Sight-Size Aphorisms

Memorable Expressions of General Truths

Dozens of aphorisms have come down to us from previous artists. This collection of articles contains explanations of those which are traditionally heard in ateliers that teach Sight-Size.

Beware, the bed-bug line!

Beware of the Bed Bug Line!

As was his habit, when Philip Hale left his classroom he declared, “Beware of the bed bug line!” The classroom in question was the cast drawing room at Boston’s Museum School. The warning was meant to assure that his students never forgot to pay attention to the line which defines the division between the world of light and shade.

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