Landscape mode works, portrait mode is better.
Before the school year started, while planning my schedule, I knew I wanted to include some sort of art class. I've always loved architecture, design and building with wood (or any other medium for that matter), but in order to design such things and get them to a point where they can become a reality, one needs to know how to draw, and put those ideas down on paper. This class seemed like the appropriate way to advance my drawing skills while pulling everything else along. It certainly has done so.
ELEMENTS OF DRAWING
The positive and negative space drawing was one of my favorite projects. When we look at something, or think about drawing something, we often concentrate on its outline. Although that is important, negative space and the empty spots surrounding an object are very important as well.
By drawing the spaces between the slats at the top of the chair, it popped right out.
This is one of the pieces I'm quite proud of value, texture, and form wise. I think I got the darker darks lighter lights thing right. The wood grain in the top box makes me really happy whenever I look at it. The shapes are all correct too... the wheel I was very happy with.
2 POINT PERSPECTIVE
Before we started this piece, we talked about the definition of horizon, vanishing point, horizontal and vertical lines, and 2 and 1 point perspectives. This is a 2 point perspective piece, because it has 2 vanishing points. The horizon is the line where your view ends, and the vanishing point rests on that line. In this piece, they are both off the page. Horizontal lines, like the ones that make up the door handle and the tiles, run from side to side, and depending on the surface they're on, connect to the left of right vanishing points. Vertical lines are those that go up and down, like the left side of the door, or the sides of the columns. With a little planning, a piece like this is not hard to create.
Before starting on our self-portraits, we talked about the placement and drawing of eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Eyes halfway, (eye-width inbetween) nose, nostril edges lined up with eye corners, ears right below eyes, and mouth half way between nose and chin. These have to be followed, or your piece just looks wrong. Now, while looking at the picture and the drawing side by side, I think that one of the things that is wrong is the eyes. They're shaped wrong... too round. They should be more tear-dropped shape. I think they're also a little too small. The parts I like are the neck, chin, and mouth. I also think the ears turned out nicely. The improvement in that first picture is pretty crazy.