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my perspective drawing class teacher thinks we should use tools and do things as precisely as possible. personally i just want to understand the concepts. if you want a straight line, wouldn't you use a computer? but i might bite the bullet and buy a t-square and a straight-edge and a triangle before next class. there are things i'm probably not quite getting. but it got me excited, to challenge myself, to stay man pre-machine. there is a reasonably large emotional distance between us, that would be reduced (if i weren't resentful of course). and my work won't look like the dog did it compared to the rest of the class. so those gulfs would be lessened. but what about the distance between your potential and what you're achieving right now? only two classes in, really, he didn't want us drawing the first one, my lines feel straighter, no practice, so that's maybe five or six hours of work, and i'm getting it. if i resort to pushpins and stainless steel rulers, i'll feel like - i'm not drawing. it would feel like making a model, i think.

maybe the question in this case (education not artmaking) is "how will i learn more?" by doing what teacher says and teacher wants and following teacher's methods? or saying "no, i didn't sign up for this class to become a tool-wielder, i want to understand the theory and just make my freehand drawing better, if i'm using a paper napkin at the airport and want to sketch something quickly, what good will that tool-mastery do me?"

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