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Lighthouse

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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 Fine Art
Type Drawing
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
babs.baue1788599 on craftsy.com

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. pencils, ruler, blender

babs.baue1788599 on craftsy.com

It has taken me weeks to publish my first drawing! We had problems with our home computer, and then I could not get the photo in the proper position. This is from a sketch that I found online. The water, the rocks, the lighthouse - it all looks so peaceful to me.

08/27/2013 Flag

Hello babs.baue1788599, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on posting your project [special congratulations on triumphing over the computer]. You do convey the peacefulness but with a touch of foreboding. Would it be possible to post your reference image? If so, do that as soon as possible and I will comment further on your drawng. If not, let me know so that we can go from there. Also, thank you for the reply in the Discussion Inbox. It is interesting to read how the Craftsy program works for each participant. Also, most importantly, that you are enjoying the course. Look forward to your reply.

08/28/2013 Flag

Hello babs.baue, In looking at your drawing and the reference image I notice that you focused on a portion or cropped the original artwork. There is a natural tendency for some artists to do this. A word of caution: Be aware that you are doing it. A second word of caution: If you are aware that you doing it, then ask if you are enhancing or cancelling [or indifferent] to the spatial structure. That being said, it seems that in cropping your drawing you compromised some of the spatial structure. For example, the horizon in the referenced image is very important to the viewer's grasp of the space. In your drawing, the horizon is nearly non-existent. By doing so you lose an important element for expressing space. There is another problem with cropping: The craggy rocks of the precipice and in the water were eliminated and this removed another important element for the description of space: the tonal expression. Notice in the reference image on the left side and center foreground how dark the rocks are. The artist did this to give the viewer a visual cue so that we understand that as we "move" further back in space the rocks get less dark: atmospheric perspective [Please see Lesson 7, topic 1 for a more detailed explanation.] Believe it or not, to make a copy of the referenced image was an ambitious undertaking. That drawing has a reduced tonal range, that is, rather than having a a full spectrum of tones from bright light mass to a dark shadow mass, the drawing has from about mid-tone to shadow mass. In cropping the drawing you made the range of tonal expression even smaller, there are no longer dark shadow masses, and the result is even a more difficult drawing problem. You have a small tonal range to express not just the space, but the three-dimensional aspects of the scene. In the "Talk" section you mentioned that you are fascinated with the Albertian Veil. This is very good and as you noted it will help you to analyze and by so doing avoid the problems of cropping important information about space. Look forward to your next posting and comments.

09/06/2013 Flag

I understand what you have said. I have not submitted my second drawing - or started it - because I wanted to see where I need to focus and/or work. Now I know. The Albertian Veil will help me. I have my plexiglass. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend! Thank you so much.

09/06/2013 Flag