Tag Archives: Perspective

Staying Inside the Box

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 … Continue reading

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Do you see what I see?

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 … Continue reading

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Looking Up

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 … Continue reading

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A Shocking Revelation

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 … Continue reading

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New Perspectives

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 … Continue reading

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Coastal Perspective

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 … Continue reading

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Tacoma Sketches

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 … Continue reading

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Righting the Wrongs

Last week I posted a drawing with perspective errors.  How many did you find?  Here’s a numerical list of the errors I purposely drew incorrectly.  Read below for the explanations: 1.  From where the viewer is looking at this scene the ellipse … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Being a very visual person, I’ve always loved the silly drawings from the old Highlights magazines for kids.  Do your remember birds flying upside down and ice cream cones growing in the garden?   Since those first drawings, “What’s wrong with this picture?” has become … Continue reading

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Circles in Perspective

So far in our discussion of perspective we’ve talked about horizon lines, vanishing points and parallel sides.  One might think that perspective is only for straight-sided objects. What happens when you’re drawing something round?   Are there rules for drawing … Continue reading

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