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Lesson 1

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The Three Ladies (Large Rocks)

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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
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What are you most proud of? I learned something. I wanted to do the second lesson, drawing within the border, but the heat and bugs got to me. However, I did use the composing L's, and saw where the composition needed to be changed. I didn't need that tree to the left at all! And much less background at the top for what I want the picture to be. Hoping to get back out there pretty soon. Also I couldn't get as far away from the rocks as I wanted to be, and still be able to see them from this angle. Maybe that's ok since I want them to loom large, but I still want them to be part of a setting, not just the rocks. And I also did notice many things since this is the first time I have tried sketching "live", like the changing shadows, the amount of detail over that of a photo, and how it is just a whole different experience.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Remember to bring your bug repellent if you are drawing in a forest!

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I like your sketch. I have a hard time drawing rocks. The little flowers are sweet. I don't know enough to be critical. I just enjoy looking at it.

07/19/2013 Flag

Hello Yellowdish, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing and congratulations on posting your first project. Lorettaje makes a good point about drawing rocks: They are a wonderful thing to do; but, also, difficult. Also, the detail of the flowers are sweet and for the purpose of pictorial space they give a cue to the scale. Last, the drawing is doing a most important thing- conveying your delight or interest to the viewer. I am going to ask that you give us a bit more information: The size of the sketch, the type of paper, the hardness & brand of pencils, etc. Now how can you make your next drawing have more space? The composition is good, and one can tell that you are above the rocks. The biggest problem is the linear placement. You have a line drawn around the rocks and trees; rather than making them come forward the line isolates each form and cancels much of the space. So in your next drawing, if you draw a line around a form it should be very lightly done. Do not make it any darker than the tone or value of the form. In some cases you will erase the original linear placement all together. We will start with that and go from there. Look forward to seeing your next drawing- remember to bring plenty of bug repellent. By the way, you are right about the composition not needing the left tree. If possible include a digital image of the scene you are drawing.

07/22/2013 Flag

Thank you lorettaje164741 very much! This is very encouraging. Prof Connors, It seems I can't go back and add info to the project...but in any case, I neglected to notice what pencils I used other than I started out with 2H and then I went on to maybe a 6? I just picked at random. I usually start with the 6 or 7 but this time I went for the other one. Will take more notice next time. Also the paper is a regular sketchbook but I put a big sticker over the front cover details cause I was intimidated by it when I bought the book. I'm better now, but it's been hard getting going on this drawing thing. Thank you for such specific critique, it was extremely helpful.

08/02/2013 Flag

Pleased that the criticism has been of use. Please let everyone know what the size of your sketchbook is.

08/02/2013 Flag

OK! It's a 8x11 inch spiral bound. I'd say its not real smooth, not real toothy, but somewhere in the middle.

08/09/2013 Flag

Hello yellowdish, Thank you. Look forward to posting your next drawing.

08/09/2013 Flag

And thank you for posting a reference image of the "Three Ladies"

08/09/2013 Flag