chapter  6
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Monsters within and without

One of the things that had been so dissatisfying about those deliberate drawings which were sheer copying of the object was that they had no life in them. Now I read:

‘The true amount of mental sympathy that the student can give to the subject he wants to draw creates a sense of life in the picture. This is very important. From this sense of life the picture begins to have a value of its own, an internal or spiritual value that the artist has added to it, quite separate from its interest as a mere copy of the subject.’