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    A quick warning, this is a long post. Don’t feel like reading? pictures at the bottom!

    This update contains perspective studies. In my “back to the basics” project that I have going on I decided to get into perspective first. Behind all my decisions I try to have good reasons, and make intelligent choices. The reasons why I am starting with perspective and not any of the other fundamentals are many:

    1. It’s a weakness. I’ve never actually studied perspective so I have very limited knowledge about it. I’ve spent much more time studying anatomy, colortheory and other subjects.

    2. In the book “A treatise on painting” Leonardo da Vinci writes “The young student should, in the first place, acquire knowledge of perspective. Next, he must study Nature, in order to confirm and fix his mind the reason of those percepts which he has learnt. He must also bestow some time in viewing the works of various old masters, to form his eye and judgment, in order that he may be able to put in practice all that he has been taught.” Reading this made sense to me.

    3. The more I look at artists that inspire me the most, and whose artworks make me scream like a pubescent fangirl, the more I realize that a strong knowledge of perspective enables them to create those amazing pictures. (Kim Jung Gi I’m pointing at you! Ò_ó)

    4. Perspective seems to be that invisible skeleton that, once you learn how to draw and see it, keeps everything together and I want to be able to see it as well so I can draw cooler stuff from imagination.

    With that in mind I’ve started doing perspective starting with the very basics. Last week was spent on gathering some resources and exploring 1point perspective. This week I continue into 2point and 3point perspective.

    I will combine textbook practices such as drawing cubes and other geometric shapes, with drawing from life and studying masters. I’ve found that architecture, manga and other comics, and renaissance paintings are especially good resources for perspective.
    I don’t expect to be a master of perspective in any way after doing this. However, I do expect to have a basic enough knowledge of perspective that I will be able to spot its various forms in nature and much better be able to draw scenery from life. I’m only giving myself 2 weeks because there are many other fundamentals I wish to improve on as well. This doesn’t mean I won’t continue doing perspective after this. It only means that I will be working on my chosen subject during school-time.

    My spring semester is project-based and the subjects are completely up to the individual which is so great. I can finally spend my time working on what I want to!

    I’d also like to share something I learned when learning guitar a while back. It’s very simple yet so powerful, and important to keep in mind. You ready for it?

    Work on what you can’t do!

    What does this mean? From a music point-of-view, if you’re learning chords, and you are good at nailing the D-chord, but struggle with the G-chord, then go practice on getting the G-chord right. It won’t do you much good if you keep practicing what you know again and again. Also, don’t worry about that D-chord, every time you play it you will passively get better. I try to apply this to my drawings.

    There’s no need to draw page after page of cubes in a 1point perspective if you already know how to draw them in that perspective. Instead, go draw a scene from life in 1point perspective. Sit in a corridor or look at a painting with that perspective and do a study of that. I bet it’s much more challenging than drawing cubes and I also bet you’ll learn much more.

    When I am confident in drawing volumes in perspective I’ll move on to drawing from life and masters.


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    Resources I am using:

    Nature

    Websites:
    Cool article on renaissance perspective - http://www.webexhibits.org/sciartper...spective1.html
    More on the renaissance - http://www.internal.schools.net.au/e...rspective.html
    References paintings - http://literaria.net/RP/L3/RPL3.htm
    Perspective tutorial - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...ctive-Tutorial
    Seedling’s Perspective 101 (awesome thread) - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...-101&p=1485584
    More from Seedling on perspective - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...chgarden/page2

    Books:
    http://www.artgraphica.net/free-art-...r-artists.html
    This book seems incredibly comprehensive. It’s also available as a good-quality pdf from -here- rightclick on pdf and choose “save as”

    -"Norling – Perspective Made Easy"
    -"Design Sketching, Umeå institute of design"
    -"Sketching, drawing techniques for product designers"

    Workshops:
    -Matte surface rendering by Scott Robertson
    http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/sto.../#.UPVPACeCA4k

    I won’t be able to read all these books or work with all of the material listed here, but I thought I’d list them anyway. I am starting with the perspective 101 thread since it seemed like a really well-arranged and comprehensive guide to perspective.
    If anyone feels like adding to this list, feel free to share

    Now on to the pictures and keeping it short here. What have I learned so far?

    -complex shapes are difficult to do in 1-point perspective. Simple geometry works really well, but as soon as you want to start subtracting or adding volumes, it gets difficult. Especially since you’re limited to vertical, horizontal and receding lines.

    -I always thought the horizon-line to be a given divider of space, with everything above the the horizon being in air, but now I think it’s only true under certain conditions. When I started observing nature I found that groundplanes could be above the theoretical horizon. Something that confused me a lot at first but that I now seem grasp.

    -horizon is at eyehight of the observer

    -drawing from life was so much harder than expected! spent hours on the "simple" picture with a corridor and a door.

    I’ll share more when I learn more!

    Sorry for the long read hehe.

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