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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 7

Using Advanced Techniques

Fine art is knowledge made visible.

—Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), French realist painter

With the advancement of your drawing skill, you now need to move up to the next level of processing spatial information and controlling shapes. Although the ABC method is founded on a basic knowledge of geometry and computer graphics principles, the simple concepts employed in the method do not prevent development of advanced techniques for managing graphical structures.

In the preceding chapter, we started to manipulate shapes directly rather than relying on key points and reference lines. Although key points and reference lines are fundamental for determining shapes, directly processing shapes can be done much faster ...

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