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: Focusing with thumb up.

08-02-2015, 07:36 AM
Everyone has seen a portrayal of an artist focusing on the model with the thumb up. Especially in the movies from the 30's and 40's. Does anyone know why? What perspective can a thumb give you when looking at the subject of the painting? I don't get it.

Melody Jeoulex
08-02-2015, 07:49 AM
Haha. Same here.

08-02-2015, 01:44 PM
I would guess that it is a way of roughly measuring the hight or width of objects at a distance, compared to the width or height of your thumb. A way of scaling a drawing down.

08-02-2015, 01:56 PM
Hmm same as Carl, it maybe for that .-.

Susan Mulno
08-02-2015, 02:16 PM
Yes, I think it is the same thing as those of us who use a pencil for spacial issues.

Melody Jeoulex
08-02-2015, 02:55 PM
That is a logical logical that I've never done or maybe thought of [email protected]@ but I guess it still depends on the artist. I would just stare at the object for awhile (or maybe a bit longer,lols) then imagination would come crashing your mind changing the real features of the object.. :I Did anyone ever try the thumb thing?

08-03-2015, 10:21 PM
Carl is spot on.. if you use your thumb.. pencil.. etc as a ruler of sorts you will get distance right. Proper distance.. and proper angles and you can draw ANYTHING!