Perspective

perspective sketches

I tend to draw flat things.  Like a little kid draws people with their arms and legs sticking out in the shape of a gingerbread man, perspective is something I’ve often avoided if I could.  Why?  It’s not easy :).

One of my favorite assignments in my high school art class was structural perspective drawing.  I remember doing two… one in my sketchbook as a simple homework practice (I did the corner of the kitchen in my house), and one larger drawing that we spent much longer on (a wide view of some buildings on campus).  It was a concept I had grasped well when I was even younger, that all lines aim toward the same horizon point, so I really enjoyed making those come to life.

Lines and precision are easy, though.  Organic perspective has always been something I’ve kept from, so today was a bit of a quick dabble into that.  I’m working on another project, and these were just quick sketches, so it’s not amazing.. but I think there’s a noticeable difference between the two described below.  I first took time looking at how turning a box around its center axis would look, and then I tried with a really simple face.  As you can see by the last face, it’s much more difficult for me to remain accurate with smooth organic lines than with the straight edges of the box.  Not uncommon, I’m sure, but something I want to work on :).  The rest are just some of the other things I was doodling out.  Last week’s Baby Plainview was pretty much just a flat, straight-on drawing, and my goal is to avoid those from here on out.

Wish me luck… and be prepared for things to get ugly ;).

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About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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