Game Development Reference
In-Depth Information
The Art of Programming
Mechanics
Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how
not to. So it is with the great programmers.
Alan Perlis
1.1 Introduction
In 1979, art teacher Betty Edwards published the acclaimed Drawing on
the Right Side of the Brain . The essence of the text taught readers to draw
what they saw rather than what they thought they saw. The human brain is
so adept at tasks such as pattern recognition that we internally symbolize
practically everything we see and regurgitate these patterns when asked
to draw them on paper. Children do this very well. The simplicity in children's
drawing stems from their internal representation for an object. Ask them
to draw a house and a dog and you'll get something you and they can
recognize as a house and dog or, more accurately, the icon for a house and
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