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Landscapes, Little Bay

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Storm at Dawn, Little Bay

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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
Rod B on craftsy.com

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Graphite pencil H and 4B

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What are you most proud of? Sitting in the cold and windy outdoors and making it happen.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? 'Just do it'; don't get too precious about making a "beautiful rendering' every time (some bits work some of the time but all bits working all the time will be rare); make do with what you've got (changing weather conditions might have been better suited to watercolor than pencil perhaps). When I work with H graphite pencil, I am slow, methodical and "sensitive"; with B, my linework loosens up and from 2B onwards, my line gets more Expressionistic and often too loose.

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Thank you for the sketch book size. We will work on keeping you "in the borders."

06/28/2013 Flag

Lovely drawings Rod. I hope one day I will learn to render correctly like you :-)

07/02/2013 Flag

Rod, I really like the value reading of the darker trees in the foreground against the 'atmospheric' lighter value of the distant cliffs. It helps me 'see' the atmosphere in the Little Bay drawing. Also, I like how the directional lines of shading help define the forms. Nice work.

07/02/2013 Flag

Thanks, Michele - I'm getting there slowly. I know I ought, but often I don't exercise sufficient discipline about directional lines of shading.

07/09/2013 Flag

Rod, your comment, "Just do it," is incredibly sound advice. Too often, all of us concentrate on making a beautiful rendering and lose hold of the fact that this should first and foremost be a delightful experience.

07/03/2013 Flag

Yes, being intent on "saying something worthwhile" as an artist and aspiring to perfection every time I put pencil to paper used to hold me back. I've taught myself not to be so 'precious'. The psychodynamics of the pleasure inherent in drawing is well explained in the lecture given by John Cleese on "Creativity", as seen on YouTube.

07/09/2013 Flag

They are beautiful

12/21/2013 Flag