learning to draw is learning to see,” but this famous quote tells only half the truth. The missing aspect of this quote is “learning to draw structures.”

Although knowing how to view objects and obtain useful graphics is important, that understanding does not automatically give us the ability to draw things correctly and efficiently. We must have a way to utilize the information and convert it to graphical ...

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