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A view down Roland

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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

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Category Drawing
Type Drawing
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
Style Plein Air
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. 9 X 12 Roughly, HB, 2B Pencils Continuing my road theme, here's another sketch from Roland Avenue here in Baltimore. Im happy with the composition and sense of space. I do believe the trees on the right side within the meridian of the road could use more atmospheric perspective by better control and handling of my pencils. I did some post editing at home hastily, and I could clean up the erasure marks on the far right. The shape created by the cast shadow of the trees offer an interesting element but would require some shape refinement. I'm still terrified of sketching people within the scene but had many opportunities to do so.

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Hello jjwoodee, Pleased to see another in your series of Roland Avenue. As I remarked in other posts, most recently JCasey's image immediately previous to this one, the importance of making a number of drawings of the same scene. Would you be able to supply a reference image? Whether or not you can post one, I'll comment further soon.

06/22/2014 Flag

Hi Patrick, This is another street drawing different locations from the previous projec. I supplied the reference image taken today. the drawing was done a couple of weeks earlier so the tree growth in the photo from the drawing is more prominent. The photo offers some ideas. The growth of the trees almost but not quite merging makes of interesting shapes. The shapes of the shadows in the photos are clearer and follow the rules of perspective a little better than my drawing. The last reference image is a quick thumbnail done much earlier in the year, but when i completed the image I felt there was something complelling to the scene to visit again, hence the more involved drawing. I definitely see some refinement possibilities for this image. I also did a small 5 x 7 painting from this scene and Id be happy to share, but I realize this is a drawing class. I may work this up into an even larger painting and these steps and your feedback are helping get to a clearer vision.

06/23/2014 Flag

Hello jjwoodee, Your addendum and images are most useful and appreciated. The image of your initial drawing and the comments you posted are informative as they reveal how many drawers and painters, in oil and aqueous media, work. First, the artist makes a quick sketch. Second, if he or she decides that there is something of interest, a second drawing is made, one that is a bit more elaborate. The artist may create more drawings and, at some point, a final drawing or painting is made. [Recently Outdoor Painter featured an article on one way that I developed my Rome paintings that may be of interest: http://www.outdoorpainter.com/news/three-junes-in-rome.html ] As you note, this is a drawing course; but, on occasion, it is of interest to see the drawing manifested in another medium. Back to the criticism of your drawing. One thing that your initial drawing has better than the second drawing is a cohesive tonal structure.

06/28/2014 Flag

[criticism continued] By this I mean that the various shadeses used to represent the light, midtone, and shadow masses of the forms, all contribute to the spatial structure. For example, in the first drawing posted, the foliage of the trees in the meridian do not convince the eye of their form or their "apparent" dimunition. Also, the modeling in the tree on the left foreground could be darker and broader in contrast, this would bring it forward and it would act as a "screen." That is, a visual clue to assist in setting up the pictorial distance. Do not worry about depicting people just yet. That will come and, I think, with much less difficulty that you now imagine. Keep working on this as it seems you are enjoying depicting Roland and just as important deriving a sound foundation for spatial structure. I look forward to seeing the post of your next drawing and your commentary.

06/28/2014 Flag

PS- As regards drawing figures, I highly recommend two of Craftsy courses: 1. "Figure Anatomy for the Artist" presented by Roberto Osti and "Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide," presented by Patricia Watwood.

07/08/2014 Flag

Thanks Patrick for the recommendations for further study. I appreciate it.

07/13/2014 Flag