Drawing Skills 1 : Part III. Perspective

Exercise : Parallel perspective : interior : OCA p88

For this exercise I practised 3 different views through various doors at my home.  The first shows the view up two steps from my art studio into my kitchen.  The tile floor and the rug in the studio gave me lines to follow, plus the skirting board.  My pencil perspective lines show that I was off-course to the left and lower than eye level and the gold lines show the reality.

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Fig 1 : sketch #94/3

My second drawing shows a timber floor and then a rug with parallel lines of dots, plus a coffee table.  There is a rug in the foreground and a skirting board which have been considered also.  The red lines show where my original drawing led to the horizon line and the gold lines show the real deal.  I have improved a little from the last attempt.

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Fig 2 : sketch #95/3

Next I drew the view into the kitchen from the hall.  This was decided because we can see 3 rugs on a terazzo tile floor, so lots of receding lines.  I have drawn red broken lines in very lightly to find the eye level and this time I seem to be even closer so was much happier.

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Fig 3 : sketch #96/3

Exercise : Angular perspective : OCA p 89

My first practice sketches were at the library and from the balcony of a church

Fig 4: sketch # 107/4

Fig 4: sketch # 107/4

Fig 5 : sketch 106/4

Fig 5 : sketch 106/4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig 6: sketch #114/L/A3

Fig 6: sketch #114/L/A3

I then chose this lovely little building in Denmark to try out angular perspective.

Precisely because I find oil pastels so hard to use, I coloured it in with them and used a blending stick to spread the colour and some coloured crayon to sharpen up the edges.  I loved the bright red of the house in the lazy square with a yellow house to its left and blue behind.  The buildings in Denmark was beautifully colourful.

It was a conscious decision to make the house my main focus and have the surroundings washed out at the edges but still there to put the house in context.

There was a little sunshine on this tranquil scene with the sky a hazy blue.

The drawing is on A3 but the perspective was checked against a much larger piece of paper and was very close to where it should be.

Rome drawing : OCA p 90

Here is my simplified version with perspective lines showing:

Fig X : Sketch X

Fig X : Sketch X

 

 

 

Check and Log : OCA p 90

Problems with perspective:  None really.  Once I got the hang of it I seemed to have a fair eye if I use it!  Arial perspective is another matter, however, and I have a long way to go before I achieve that look of distance in a picture.

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