Chapter 90 Two maps of Tirana on the floor. The second one represents its undergrounds. T1 paces up and down. On the blackboard: IN DRAWING I TRUST On his notebook: When I used to draw still lives, I would start by measuring the dimensions of the objects that were in front of me. That way I would realize the first sketch. The next day I would look at my drawing and realize that it was all wrong. I would erase most of it and make another one. The same thing would happen over and over again, day after day. And I would think to myself: how is it possible to make so many mistakes? Why can’t I see what’s in front of me? What am I really looking at? The process of drawing is a battle of optical illusions. Illusions are produced by the mental construct created by previous information of the object you’re observing. For example, let’s say that you’re drawing an apple. There are millions of images of apples archived in your memory that you’ve seen throughout your life. So as you’re focusing at the one that’s in front of you there is an interference with all these other images. And even though you’re not aware of it, your brain takes those apples as references, not the one that’s in front of you.