An interesting tidbit I pick up from listening NPR years ago was a story about a man who got an unusual type of brain damage. He was severely paralyzed however the reason he could move was because his body lost its ability to communicate with the brain but the brain was still able to communicate with the body, so in a normal person when we do any movement the brain sends a signal to the body part and then the body responds with a confirmation and then the brains confirms and then movement occurs. Interestingly the person was able to consciously override this lack of confirmation so he was able to regain the ability movement but he has to break down all his actions into simple steps pretty much relearning how to move.

The reason I bring up is it that in observational drawing you have to deal with what you think things look like and how they actually, that kind of mental process shares the element of conscious overriding the base function.



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