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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. I used graphite pencils HB, 2B and 2H on a 9 x 12 sketchbook. Wish I had longer to draw that day, but could only spend about an hour and a half sketching at the site (a golf course). The reference photo was taken a few days later (the leaves on the ground were not there the day I sketched!). I felt overwhelmed by all that I wanted to "get right" in the drawing. I'll take a deep breath, won't let it get me down, and will press on to the next lesson...

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Hello DKWoodward, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on your first drawing and thank you for posting a reference image [I realize that you worked "plein air" and that the reference image was taken later.] This is a lovely drawing and is all the more impressive that you did it in one and half hours. Although I will critique the drawing please do not feel the need to amend or correct it. Sometimes, it is important that artists leave a drawing, or artwork, unfinished. In this way it is an important document of our initial impressions on a particular occasion. This may serve to remind us that sometimes it is ok to go and just draw; and not to worry about making a magnum opus or even getting everything right. The urge to delight should not be underestimate. In his Notebooks, Leonardo wrote, "Delight is the seat of all Wisdom." That being said, the tonal structure needs some work in the lawn.

11/06/2013 Flag

[criticism cont.] A simple light mid tone with the HB pencil would have been enough to help with projecting that ground plane into the distance. It is a lovely moment and will leave the criticism at that. Look forward to seeing your next drawing.

11/06/2013 Flag

PS- What was the size of your sketch book or tablet and what was the type of paper on which you worked?

11/06/2013 Flag

Thanks so much for reviewing my Project #1. Question re: your suggestion of the mid tone of HB pencil to project the ground plane into the distance: Do you mean that the mid tone should be uniform across the space or graduating to lighter tones as it goes into the distance? To answer your P.S., the sketchbook is actually 11 x 14, Bienfang Studio Series, 50# paper, medium tooth, 100 pages. It's a leftover from long ago student days! Many thanks for your help in this class.

11/06/2013 Flag

Hello DKWoodward, You are welcome for the review. In regards to your question, "a midtone with an HB pencil for the lawn," you are quite right. It seems that a light midtone that gets less dark as it goes into the distance will help. Also, thank you for the additional information on the dimensions and type of the sketch pad. The Bienfang Studio series was/is a good all-purpose drawing surface. I look forward to the posting of your next drawing.

11/07/2013 Flag

I've posted my project 2 (hammocks drawing) a few days ago and today a follow-up to it (project 3, bird's eye view), and am looking forward to your comments on both of these. In the meantime, here's an link to an interesting short on perspective and the impossible:

11/16/2013 Flag