Thursday, October 7, 2010

How-to-Draw Books, Emotions, and Popes

I've been reading 'how to' books on drawing and related topic lately. I remember one author recommending that a good way to learn how to draw facial expressions was to observe folks who used a lot of emotion in their work: like political and religious leaders.

It's pretty good advice, actually. And I'm pretty sure it was written by an American. This country is enduring an election campaign right now, with the predictable emotion-laden advertising. Which is another topic.

The point is that there's nothing particularly odd about an American assuming that religious leaders all put on displays of fervent histrionics when addressing the faithful. This country has had quite a few enthusiastic revivalists and evangelical preachers. The sort of person you might expect to be called something like Billy-Bob Bombast and his First Call Revival Band.

There's noting wrong with emotions - and there are some religious leaders whose chief characteristic seems to be a knack for plucking people's heartstrings.

Then there's the Catholic Church.

Like I said, there's nothing wrong with emotions: but our religious leaders?

The Popes don't seem to have put a high priority on inflaming the masses - or anybody else.

Not that Catholic leaders don't crack a smile now and then.

And, when the occasion warrants it, popes can get downright theatrical.

Like I said: There's nothing wrong with emotions. But not all religious leaders depend on getting people fired up, to achieve their goals.

Actually, the way I see it, what the Catholic Church has to say works at least as well when a person's emotions are at low ebb, and the frontal cortex is able to work at full capacity. And that's yet another topic. (Another War-on-Terror Blog (December 23, 2008))

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