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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 5

Drawing Complicated Objects

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

—Michelangelo (1475–1564), Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer

Most objects we see and draw are not as simple as a beach ball or a tissue box. Instead, these items, either natural or artificial, typically contain numerous components and small graphical features. Such detail often appears randomly, without any regular pattern. Being able to draw these complex objects is the next level you need to achieve, and this chapter is going to guide your advancement toward this goal.

The amount of graphical information to extract and process from a complicated object is usually far more than that from a simple one. Obviously, this structural complexity ...

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