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Landscaping Drawing project 1

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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

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Category Drawing
Type Drawing
Subject Landscape
Material Graphite
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. sketch book 9x17 inch pencil HB 2B 2H eraser

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What are you most proud of? I am a amateur photographer and draw this from my photo, which was taken at Treasure Island Beach in Laguna Beach, California.

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Dear Joseph Choi, Welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing. Congratulations on posting your first project. It is interesting to read that you are resuming a childhood interest. You are off to a good start. Two caveats: 1. If one is to draw from photographs, often times the more successful drawings come from photographs that the artist has taken. This is because the artist experienced first-hand the space of the scene. 2. As you are well aware, although a camera can be set-up to mimic linear perspective principles, it is incapable of perceiving space as a human does. That being said, let's look at your drawing. Your delight is obvious due to the care of depiction of the flora of the beach. In the future, try not to outline so much. Although it does isolate the blossoms and leaves, it does so in a way that tends to flatten rather than enance the space. Also, contributing to the flattening effect is the sameness of the line strength. Line quality manipulates light, middle, and dark in service of spatial depiction. For spatial structure, this type of screen is an useful visual cue from which the viewer will make sense of the space in the rest of the rendering. It would have helped the ocean plane if you had drawn the horizon line below the horizontal centerline of the paper. This can be seen by adding a 2-3-inch strip of paper at the top of your drawing, [This is not meant to be added permanently, it is just a tool to aid with the placement of the ground and ocean plane.] The rendering of the middleground rock formations and beach in tone rather than outline does much to set them at their proper distance. The rocks to the left lack form and this is due to the overall sameness of tone. Notice the rock formation just to the right of them and in those you have rendered the form convincingly, [The distant tone along the horizon, is that rock formations or hills in the distance?] There is one thing about the overall tone for the rocks, in some places it is as dark as those in the foreground causing the rocks to compete with the flora and foreground in terms of depth. The rock formation's overall tone needs to be a bit less dark. The addition of birds is nice touch. Believe it or not, they too can be visual cues to the space, in this case, the space of the sky. Please note: 1. They are a bit too dark, lighten them. 2. They are a bit too similar in size and flight pattern, and are in danger of becoming surface decoration rather than spatial elements. I look forward to seeing the posting of your next drawing.

09/30/2013 Flag