Check & Log
- What problems did you find in executing perspective drawings?
- Parallel Perspective: Unsure whether I’d judged the eye level correctly.
What looks right doesn’t always seem to follow the perspective rules.
- Angular Perspective: This completely lost me to start with. I had external and internal corners to draw and have often, in the past, been unable to decide if a line is angled up or down and this results in the drawing not being “right” but unsure why.
Open doors and windows throw in opposite angles to the frame they are within.
It seems that sometimes the mathematically drawn version looks wrong too, especially with old buildings with warps and twists and leaning walls.
- Make notes on the merits of using, or not using, rulers to guide you.
- For using: I found using a ruler to check parallel perspective useful as a guide and to correct anything obviously wrong on occasion. However, regarding angular or oblique perspective, I found it invaluable. I had to study the perspective section in The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques* to begin to understand the principle. It helped me clarify the angles from an internal corner and ruler allowed me to see where the line hit on the eye level line.
For not using: This is a matter of aesthetics, using rulers gives straight lines, old buildings in particular, may appear to be straight but have evolved due to weather, ground levels shifting and general aging. If a ruler is over-used in these instances, the building loses its character.
NB: I am typing this retrospectively, as my work was lost en route to my tutor with a handmade and handwritten learning log. Enough said on that – not happy! However, the above is a collation of notes I took at the time, and I had not completed Assignment 3. With the benefit of hind sight, the slight indication that I was beginning to understand angular perspective, proved to be false when attempting the next project of Townscapes – I am pleased to say that, eventually, there was a happy ending – but I won’t spoil the story now.
*The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Meyer Fifth revised and Expanded Edition 1991.