Rounding the Corner(s) on Perspective Drawing

Drawing Homework Due 10/12/16

This week you have two tasks my dear drawing students:

number-one-Project 1: The Next Generation

As you know from our discussion in class, I am pushing the due date of Project 1 back one week in order to give you enough time to develop a really strong contour still life. Project 1 will now be due Wednesday, October 19 at the beginning of class.

As part of this change, we are adding another checkpoint along the way. For next week, 10/12/16, block in your chosen composition using light contour lines that are result of careful measurement and observation. Do not draw any dark lines just yet; we are going to review the “correctness” of your proportions and perspective next week prior to you putting finishing touches in place. In other words, keep everything light enough to erase until after we’ve taken a look at the drawing together in class.

no_photography.gifPlease draw from life not from a photograph. You don’t learn very effectively if you work from something that has already been flattened into two dimensions. There are also distortions in photographs that may wonk up your drawing. *Gasp* They might even jank it! Bottom line, photos = bad for Project 1.

Some Step-by-Step

  1. Set up your chosen still life. What you choose will be based on the conversation we had in class regarding your thumbnails.

  2. light_cat.jpgIf possible, put a directional light on the still life. This makes it easier to see details and separations.

  3. Put your paper on a piece of board or cardboard as a backing. Ideally, to avoid skewed perspective, you will work vertically like we do on the easels in class.

  4. Measure the overall envelope. If you have objects that extend off the page, the envelope will encompass just what you see within the borders, meaning it may bisect certain objects.

  5. Measure and lightly mark the interior envelopes around each object.

  6. Lightly sketch each object in proportion and according to what you’ve learned about perspective. Use angles and horizontal and vertical “plumb bobs” to ensure everything is correct. Check and double check with different types of measuring to for best results. Can’t remember how to measure? Checky check:

  7. Have I mentioned draw lightly? Hey… you know you should draw lightly! Do not add dark or thick marks yet. Everything needs to be erasable.

  8. Work general to specific. For example, a wine bottle starts with an envelope box and then a neck and body cylinder and then the added details of shoulders, bottle top, etc.

  9. Make sure you step back regularly to evaluate the drawing. Does it feel “right”?

  10. Bring your drawing to class on Wednesday, October 12 so we can discuss it one-on-one. It should be far enough along that we can discuss both the individual objects and the overall composition, but it shouldn’t have any final finish in place, because you will likely need to make changes depending on our conversation.

TwoEllipse Mania!

Draw 10 ellipses in your creativity journal. Each ellipse should utilize a different proportion. For example, one might be 1 to 2, another 1 to 3, a third 2 to 5, etc. You may draw them vertically, horizontally or diagonally, but follow the steps introduced in class on Wednesday, October 5.


Drawing Ellipses Step-by-Step

  1. Draw a rectangle to the desired proportion using a measuring stick. A ruler is not necessary. As always, start with light marks that can be easily erased.
  2. Find the midpoint of each of the four sides of the rectangle.
  3. Lightly trace arched lines between the points to create the ellipse.
  4. It can help to feel your way with scribbly sketching. Draw as lightly as possible around and around the circumference until you find the right curve. You can then darken that correct line.

Watch Out for…

bloated_ellipseEllipses that seem to be retaining water…

Your ellipse should touch the sides of the rectangle only at the midpoints. In other words, it should “kiss” the box, not rub up against it. We want our ellipses G rated! If your ellipse touches more than the midpoints, it will look bloated.

invisible_footballAny ellipse that seems ready for the big game…

If your lines curve too sharply from top/bottom midpoint to side midpoint, your ellipse will look pointy like a football rather than gradually curved like a circle in perspective.




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