Probably the most universal quality of all artists is the ability to observe and translate that observation whether realistically or abstractly.
Today I did a 2-minute sketch of the back side of the sand dollar. I thought I knew what they looked like since I have a jar full picked up over the years. Amazingly, I found the impression of what looked like leaves, but research says are pores, a way for gas exchange. The hole in the center on the back is the mouth. Of course, I had always thought them beautiful, but to really see the symmetry so closely.
Is anything is really “common” as this sand dollar was supposed to be?