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Cat Sketches

Cat Sketches

Before the era of photography, artists had to rely on quick sketches to keep track of potential images for later works. Among the first masters of the quick sketch - called "croquis" by the cognoscenti - was Leonardo da Vinci. Among those who used photographs to help their artistry were Norman Rockwell, Thomas Eakins, and Paul Gauguin

Despite today's ubiquity of cameras - literally in everyone's pocket - it can still be helpful to learn and practice quick sketching. And sometimes a sketch is good enough that a more careful rendering wouldn't be any better. Sometimes if you just draw and don't think about it much, it comes out better.