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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
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Its not plein air, I drew it from a photo I took on a walk. I used HB and 2B pencils, a plastic eraser and kneaded eraser, a blending stump, and a paper sheet from my watercolor cold press pad- as its what I had available.

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Is the piece for sale? No

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paper size is 12 in x 9 in

11/04/2013 Flag

Hello DJN13, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on your first drawing and thank you for including a reference image. As you know, working from a photographic image poses some risks for a complete spatial analysis [If you wish for more information about this subject please check my "General Announcement."] Sometimes though, one must work from such images. [It is better and more delightful to make a drawing than not.] That being said, there is one more matter: There are three images of the drawing and they seem to be three different exposures not three different stages of the same drawing. In your drawing, the road and sidewalk are the most important visual cues for the pictorial depth. There is an evenness in the width of them that while not cancelling the depth does little to promote it. Looking at the photo the sidewalk does not appear to be flat but a slight angle to level ground plane. You may want to have done something similar in your depiction.

11/05/2013 Flag

[criticism cont.] You made the grass strip between the road and sidewalk wider. Was there a compositional idea or concern for that? Had it been narrower it would have projected better into the distance. The tonal structure is uneven. In some areas, like the trees on the left, it is successful. Other areas, like the trees in the center distance it is not as successful and the space there becomes flat. You may want to consider making the foreground cast shadow darker, but not black or too dark. This is one way to give an threshold for the viewer to enter the space. The detail of the leaves in the upper right-hand corner is good. It may have helped if there was a little detail in the middle ground space. Not as apparent as the leaves but something that would move the eye slower back to the distance. Look forward to seeing your next drawing.

11/05/2013 Flag

I see your points. My road and sidewalk are about the same size, I made the grass too wide. I knew the center area looked off. Its too dark compared with rest. My attempt at middle ground did not work, which were the outlines of leaf shapes not colored it. It should have been a lot smaller. I do not know what you mean about making the foreground cast shadow darker...

11/06/2013 Flag

Hello DJN13, Pleased that you found the comments of use. In regards to your question about "making the foreground darker," I am referring to the shadow cast by the unseen trees on the right. You do have that shadow but it seems that if it were a bit, not too much, darker that would help with the projection of the ground plane. In looking at the reference image, it shows it to be darker. By the way, this is a good drawing and you will only get better. I look forward to seeing the posting of your next drawing.

11/07/2013 Flag