Sunday, 9 November 2014

Practicing Linear Perspective

Bookcases and Birthday Cards
5, 6 and 9 November 2014
Graphite Pencil
Winsor & Newton A4 Heavy Weight Sketch Book
21.0cm x 29.7cm (8.25" x 11.75")

This week it was time to practice some linear perspective.

The evenings are too dark (and cold and wet) to look for a suitable subject outside, so I fell back on the old favourite - a corner of a room.

The last time I tried this type of scene was almost exactly a year ago (see Keys to Drawing - Chapter 5).

The perspective on the bookshelves was more complex than I anticipated. It was tempting to use one-point perspective, but making the shelves believable relies on two-point perspective. You have to see the tops of some shelves and the bottom of others, so there is no escaping two-point perspective. Both the vanishing points are off the page and it was a challenge to make the numerous parallel lines look as though they are converging to the same place.

My goal was to make the perspective sufficiently accurate so an not to offend the eye without resorting to a ruler and without making the drawing look too much like an exercise in linear perspective - even though it was.

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