Linear Perspective

Baby steps. I finally found a great book to try and learn perspective….in full color *insert oohs and aahs here*!   Here’s the link on Amazon.

0607 drawing

This drawing isn’t based on anything I’ve learned from the book, as I’ve only just begun it. I can just tell from a quick flip-through (and all the reviews I read on Amazon) that this is the one. 🙂   I promise a full book review once I finish.

0607 book

Question for those of you into cityscapes, urban sketching, etc….do you use rulers? I think this is the second building I’ve tried to draw, and…it’s pretty crooked. How do artists sketching on location do it?!  Especially with the tall steeple…..it was harder to get the whole thing straight than I thought.

0607 photo

I did use a straight edge here and there, but I didn’t really use a square or anything to be sure of the angles. The lines on the door definitely would’ve been helped with a ruler.  Oh well. Live and learn. I’d love to be painting churches eventually.  There’s just something about a church…..you can feel the peacefulness, even in the cemetery outside. And barns. Love old churches and barns!  Good thing I live in farm country.

I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Sunday. Remember to let your art supplies come out and play today. I’m pretty sure you’ve earned it.

25 thoughts on “Linear Perspective

  1. Interesting question. I don’t go for rulers, as I don’t like the feeling of solid rigidity they give to a picture. HOWEVER, I do ‘cheat’ by using the edge of my sketchbook as a guide for my hand to run down if I need a straight horizontal or vertical edge. It’s more ‘natural’ than a ruler, but takes a little bit of practice to hold your pencil still while you pull your hand down. Sadly it doesn’t work for diagonals!

    Perspective is a big bugbear…I was chatting recently to fellow blogger Zhangah about maybe using a perspective tool, which you can make from two straight pieces of card hinged with a split brass pin. It’s supposed to help you transfer angles from reality onto paper – might be worth looking into? Also, you could use the frame method, where you hold up a viewing frame to help you ‘flatten’ what you’re looking at so you can transfer it to paper more easily. I’ve not used one of these (yet) but I’m told they can be helpful. I expect your new book might discuss these further – enjoy experimenting! It looks like you’ve made a good start…

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I really need to dive into that book. I’ve heard a few of your ideas before, and I like that one about the horizontal and vertical edges best, but it does look like it takes practice. Your work with buildings is beautiful, and if I could render them the way you do, I wouldn’t change a thing! I’m amazed you use no tools! Bravo!

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  2. I like what you’ve done here.I like the color in the front. Part of the charm for me is noticing the hand-drawn bits.You could use a ruler, but the moment you pull it out it feels like you are doing something different: an architectural drawing or a school assignment. But I have used a ruler for some of the beginning lines and it has helped. I also made one of those flattening frames but I’m not sure how useful it has been. Closing one eye seems to achieve the same effect. But I don’t know anything–I’m just a beginner.

    Your roof line and steeple are great. I like seeing the detail up there. Very nice!

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      1. Yes–read the book. I think I’ll order it as well. But I would say keep at it. You are doing really well and making images that are intriguing and fun to see. But not tomorrow, because it is “Draw a Bird” day, after all.

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        1. Kirk, do you wanna lead that this month? I think I got all birded out last time. I’ll join in though if you or someone else wants to lead it.

          Thanks for your encouragement. Drawing that house last night was…eye-opening and made me realize how much I need that book!

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              1. I don’t use any tools (ha ha can you tell from how wonky my buildings always are?! :)) I feel like as soon as you use a ruler the life and personality is sucked from a drawing. It’s fine for very faint construction lines but if you start drawing the actual finished lines with a ruler then you need to do all of them otherwise the few dead straight lines can stick out like a saw thumb.

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                  1. Embrace the wobbly lines! They need to be at the correct angles and in the right places but don’t need to be pin straight. I’m sloppy though and often the angles are all off – I should take my own advice and draw some construction lines first 🙂

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                    1. If your working from a photograph then you can compare the angle of lines to the edges of image (but the photo needs to be straight!) if from life then holding your pencil at arms length and closing one eye can achieve the same. I don’t do enough of this which is why everything comes out wonky 🙂

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  3. Hello — interesting subject. I never use a ruler nor any tool. In my point of view one of the aims when painting is to learn how to “see” and this is part of the process. hope this helps -)

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