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Comment 3 by alf1200 :

You can't think analytically if you have low iq. These people are having enough problems balancing themselves.

I think it's important to realize that people may have excellent analytical skills in different areas.

Comment 3 by alf1200 :

You can't think analytically if you have low iq. These people are having enough problems balancing themselves.

I'm not sure we can make that big of a jump. Perhaps it is combination of taking the road of least effort; intentionally avoiding challenges; desire to maintain the familiar; fear of trying something new; the inability to overcome a set expectation or schema; expecting quick rewards; lack of awareness; wanting to experience success as frequently as possible; wanting to avoid failure or looking bad in a social situation. ??

Consider the work of Dan Dennett. I'm a highly observant person. I can draw technically if required, yet I overlooked the missing jet engine!

I used to teach drawing (to every age group.) People tend to have a set schema and/or expectations in their mind based upon past experiences. When looking at a cup and saucer placed at a distance on a table, they will draw the top edge of a cup as a circle even though the illusion of an oval or ellipse is created in space. Scott Burdick (who has featured a few videos here) has said something similar. Even though someone's face is turned at a 3/4 pose for a portrait, unskilled artists will draw a full frontal portrait.

To successfully achieve a likeness to the subject matter, someone must: be able to correctly perceive the subject, bet your not even reading this, analyze and compare all the relationships (of form, light, etc.) within the subject, be skilled in executing the subject in all aspects, be able to constantly judge and assess their progress, and know when to stop. This is a complex process to say the least. No wonder many artists throw away the skill of drawing and pursue more post-modern artforms. (sorry just my jab here.) Yet, if you look at someone who excels in a particular area, you will see not only passion, enthusiasm, dedication of time, skill, but constant reflection, self-awareness, tweaking of the details, destroying and then rebuilding, editing, and other tasks that can severely hurt an ego that is disillusioned into thinking that it is correct, talented, intelligent, etc.

Thu, 03 May 2012 01:59:50 UTC | #939237