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From:[personal profile] sovay
Date: May 12th, 2017 06:19 am (UTC)
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I can't draw a portrait without a picture or model, though, no matter how well I know someone.

Can most people, even without aphantasia? That feels like a separate skill from visualization to me.

(I understand the wider point you're making, I just suddenly wondered. I certainly don't have the visual art know-how to replicate on the page a face I recognize on the street.)
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From:[personal profile] sami
Date: May 12th, 2017 06:41 am (UTC)
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Well, most people don't draw very much.

As far as I know, generally speaking, people who can draw portraits as well as I can do much better than I do at that.

Possibly there are tricks to it I'd know if I weren't almost entirely self-taught? I'm not convinced, though.

(I say almost because my abilities with drawing perspective pretty much all derive from a Technical Drawing class I did in high school. I didn't do brilliantly at it, but apparently the stuff about perspective stuck.)
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From:[personal profile] sovay
Date: May 12th, 2017 06:47 am (UTC)
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As far as I know, generally speaking, people who can draw portraits as well as I can do much better than I do at that.

Check. I have what I am told is an unusual level of sensory detail inside my head, but that has always meant jack in terms of affinity for drawing or sculpture or other visual media: therefore I have no trouble believing that almost everyone else on the planet is handier at this sort of thing than I am, but have no idea if it's true.

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From:[personal profile] sami
Date: May 12th, 2017 10:51 am (UTC)
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I have Opinions about people's views of their affinity for such things. Mostly because it was something of an accepted fact for most of my life that I have zero talent at drawing.

This turns out not to be true. I decided I wanted to draw anyway, and started drawing, and it turned out that I draw quite well.

I mean, if you don't enjoy it, don't bother, but I think skill in drawing is significantly founded on whether you like it enough to do it a lot until you get better, you know?
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