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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

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Hello NanaDonna55, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on the posting of your first drawing. The subject matter seems to be one that you like a good deal or with which you are very familiar. Therefore, you have done the first duty of the artist, conveyed your experience to the viewer. Before I comment more would you give us some information about the drawing? The dimensions and type of paper, the pencils used, etc. Also, if possible, could you include a reference image? Thank you.

11/07/2013 Flag

I have posted a ref picture. Unfortunately there is a truck parked where I sat to draw so the angle looks a bit off. This was my 1st experience drawing outside and away from my desk. It felt a bit awkward and unfortunately that shows in the sketch. But it was an overall enjoyable morning in the sunshine.

11/08/2013 Flag

Hello NanaDonna, I have not seen your reference image yet; but, there are now two images of your drawing posted. I commented on the second and recently saw you have commented here. A bit of Craftsy format ping-pong. In reference to your comment below: Considering that this is your first plein air drawing, you did very well. Whatever awkwardness you may think is there is secondary to a more important issue: You conveyed to the viewer your enjoyable experience. Here is the commentary I made in your other post: Hello NanaDonna55, Thank you for adding more information about how you did the drawing. Also, did you work on this drawing since the last posting or is it a different exposure? There is a good amount of detail in the tree leaves, the grass, and in particular the flower bed. By the way, you are to be congratulated on the circle in perspective you drew for the flower bed. In regards to your detail it has in parts promoted and canceled the space of the picture. In the flower bed,

11/10/2013 Flag

[criticism continued] In the flower bed, the details give each flower its due and add interest to the place you found most interesting. The grass also aids in the promotion of the ground plane into space, although you may wish to reconsider your depiction of those blades on the left of the tree from those on right. There should be more similarity to both sides in terms of size and value. The outline for the the stones in the flower bed and for the foliage of the trees compromises the successful spatial illusion. You may wish to review Lesson 3: Topic 4: The Outline. Those the stones are carefully and convincingly rendered; but the equally dark outline you gave each stone actually isolates them rather than has them working as a whole. Consider making the outline light to start with and give those stones further away a less distinct outline than those in front. The leaf itself does help give a clue to the tree's identity: Is this an elm, cherry, or beech? But as in the case of the stones

11/10/2013 Flag

[criticism cont.] But as in the case of the stones rather than confirming the space of the foliage and the tree branches; the outline isolates each leaf and flattens your efforts. It may help to have "H" and "2H" pencils as they will not depict a dark line as readily as an "HB". This is a lovely drawing and I hope that you are filling your 9 x 6-inch sketch book. You may find that for the next few drawing exercises a larger tableau facilitates the rendering. This does not mean to stop at this size, if possible draw at both sizes. Last but not least: I look forward to seeing the posting of your next drawing. Hope that you will continue to work outside or plein air whenever possible.

11/10/2013 Flag