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Across the Pasture

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Camera Panasonic DMC-FH27
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Haze on the maize

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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

Master linear perspective and learn to draw landscapes accurately using simple tools and classic techniques.

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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. I used Canson Drawing art book 1557, 9"x12", smooth, medium texture; graphite pencils 2B, 1B, HB, H and 2H; and erasers. For several days at 4:30 PM, I sat on a stool at the same location, and worked for about one hour or more in order to keep the same light. I wore a sun hat also. Before I began, I spent time to select the area I wanted to sketch and the time of day I liked it best. I still found it confusing to work with moving shadows. I also used my thumb and index finger to make an "O" to see through to limit the scene. After I took a photo, I could see the shadows did not match so I tried to reestablish them before submitting the work. I found the more one looks at the scene and what you are drawing the more you see to fix from the initial sketch; one becomes more observant. I tried to keep the value darkest to lightest, front to back of the scene. But what does one do if the front is light to start? I was confused about that one.

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Is the piece for sale? No

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What are you most proud of? I was proud of trying to establish tone or value and line value.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? To start this project, think about what you really want to show in the piece. Get all your materials together so that you can just go to the spot and draw with everything you need. It is upsetting to be there and be missing some little thing which is necessary. Start sooner than later.

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Hello jamread1662549, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on your first posting for the course and thank you for all the information and insights. It is a lovely drawing and it is important to know how you came to make it. Your comment on preparation is noteworthy. So often, artists unintentionally place a great deal of pressure on themselves trying to make a wonderful drawing without the preliminary work: Becoming familiar with the area, choosing the best time [best light] to work, and making sure to have all the necessary material to work. All your preparations manifested in a handsome and spatially-convincing project.The tonal structure does much to contributing to the realization of the pictorial depth. Another key element is that the lines confirm the tonal structure rather than the other way round. One thing that may have helped even more would have been to placed the top of the maize [corn] lower than the center of the paper. In the foreground, are you

10/10/2013 Flag

[criticism cont.] In the foreground, are you placing the shadow at an angle? This is a good compositional idea, actually two ideas. A shadow mass in the foreground is useful in that it gets the viewer into the middle and far distances quickly. Also, a diagonal helps serve that same purpose. One artist that you may wish to look at is Claude [Claude Lorrain, 1600-1682]. He will sometimes place his foregrounds in shadow and it is effective for the experience of space. Also, take a look at his drawings done plein air in the Roman countryside. It will come as no surprise that he was a renown master of perspective. Look forward to the posting of your next drawing.

10/10/2013 Flag

Hi Patrick, Thank you for the super review. I appreciate the idea of moving the maize lower. I followed what the light gave me in shadow diredtion. It took a great deal of time finding that naturally. Could I have contrived it if it were not happening? I don't understand how to make that happen so I delayed beginning. I will look up Claude Lorrain. Thank you so much for your help.

10/10/2013 Flag

Hello jamread, In regards to the direction of the shadow, it can be invented or contrived; but, remember, it needs to confirm how you lit you trees and pasture. Why did it take you a great deal of time to find it naturally?

10/11/2013 Flag

As regards the shadow, I felt I needed to find that shadow mass to make the foreground be dark enough. Upon reflection, I believe one take any view and just adjust the darkness as the scene went back so that the entire scene would be lighter than starting with a shadow mass.

10/15/2013 Flag

Thank you jamread for your 15 October comment. You are right, the entire shadow mass, intensity and direction, can be invented or changed from what you see. In most instances, you will need to ensure that the modeling of form and cast shadows seem all seem to share the same single light source: The sun.

10/18/2013 Flag