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View of Heavenly Valley

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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, Realist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Graphite 2 HB, 9"x12" white paper. Drawn from front porch.

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Hello Bright Morning, Congratulations on posting your first landscape drawing for the course, it is an ambitious subject to tackle. Should I assume that like your previous deawing, this is also 9 x 12 inches? You captured the looming mountains in the distance! There is a useful "screen" of foreground elements; but little to no middleground before the viewer is confronted with the mountains. That immediate confrontation is good and I imagine it is the effect you want. The problem may be that the mountains and the foreground share the same tonal range. That is, there is too much consistency in the modeling of form for both distances. The mountains should have a narrower tonal range due to atmospheric perspective: Their darks and lights should not be as intense as those of the foreground. It may be that the foreground rather than the mountains need to be developed. Would it be possible to furnish a reference image? It may help me with the criticism.

06/14/2014 Flag

Thank you for the feedback. I drew this view from my front porch, so I do not have a reference photo. This is the fist time I have tried to draw mountains and only did it because it was so windy, I could not find another view to draw from.. I am new to landscape drawing and am intimidated by the idea. From my porch, I had no middle ground to draw, but I will look for one. Here in the Carson Valley, the mountains rise abruptly from the desert floor. Additionally, the valley drops below my location before it reaches the nountains. It is wonderfully dramatic, but difficult to find views that are consistent with the ideas I am learning about in the classes I have signed up for. I used a #2 HB and drew on a 9" x 12" sheet from the Canson field notebook. I will try another drawing. It looks to be another windy day Perhaps I will try a drawing from the inside my truck. This will put me higher up and I may see more middle ground.

06/14/2014 Flag

You are welcome Bright Morning. Thank you for sharing this information on your drawing, subject matter, and process. With your view, it may be rather difficult to convey the distance of the mountains; you simply cannot see the middleground. This means that your foreground will need to be especially strong as a "screen" or visual cue for the viewer. Not only will the the relative darkest darks and lightest lights occur in the foreground but so will the all the values in modeling the form. That is to say, let's say that the tonal range in the entire drawing goes from 010, 0 representing the lightest and 10 representing the darkest. In the distance, you may only useyou have definitely convey their dramatic quality.

06/16/2014 Flag

In the last reply there is an error in the last sentence. Was trying to edit, hit the button to reply and "published" an incomplete response. In the distance your range may be from 28 and the gradation of values in between will not be so minute as they would be in drawing the foreground, perhaps whole steps rather than half or quarter steps. Also, the detail in the distance should be obscured. Place a sheet of tracing paper over your drawing but only where the mountains are that may give you an idea of how the mountains should look compare to the uncovered foreground. In the mountains, you have definitely conveyed their dramatic quality; but, they may have too much modeling and come forward. Would yo be able to post a digital image of the range? For a beginner you a doing better that good and the delight in the drawing belies your intimidation. Do not worry too much about getting things to conform to the lesson. Certainly I want one to get the most out of each assignment; but, in trying to do the lesson I do not want to tae the enjoyment out of drawing. In short, just keep drawing. I look forward to seeing the post of your next drawing.

06/16/2014 Flag

I have been out, trying to take pictures as potential subjects for drawing. I was in Hope Valley trying to photograph a river with mountains in the background. The problem is that all my subjects were below my eye level, e.g, the horizon... Is this fixable through drawing?

06/30/2014 Flag

Wouldn't worry too much about "fixing" the drawing. Go ahead and make some drawings! I look forward to seeing them posted.

07/08/2014 Flag