Patrick Connors asked:
Hello Smetha, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on posting your first drawing. Also, your information is appreciated. [What was the size of your sketch pad?] Your responses to the last three questions are worth mentioning: 1. Seeing your classmates', or in some cases studiomates', wonderful work can be a impetus to creating our own. 2. Your pride is well placed: posting your first drawing and achieving the effect of water in the drawing. Well done! And 3. Just try! Those simple two words often make the difference between interested spectator and interesting participant. [Please pardon the attempt at cleverness.] Like so many of your classmates, the enjoyment or delight you experienced looking at the original image and then trying to convey that experience to the viewer is felt. It is so important to do these drawing projects with scenes that interest you. As mentioned before working from a photograph can have some inherent and initially not apparent pitfalls. This is because the camera is essentially a computer that for the most part analyzes or perceives light very differently from how a human does. For example, in the photograph the river works wonderfully as a compositional element. Contrary to that, a representationist drawing must make spatial and compositional "sense" of the river plane. In your drawing you accurately copy the river but the effect is that the plane does not go back in space but up. One solution would be to draw the river plane below the horizontal centerline of the composition. Two visual cues for distance are the 3 persons in the foreground and the bridge in the distance. The figures should have been just a little larger and the bridge a little smaller. The tonal structure of the drawing is either just started or is incomplete. Notice on the pier or quay you placed a shadow that travels diagonally and helps explain the orientation of that plane and the direction of light. This is good. That shadow's tone should have been continued into the river bank and greenery. [You did so on the side of the pier and on the post but the foreground need to be darker tone. Not too dark but one that confirms the shadow on the pier.] The trees across the river are too delineated, this means they have a tendency to come forward and not stay in the distance. The next time you have an opportunity to do trees in the middleground try to achieve their characteristics: trunk, branches, and foliage, with tone and very little line. Look forward to seeing your next project posting.