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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 Charcoal
Style Impressionist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. This was done in Strathmore heavy weight paper, 9"x12". I used charcoal pencil, and HB and a 6B for the shadows. Not sure if I did too much detail in the grasses and not enough in the foreground. Looking at it now the shadows in the background look more like blotches. I will try to correct that. I did a practice run (see other pic) and used water on the charcoal on the right side of the picture, with the grasses. On the left side of the picture I used a brush to smooth the charcoal. Not sure if that effect is better.

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Hello lmfr, Congratulations on these two drawings. Thank you for providing the information on materials and method. Despite some of your misgivings, they show real progress and you should not abandon some of the ideas and methods displayed here. Your drawing & judgment will improve with experience. Make sure to look at other drawings with similar effects. It cannot be encouraged enough to do what you did: a practice drawing [or sketch] and the "sustained" drawing. Doing an assignment or just making art in this manner has many benefits. The sketch has an aesthetic distinct from the sustained drawing. [One should be very careful to understand that a sketch in not merely an unfinished drawing.] Each of these ways to draw has qualities that an artist should consider. The main concern for the depiction of space would be a cohesive tonal structure. So it is not necessarily detail in the foreground but a tone[s] that unite it with the grasses. This is true of the pond and the distant hills.

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[criticism continued] A general tone on the pond that would vary to promote distance is needed. Also a general tone on the distant hills placed first and then render the shadow masses would help to prevent the "blotch" effect as you called it. Another concern is that all the darks representing shadow masses appear to be equal in value. This results in a flattening of the some of the pictorial space. Consider that these shadow masses should become less dark as they go into the distance if they are to promote the illusion of space. [When you are working outside this is much more difficult to remember and see due to our senses being overstimulated with all the light bouncing around.] Compositionally, the eye-level line may need to be lower and therefore the drawing would have more sky. This may have prevented the plane of the pond from appearing to be on an upward tilt. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing the posting of your next drawing.

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