Sorry I've been away!
This week Iím going to draw from one of the Perspective 101 assignments: Drawing from Observation Using Perspective. Of all the assignments in the Perspective 101 thread, this one is the most important, because this is what connects that strange abstract world of vanishing points and rectangular solids with what weíre all really here for: drawing actual pictures of things.
But Iíll add a little more to the assignment to make it more fun. I would like to see four drawings:
1. Select a rectangular object from the stuff youíve got around you. If you donít yet have much experience with perspective, than make it a simple object, such as a shoe-box, or a box of chocolates. For those of you ready for more challenge, try a piece of furniture, or something more complex. Sketch this object, loosely and lightly, from observation.
2. Sketch the same object from the same vantage point for a second time, again, lightly and loosely. Then, using a straight-edge and perspective, correct the drawing. You should end up with a pair of drawings similar to the drawing of a cardboard box that I have attached.
3. And now the fun part. . . envision a fantasy or sci-fi box of similar size, shape, and position to what you have drawn. It could be an iron-banded treasure-chest, or the cigar box of a space pirate, or a Personal Companion Cube Ė whatever you like. Sketch the object, lightly and loosely, from imagination.
4. And now use that straight-edge again, along with perspective, to tidy up the drawing.
While it might be possible to do all four of these drawings on one sheet of paper, I recommend giving yourself plenty of room, especially on the two drawings that require perspective. Donít worry about making a pretty composition. (Pretty compositions would be the next step after learning this stuff.) Instead, draw the object rather small, and right smack in the center of a piece of paper, so that you will have room for as many of the vanishing points to fall on the paper as possible.
Are you ready? Go go go!