Drawing boats is always a challenge. Those curved shapes are graceful and symmetrical and yet so difficult to put in perspective. How do you draw the right shape and make them look like they’re floating on the water at the same time? Whether it’s a giant tug tied up at dock, a sailboat heeling in a… Continue reading Staying Inside the Box
Working with straight lines is one thing, but how do you deal with round? Circles in perspective can boggle the mind. I find it helpful to put the circle in a square. This makes it so much easier to to see how the circle relates to the rules of perspective. … Continue reading Do you see what I see?
For most drawings, basic two point perspective works just fine. Occasionally, we might want to try a more dramatic angle. Let’s use this classic New England church to demonstrate three point perspective. From a distance one can draw it nicely using two point perspective. The steeple is tall and, although it reduces in size with each level of… Continue reading Looking Up
We were simply drawing boxes in class, putting them in positions that require two vanishing points. One of the students suddenly exclaimed, “It’s shocking!” Shocking is not usually a word associated with the art I do or teach. She was referring to the surprising realization that things radically change when we change our viewpoint. Let’s take… Continue reading A Shocking Revelation
I recently began teaching a six week Perspective course. It’s a topic I find fascinating and I especially enjoy discovering it fresh through the eyes of my students. There are always wonderful questions that come up that help me see perspective anew. For veteran sketchers, this next series will be review; for those… Continue reading New Perspectives
One of the many things I love about the Oregon Coast is the mist or light that settles where the shore meets the sea. The farther the distance, the whiter the light. I know this is atmospheric perspective. It has to do with the way our eyes see light as it recedes in distance. Along the… Continue reading Coastal Perspective
As I mentioned in the previous post, the premise of Urban Sketching is to drawn within an allotted time frame then meet up to share drawings. There’s not a lot of time to pick the perfect drawing location. With the temperature in the 90’s on the first day of last weekend’s Urban Sketchers West Coast… Continue reading Tacoma Sketches