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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I used a variety of pencils this time - both of the H and B variety. Worked more with the Albertian Veil. My biggest challenge was that the scene was heavy with foliage - it was darker toward the left and lighter toward the right. I thought about what you said in your last set of comments - to vary the line weight in the trees. I drew this picture from memory - Cantigny is my favorite place on earth!

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What are you most proud of? This picture took me about 5 hours over a period of days. I was tiring and it was a challenge to finish. Glad I did!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Again, take your time and always be thinking spatially.

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Hello Mewzikgal, Congratulations on making steady and sure progress that can be seen in your consistent posting. Also, it is appreciated that you share your materials, process, and thoughts. For example, you mentioned that this drawing took 5 hours commendable persistence and that rather than do it all at once you paced yourself and did it over a 5-day period: "Adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience."-R. W. Emerson. You mentioned that you did this from memory another commendable practice and one that was instilled into the artist from the Quattrocento through the Beaux-Arts. Of course, it cannot be stated enough how important the Albertian Veil is for analysis and execution of spatial structure. This does not mean that whenever one wishes to draw he or she will employ it. It does mean that many of those artists with a desire for spatial structure will find it of great benefit if they include it in some drawing exercises.

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[criticism continued] Last, you are using the criticism I give to important purpose. Well done. My only comment would be to consider not focusing so closely on the scene sometimes whether it is from memory or not. For example, in your Barn in the Countryside you give a bit of space before the barn and that gives the spatial structure an important threshold or start to inform the viewer how he or she will "approach" the subject matter. It is a reason the drawing is a success and it also helped you develop the space in the rest of the composition. In your Sailboats at Dock you commented that there was some flatness. One reason may be that there was little space at the beginning of the composition, the viewer was immediately confronted with the hull of the boat. All-in-all, another successful drawing. You already posted another drawing and I will comment on that soon.

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