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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 Fine Art
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. Prismacolor graphite 4H, 2B and Sanford Design ebony on Cason 9x12 74g sketch pad

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Hello NanaDonna, Congratulations, you seem to be going full steam ahead with the course. Despite loosing the lovely chromatic effects when you employ all the Prismacolors pencils this drawing will be less difficult on which to comment and therefore of more use to you. In the projection of the ground plane you may have found it more effective if the horizon was lower in the composition. By lowering this, it would have the added effect of giving the light house a larger presence in the landscape. [Provided, of course, that is your intention.] Are you working plein air or from the photograph? Perhaps, a bit of both? It may help to turn the image from a color format to one that is black and white. I did this and added it to my Project so that we can better see the tonal structure.

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[criticism continued] The black and white reformat of your reference image is in my Projects so that we can refer to it. Of course, make one to have on your computer. Let's discuss the tonal structure in the reference image. Please note that the lighthouse and one small part of the sky are the lightest masses in the landscape. In your drawing, you ok with the tonal structure; but, it could be improved by first rendering the large areas or planes with general tones [light mid-value] and then getting specific with darker values and detail. For example, in the ground plane, if you had first placed a light midtoned value this would have helped with that part of the drawing going into space. Once that is done you adjust the tone accordingly to the differences values of the land mass and then place in the detail. On another note, consider starting something like the lighthouse with a straight line down the center, this is called a center line or an axial line.

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[3rd part of criticism] Then place a tick mark that indicates the top and bottom of the lighthouse. Now determine where the widest part of the lighthouse is: The base. Place a tick mark to the left and right of your axial line. Then do the same with the narrowest part at the top of the lighthouse. Now join the lines. In perspective we are always looking for center lines. The first reason is to help orient us to the space, for example with the "Eye-level line & Center line." The second is to ensure that all elements that we place into space have volume. When you placed the lighthouse by first starting with the axial line and then expand it to the right and left you will automatically start thinking does it have a front and back? If so, you will need to somehow depict them.

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[Last part of criticism] The following is from the 19th-century French artist Eugne Delacroix and remains one of the most useful considerations in how to make a linear placement: Take hold of objects by their centres, not by their lines of contour... The contour accentuated uniformly and beyond proportion, destroys plasticity, bringing forward those parts of an object which are always most distant from the eye namely its outlines.

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