Tuesday, 3 March 2009

A matter of perspective

I really must enrol on a drawing course... it is apparent that I don't always get things in the right perspective, and as yet, I don't know the tricks of the trade. The tutor at tonight's art class came around us all, viewing our sketches before we began applying paint... he said mine was very well sketched. However, later, once I'd added a considerable amount of paint, he said I hadn't managed to get the lines in the right perspective. I couldn't help but think, why the hell didn't he tell me when he first came to assess my sketch... too bloody late now! I mustn't blame him, but the teacher in me shouts out that putting students on the right path straight away is everything! He also said my shadows were done differently to how he'd have done them. I used wet-on-wet, he would've used dry on dry! Personally I prefer wet rather than dry, every time!

Ah well, I must keep trying, and as Winston Churchill once said, 'when I die, I will spend the first million years painting, in the hope of getting to the bottom of it.'

2 comments:

Annette said...

I'm surprised he didn't tell you. After all, he is the teacher.
How's the moving going?

Kippers Dickie said...

Like you, I prefer shadows in wet on wet. I just cannot imagine dry shadows. Shadows should be soft. I think in art you should always do what you think best, however, getting perspective right is important. Keep all uprights vertical and try to get all horizontals to focus back to a single point. Try laying a ruler along the roof-line and another along the gutter or the line of the hedge. They should meet at a point.

You are doing OK. I liked your trees on the previous post.
Cheers ....Bernard