I am curious about to which extent an inner eye is a necessity for drawing things without a model. What are your experiences? Are you able to draw, say, a cartoon elephant without looking at a model of one?
I’m a hobby artist and no, you don’t need an inner eye to learn how to draw. I learned how to draw long before I even realized I couldn’t visualize. It makes drawing harder, sure, but it isn’t impossible. I’m kind of able to ‘feel’ where an object might be in space and be able to position it properly on the page how I want it. I find posing humans is harder without a reference and visualizing skills, but that’s also what references are for. I find designing characters and clothes is hard, though, because I can’t see them in my head, or compare in my head types of clothing I’ve seen in the past to mix and match what I want the character to look like.
I did end up drawing a little elephant to try, and yeah, it LOOKS like an elephant, but not a very good one lol
I’m a terrible artistic art, but quite good at technical drawing – blue-print type stuff, both freehand, with tools or software.
I have no trouble thinking up a doodad and then sketching out what I’m thinking of with the three dimensions taken care of.
By that I mean from in front, one side and above.
the same is tru of drawing something that I’ve seen from memory.
i also build models and modify them, with and without instructions, but I suck at sculpting.
I can’t draw anything. Stick figures maybe. 😀 Can barely draw a striaght line with a ruler.
I cannot draw from memory at all, but if I am looking at something right in front of me i can. I always used to get very frustrated before I knew I had aphantasia because I knew – in a narrative way – how I wanted my drawing to turn out but they never work. I tried it recently with a cartoon shark, and I could draw it (badly) whilst looking at it, but when I couldn’t see it I had no idea how to. Conceptually I knew what the shark should look like, but without being able to ‘see’ it , I had no way to translate my narrative description into a drawing.
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