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Details and the uncanny coursework guide

Paying extreme attention to detail in creating artworks, can both draw us in and repel us as viewers.

Detail in every stroke

The Pre-Raphaelite movement strove for detail with technical skill, creating intensity and dreamlike qualities


Creating what looks like a photograph or even a real object with dedicated and meticulous craft skills can make us question our own eyes. Changing scales and perfect realism can create a sense of unease. ‘Uncanny Valley’ is the term we use when forms look convincingly human, but we know they are not.

Detailed dreams

Attention to detail can bring impossible situations and illusions we see in dreams into the waking world.

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