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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. 9 x 12 Strathmore medium surface 70 lb paper Pencil 2H and 2B

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Is the piece for sale? No

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Drawing # 2 working this method of pencils. BTW, the wax paper between pages that Patrick advised to prevent a bit of smudging is working great. This is factory by my house and what it makes I'm unsure. I believe its plastic parts for appliances. This was completed in about an hour an a Friday afternoon. I like the sense of space but need a little more clearer resolution with the sky. Maybe you can provide some tips on how to think about the clouds when drawing them. What I do know is the sky is the source of light, thus always highest in value with some exceptions of course. Clouds are gaseous. All in all I think this is an improvement from the my first attempt. Patrick, do you ever come across this phenomenon that once you complete your drawing and walk back to your car or destination suddenly parts of the landscape emerge that you see as good possibilities for future drawings? I think we get so caught up in a rush and time constraints we miss these revelations.

05/30/2014 Flag

Hello jjwoodee, Pleased to see that you are making improvements in the spatial structure and making more drawings. Also, it is appreciated that you provided material information and insights to the process and the nature of working "en plein air." Pleased to read that Glassine has been a benefit to the protection of your drawings. In regards to clouds, that may warrant another Craftsy class on the subject alone. Clouds can baffle even the best of artists. Later I will post a sketch to demonstrate how in some instances it may be of use to think of clouds in perspective. One note of caution, in trying to depict various "aerosols" [and there are a number of cloud genus compounded by species and variation!] is to overwork them, especially in a sketch. Certainly one can make specific cloud studies; but, as you note, they are generally continually changing. In your sketch I think it is just fine. a larger concern is the width of the road. By size alone it is given prominence in the drawing.

06/01/2014 Flag

[criticism continued] Placement and other compositional elements make it the subject matter of the drawing. This is not necessarily a problem, it is working well in space and a spatial structure for the drawing; but in case you did not intend it to be the subject matter, you should be aware of it. The elements [building and cars] on either side of the road are well done and provide the eye with interesting detail to consider. All-in-all, well done. I look forward to seeing the post of your next drawing.

06/01/2014 Flag

Response to final question: It is not uncommon that after working en plein air, having packed up and getting ready to leave Nature presents another splendid moment. If possible, I quickly grab a sketch book and try to "capture" the moment. I feel that even a bad sketch or incomplete notation or even scribble- for future reference, I will make a note of what it was I saw- is better than none at all. Alas, try as we may, we cannot depict everything; but that should not stop us from trying.

06/01/2014 Flag

I love the details of your drawing. My eyes were drawn to the building, but also the automobiles and even the lampposts. I enjoyed your drawing very much.

06/06/2014 Flag

Thank you for those encouraging words!

06/15/2014 Flag