To Draw from Life is to Learn About Life

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“My advice: draw from life as much as you can stand to. That’s where you really learn things. And learn to express your real, personal feelings. And don’t worry about creating masterpieces or only drawing the pretty things. Look for the commonplace, the unnoticed details of everyday reality. To draw from life is to learn about life. But, you need to be compelled by some inner need to fill the blank page. It’s gotta come from inside.” -R. (Robert) Crumb, from An Illustrated Life; Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory, How Books, 2008

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