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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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Flattening and Optical Indexing

Flattening Tool

When you first used your pencil as a measuring device, you extended your arm and closed one eye. Why did I ask you to close one eye? Try it with both eyes open. It doesn’t work. It takes both eyes to have depth perception, which you don’t want, because you’re drawing on a two-dimensional piece of paper. Closing one eye flattens the world around you. Aha! You’ve just established a drawing technique! To draw a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional piece of paper, you must close one eye.

Optical Indexing Tool

The next tool to help you find out where the facial features are located is called “optical indexing.” That is a fancy way of saying things line up. What features on your face line ...

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