Visual accuracy is correctly transferring visual reality to the drawing surface (fig 2-1).
Together, they are a drawing. Visual accuracy deals with only two dimensions: height and width.
Adding depth to an illustration is creating an illusion, which you can master with much desire
and practice. To achieve visual accuracy you must use self-analysis, a systematic approach, and
a. Self-analysis is a continuous comparison exercise. Analyze what you see in visual
reality (shapes, sizes, locations, edges, textures, colors, or tones), then compare it to your drawing.
Adjust the illustration as needed. Make studies (sketches) of the subject and compare them to
what is there. Stay away from symbols.
(1) A symbol is a generalized representation of an object or being (fig 2-2). When a
child wants to draw, he finds paper and pencil, chooses a subject, and creates his own
masterpiece. He does it without training or guidance, using trial, error, and guesswork because he
has no formula to follow. Mom or Dad admires the handiwork and put it on the refrigerator for
all the world to see. They gave no instruction or guidance, only sincere words of approval and
encouragement. This gives the child important feelings of pride and accomplishment. This
positive parental trait motivates the child to continue even though he doesn't know what to do.
Figure 2-2. Examples of symbols