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Flag Day in the Plaza

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Camera LG Electronics VS980 4G
Exposure Time 1/24
F-Stop 2.4
ISO 100

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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
Stephanie Hataway on craftsy.com

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I used 2H, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils. The drawing is 8 x 10. This is the plaza in the center of my town. I sat across the street and did some rough sketching and finished it at home with a photograph. I intended to draw it on a smaller scale and include more of the flags around the plaza but that didn't quite work out :)

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I think I will take a picture earlier in the drawing next time. I can see the problems when I look at it in a photograph. Need to fix the bottom of the fountain. Eek!

06/17/2014 Flag

Hello Stephanie Hataway, Congratulations on posting your second drawing, an ambitious undertaking. The use of the tree as a unifying compositional element is a lovely idea. Had the ground plane elements been as unified this would have worked as a spatial structure. You mentioned using a photograph, "to finish up," what you had started working from nature. I often caution students and colleagues from doing that. [Start a new drawing because the eye and camera analyze differently.] It can be done if and this is the big "if" the spatial structure has been established in the drawing and the photograph mimics that perspective: especially with the eye-level line. The cone of vision tool is a useful device to make sure that the perspective will work and it does so by ensuring you are standing at the correct distance from the scene. Of course, you can imagine your correct distance; but, this is difficult for even experienced artists.

06/19/2014 Flag

[criticism continued] Try using your c.v. tool to make sure that you are at the correct distance and then start your drawing. If necessary, take a photograph, but do not finish your drawing. Rather, start a new drawing. I look forward to seeing the post of your next drawing.

06/19/2014 Flag