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First Sketch - Mallet Bayou

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Exposure Time 1/24
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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

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Category Drawing
Type Drawing
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
Style Realist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. This is in a 9x 12 sketch book. I used Prismacolor Turquoise Pencils. I was unable to get the darkness I wanted in the forground so I added some charcoal (still not dark enough) but the charcoal would not stick where there was heavy pencil marks. I used a photograph for this drawing.

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I discovered that I draw what I think something looks like instead of what is actual. The water line should be closer to horizontal instead of angled like a disappearing railroad track. I had drawn a line across the image at the water line and I still did it too angled. Interesting how the mind works

10/28/2013 Flag

Hello Brenita, Thank you for posting the two images: Your drawing and the reference image. Your notes on materials and your observations are most useful. In fact, the comment about how our minds work in terms of perception is too true. Perspective is one way we can analyze "how we see [perceive]." Not necessarily so that we correct things; but, to understand as an individual what we find compelling or of interest. From that stand point it seems that you found the river's going into the distance significant and made the perspective and composition aid that interest. If your interest was to get the angles of the river banks correct, you may not want to place the river's vanishing point on the eye-level line. It would have been better to have placed it a bit lower. Also, be careful how dark you draw the tonal structure. It was dark enough without the addtion of the charcoal, which as you found out does not easily adhere to the slick graphite tone.

11/01/2013 Flag

[criticism cont.] One is careful to make to things too dark because it can create a "hole" and compromise the depiction of space. Overall your tonal structure is good, remember that atmospheric perspective would have relative tones getting less dark and light approaching a midtone range as things go into the distance. Look forward to seeing your next drawing. If possible, yo may find working with the Albertian Veil from nature of great use.

11/01/2013 Flag