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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

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Category Drawing
Type Drawing
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
Style Plein Air
DKWoodward on craftsy.com

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. For this Bird's Eye view of my project 2 Hammock drawing, I used only a 2H pencil and lots of kneaded eraser, as I started over more than a few times. I had trouble visualizing the plan view in my imagination using my drawing as reference, so I returned to the outside scene to try again there. I found this a very challenging exercise. Didn't know how to make sense of the Albertian Veil's crosshairs when translated into plan view. I started with the foreground elements but got stuck wondering: What is the horizontal center of my original drawing as the space goes into the distance --and how do I put it into plan view? Elements in the deep background are now off the page in this plan view. Wish I had a helicopter handy! How far "up" should the bird be looking down on the scene for proper understanding of the perspective space in this exercise? The building at left in the scene seems to take up too much space in this plan view, compared to the little bit of it in view in the drawing. It seems that in 'normal' elevation view, I am seeing as though through a wide angle lens. For example, the front hammock's right beech tree is a barely visible slice at the lower right side in my drawing's cone of vision, but in the plan view it's in full view. In my first attempt to imagine the plan view, I started with that beech tree at the far right edge of the page, matching the drawing's position. I couldn't make the rest of the thing work at all. Many restarts later, this is all I could come up with. Should the plan view's dimensions be much taller than it is wide--the opposite of that of the drawing since the actual cone of vision view is far deeper than it is wide? Never having done a thinking/imagination experiment like this before, I really want to understand this exercise and benefit from its lessons in developing some skill at visualization. I did review Lesson 6, topic 4's demo of drawing the overview. Maybe I'll take a break and then make another go at new plan view...

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Hello DKWoodward, Congratulations on a successful Plan of your previous post: The Two Hammocks. Once again, in addition to your drawing, it is most helpful that you include all the written information. Imagining the Plan [Bird's-Eye View] is one of the most difficult things to do; but, your perseverance and imagination resulted in this inventive and attractive drawing. The most important thing about imagining the Plan is thinking about the depth or space you have drawn or are about to draw. And that is exactly what you did. [An aside to your helicopter wish, in imagining the Plan of a landscape, it may be of interest to access Google maps on your computer. First draw in Plan your immediate neighborhood or surrounding area around your place of residence. Then place your address in Google maps. Compare your drawing of those well known streets, paths, and buildings to the satellite image of the same.] The Plan reminds the artist that the line must not only represent the parts of the model

11/19/2013 Flag

[criticism continued] The Plan reminds the artist that the line must not only represent the parts of the model he or she can see, but most important in illusionistic art, those parts that cannot be seen and the space that the entire model displaces. In this way, the artist must consider that the line gives fullness of volume in a depicted space. The 19th-century French painter Ingres, [do you know his wonderful portrait line drawings?] would tell his students to consider the line to wrap or hold form like reeds in a basket. In this way the contour line behaves spatially, and will not go flat. A potential and common problem with the contour, no matter how meticulously drawn, is that if the artist does not consider space than the volume may be compromised and the space not realized fully realized. Perspective, specifically the Plan, is one of the most useful ways to do avoid flat decorative line.

11/20/2013 Flag

[last of the criticism] When you do this exercise again do it without using the Albertian Veil. It may have confuse you more than helped. [Generally, I do not recommend the A.V. for imagining or executing Plan.] To repeat, you succeeded in this exercise, more than you realized, and most certainly deserve a break! When you are ready, it would be a good idea to try another Plan. My master in art would often first think about his still lives in Plan. You may wish to consider also tackling something with a limited space and elements like a still life. Look forward to seeing [and reading] the posting of your next project.

11/20/2013 Flag

Beautiful!

05/20/2014 Flag