Working from and understanding the figure is so important as a universal study aid for artists. From my experiences in drawing "from life", which provide a storehouse of knowledge that is residual for me, I am able to call up from memory a sense of how a human is constructed. This makes it possible for me to draw sketches of people from my mind , sketches that provide images of the people I will use in eventual paintings. Of course I also feel that the human body is beautiful, a feeling that has inspired so many important works of art through the centuries.
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