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Project Description

What type of piece is this? Drawing Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Mechanical writing pencil for blocking in elements, then Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencils in HB, 2B, 6B, and 9B for final strokes. Paper was Bienfang Raritan Heavyweight Drawing paper, medium surface texture, 9x12 What are you most proud of? It captures the spirit of the space. My husband recognized exactly where I was sitting to draw it. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just do it.

What you will need

  • Graphite

Q&A with mckennalinn

Patrick Connors asked:
Hello mckennalinn, Congratulations on posting your first drawing. Despite some initial confusion in perspectival theory, which is a subject you now have elucidated, you have a good grasp of perspective in practice. As you noted, the drawing is stretched one way and this is an important observation. You and other artists will find that there is a tendency to "stretch" or emphasize sections of the drawing unwittingly. Interestingly, this tendency will appear in all your representationist depiction whether it is landscape, portrait, still life, etc. So if you tend to lengthen your landscapes, you probably do the same in your portrait and so forth. You now know to be on the alert if you are seeking accuracy. On another matter, since so many artists are trained, if trained at all, to start a drawing with a linear expression we often ignore the aspect of starting with a tonal aspect. As mentioned in the project previous to you, I will suggest that after you place your construction lines, you immediately start making sense of the spatial layout through tonal expression. Start lightly at first, for example the grass on the ground plane would have one tone. The bushes and flora on the left another tone and those on the right and in the distance yet other tones appropriate to space and color. Although the drawing may have an undesired ambiguity due to the similarity of tone, it will have an atmospheric depiction that should prompt you in considering how to bring the entire drawing to a spatial realization- not finish- but an awareness of the layout of the land. If desired, the drawing can be furthered with more tone, detail, and linear clarification.
mckennalinn answered:
Whew! Glad to have that triangle confusion behind me :-) I have no training in drawing or painting, other than Art 101 in college, where we did the railroad-tracks-and-telephone-poles exercise mumble-mumble years ago, so have no theory to draw on (pun was not intended). So it's interesting to consider starting with tone rather than line; it never would have occurred to me on my own. I will definitely try that. The other thing I want to try with this same scene is to put the frame around it before beginning, and make it in the correct proportion, to see if that helps me "unstretch" my hand-to-eye perception.

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