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Camera Nokia 6303 classic

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Created in this Craftsy class

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
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
Style Realist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Working from one of my own reference photos I used HB and B pencils on cartridge paper (16" x 11"). I wanted a subject that would provide a good opportunity to implement the techniques covered in the lesson and I thought this was perfect.

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I chose to work from this photo I took last year as I thought it would allow me to attempt to put into practice the techniques covered in Lesson 2. I worked with HB and B pencils on 16" x 11" cartridge paper. It took me a long time to finish but I really enjoyed it. I also discovered that I don't know how to calibrate the decreasing gaps of bricks as they recede into the distance, so I'm hoping this will be covered in a later lesson!

07/03/2014 Flag

Hello LifeSparkle, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on your drawing. By applying the principles presented in this course combined with one-point perspective and your own imagination you have made a fine personal statement about the subject matter. It is appreciated that you shared information about materials, method, and included a reference image. By the way, the omission of the road signs on the upper left was a good idea. It gives the composition a better spatial structure and the addition of the distant trees is good for the same reason. This is a successful drawing, well done! One thing to consider is how important the overall tonal structure is to the conveyance of pictorial space. In some areas, you meticulously placed some of the values, for example, the shadows under the brim of the hat, the pants legs, and the shoes. In doing so, you sacrificed the overall values or tones in the larger areas, for example, the foreground.

07/08/2014 Flag

[criticism continued] The tone in the foreground needs to be darker overall. The same is true of the jumper or top on the male figure. Overall it needs to be darker, especially if the shadow mass that you have depicted are to be true. All-in-all a fine ambitious drawing. I look forward to seeing the post of your next drawing.

07/08/2014 Flag

Thank you for your response. I have subsequently turned this drawing into a painting and this confirmed quite clearly to me your comments about the foreground needing to have the tonal value adjusted to maintain the perspective.

07/11/2014 Flag

PS- The brick wall is fine, the gaps can be figured out with perspective; but, it is somewhat outside the realm of this course. For such matters, I highly suggest you take a look at the Craftsy course, "The Art and Science of Perspective," presented by Jeff DiCicco.

07/08/2014 Flag

I did spot Jeff DiCicco's course and I will probably enrol because I do find the whole subject fascinating and am keen to learn about 2- and 3-point perspective which I now understand will help me with correct spacing.

07/11/2014 Flag