Archive for October, 2010


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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One Point Perspective #3

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)

No Name

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.

Claude Lorrain

Seaport Scene

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.