I found this project to be one of the most challenging in our art class so far. It took longer than usual since all the shapes were made of straight lines which required a ruler to plot out. However, working with one point perspective was easier than expected. Once the four major edges of the hallway were laid out all other lines were either parallel to these or perfectly vertical. One of the most difficult elements was the shading. Everything in the hallway had a light hue, yet with pencils shading can only go from relatively dark to very dark. If I had had the advantage of less heavy pencils (with lower values), the shading may have looked a bit more realistic. Instead, everything in my drawing either looks dark or light; there is almost no in between. Working with such small shaded areas was also difficult since I had to blend the lines carefully with my finger. Overall, although I am proud of my result, I found the project tedious and would not ever choose to do it again voluntarily.
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Vincent Van Gogh
Avenue of Poplars
99 X 66 cm
Oil on Canvas
I chose this painting because I admire the colors and subject; I am a big fan of sunsets and the appearance of things like trees in my favorite season, fall. It also is an exceptionally good example of one point perspective, even though the vanishing point is behind the house.
I plan on including certain elements of this painting into my project. For instance, I like how there aren’t many visible outlines, especially on things likes leaves, which makes the overall picture look less cartoonish. Also, I may choose to put my vanishing point behind another object, and this picture would be a good model of that trait.
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. He was of Dutch descent, and lived from 1853 to 1890. He is known for his hundreds of paintings, including The Starry Night and Bedroom in Arles, and for cutting off one of his ears because of a lifelong state of depression.
Brittany (no last name given)
320 X 260 Pixels
Pencil on Paper
I chose this painting because it a detailed and well done example of what we have been working on recently: one point perspective as seen in hallways. She accurately shaded the drawing to help enhance the 3D effect even more than if it had just used one point perspective.
In my own project, I plan on incorporating one point perspective in the same way she did. She made sure all the tops of the doorways always remained parallel to the ceiling line, for instance. I also hope to be able to shade in a similar way to her so that my picture will have even more depth, and every detail will look slightly more accurate.
Brittany lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. She uses a blog to post and share her art with others, but doesn’t reveal any personal information about herself. That says that she is a very knowledgeable and safe person. This picture is based off of a hallway located in her dome, so it can be assumed that she may be a college student.
580 X 434 Pixels
Oil on canvas
I chose this painting because of its serene mood and perfect demonstration of one point perspective. Everything appears so calm and the sunset adds to the laid back mood, as well as giving the entire picture a three dimensional feel. We frequently see one point perspective in drawings, yet it is difficult to come across in paintings, so I admire the artist for his skill and innovation.
In my project I plan to incorporate the sense of depth used in this one by using a carefully planned one point perspective method. I admire his use of the sun as the point where everything else is drawn to, and may choose to do something similar by actually showing the vanishing point as a physical object in my own work.
Claude Lorrain was an active artist during the Baroque era in the 1600s. He was born into poverty, and spent most of his life in Italy. He is very well known for his achievements in landscape paintings, and frequently utilized one point perspective in his pieces. He died of a foot disease in Rome in 1682, but by the end of his life had gained a considerable amount of popularity and wealth.
I found the Brophy chapel drawing extremely difficult and time consuming, yet by the end I was very pleased with the result. It took a while to accurately portray every specific detail, from the picture in the center to the designs etched into the stone, and by the last day we had to work on them in class, I had only finished the right half. Thus, at home, I was able to experience using reflectional symmetry to complete the project. The shadowing was actually one of the most difficult elements, as from my position, on the left side of the subject there was a slight shadow casted to the right, and a larger shadow on the right side facing the left. Although it was a large challenge to portray so many specific details of the interior of the chapel, I feel that my drawing represents its subject pretty well.
Though a grueling process, I actually somewhat enjoyed this project. I wanted the finished product to be something I was happy with, so I spent much time completing every step. I penciled very detailed lines and marks into their correct places on the grid, then used the model as a heavily relied upon example for when I went over it and shaded with the ink. I quickly got used to using lines to shade different areas, and developed more skills in the areas of hatching and crosshatching. My only dislike about the project was working with the quills and ink. The quills were hard to use and didn’t glide over the paper smoothly, and occasionally caught and sent a few tiny ink droplets flying. Also, a large puddle of ink dropped out of the quill and onto my drawing at one point, so there is now a smudge on one of the branches of the tree on the far right of the picture. Overall, I wouldn’t mind, and would actually enjoy, doing a similar project in the future.
Creating this still life has been my favorite, yet also most challenging, assignment in art so far this year. I took great detail in accurately expressing the shapes and shading of each object, and never sacrificed quality for quickness. Some of the subjects were easy to recreate, such as the bowl, box, and bottle, whereas some had more complex figures and required a greater amount of effort and re-dos in order to create a pleasing final product, like the candelabra and coffee grinder. The most difficult challenge, however, was unquestionably the task of drawing the folds and shadows in the background/white sheet. I spent much time working towards these results, had fun along the way, and am proud of the outcome.
936 × 700 Pixels
Pencil on Paper
I like this drawing because it comes off as simple and not to complex. The subjects don’t look elegant; they are just random objects strewn about in a random order. The shadowing isn’t too dark or dramatic, as is in many other still lives, which makes it look more casual and realistic.
I plan on including the almost cartoon-ish element of this drawing in my own. In my opinion, art that extends past what we can already see in everyday life and show us altered objects or “what ifs” is far more intriguing than art that exactly portrays every line and every shadow exactly as is in real life. Thus, I plan on not being too specific with each detail in my still life.
Melissa Anne Clifton currently resides in New Zealand. She is very intrigued with the artistic world, and enjoys viewing and learning from the works of previous artists. Her hobbies include studying and creating art, traveling, being lazy, and eating.
640 × 394 Pixels
Pencil on Paper
I chose this drawing because I am fascinated by the fact that she was able to so accurately portray the shadows and lights and darks despite having chosen an odd angle to view the subjects of the still life. Even though the items were viewed upon from a downwards viewing angle, she still executed the complex and overlapping shadows flawlessly.
I plan on trying, no matter how many times or how hard, to accurately demonstrate the shadows that the light source casted on my subjects of drawing. When shadows overlap, I now know to make the shared shadows darker in order to make them still seem realistic.
Jill Harrington is 28 years old and lives in Boston, MA. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in fine arts, with a major in Ceramics. She loves her job as a technical artist for a computer game company, and loves to play computer games and read or draw in her spare time.
1024 × 939 Pixels
Pencil on Paper
I chose this picture because i liked the shadowing method. The author must have spent a lot of time plotting out exactly where each line would go and what the value of each would be, which shows in how unique and detailed the various shadows streaked across the objects are.
I plan on shadowing like the artist did. He effectively portrayed the light and dark areas on the items, and even showed where light reflected. For instance, their is a light spot on the pitcher that depicts light shining upon that specific area. He didn’t shadow by using the typical smudging method; he used line value as his tool, and each shadow consisted of several tiny lines.
Karl Zipser was born in 1969 in New York City. He studied biology for the majority of his life, and got his Ph.D. in 1995. His parents had always encouraged his artistic side, and during post-doctoral in Amsterdam, he rekindled this passion by deciding to become a painter. He has participated in several international exhibitions since then, and continues to show his work to others by frequently posting new entries on his blog.