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Initial Drawing Of Red Barn In 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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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. 11x14 70lb. Drawing paper

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What are you most proud of? Possibly the barn setting

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? It is early in the morning so it must have that have that sense.

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Hello Cathy Couch Smith, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on your successful completion of the first assignment. Thank you for providing information on material and a reference image. By the way, what were your drawing implements? You did well in trying to convey those moments that early morning mists inspire. Do not know how you started the drawing but sometimes it is of use, if working on white paper, to give the entire drawing surface a light midtone with graphite or charcoal- it will resemble a mist. Then develop the drawing from that point, leaving the distance undeveloped for the most part and as you work towards the foreground getting more contrast. In your drawing there are several things to consider. The first is to make the "band" of ground after the foreground bushes less wide. Make this part of the composition including the barn, which is quite well drawn, maybe a 1" less wide. This will also increase the space for the sky, which will be of use.

06/01/2014 Flag

[criticism continued] The foreground will stay the same, which is also well done both as a depiction of bushes & trees and a "screen" - a compositional device that cues the viewer to pictorial space. Another idea to consider is the tonal structure and how useful that is in conveying space. Note in the reference image of the scene the shadow mass of the trees to left of the barn are not as nearly as dark as those in the foreground. This is also true in the furrow, although it is a dark mass it is not as dark as the foreground dark masses. All-in-all, well done. I look forward to seeing the post of your next assignment.

06/01/2014 Flag

Thank you for all those great ideas. I used a #2 pencil and realized after placing the barn that I should have toned the paper and that the barn was not as long as it should have been. I look forward to following you direction on the band of green and the tonal qualities as the landscape recedes. I do look forward to working through the lessons and thank you for making them available. I purposely left out the trees that either divided the composition in two or did the same to the barn. Do you think that was wise?

06/02/2014 Flag

Hello Cathy C S, Pleased that you found the ideas of use. Thank you for bringing up the matter of tree omission, you did a wise thing. The drawing is better for it. Look forward to seeing your next post. [If you rework this drawing please post that.]

06/04/2014 Flag