Figure, Forest and Perspective

I have been camping out of internet range and was unable to post. This is the blog I wrote for July 9, 2015

Remembering that my primary goal is to tell a story through image, my plan for today is to incorporate what I learned about perspective and proportion and construct a more convincing and less naive setting for my sketch.

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So, here we are, a figure, a table, a camper and two trees, all gathered on a page.

I planned out a horizon, a vanishing point and proportions, and then when I actually began drawing got a little off. I somehow have a different scale for width than for length, so the table and camper appear less long than than they should. I like the way the camper turned out, the irregularities give it a living, smiling look. I did use the figure as a scale for height and placed the trees and camper up on the page in proportion to the figure. I got off from a consistent vanishing point which is most evident in the camper’s awning. I had to use the diameter of the trees behind the camper to convey how they recede in space because the camper obscures the tree trunks rising and the top edge of the paper ends below the tree line.

The summary of my learning for today is using all I plan to use is easily forgotten when I am in the flow of sketching. Planning is a different experience than sketching and learning to shift between the two will be important for me.

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4 Responses to Figure, Forest and Perspective

  1. Tara says:

    D and I were talking about this today, in a different context. We’ve been working on a business design project for the past few days and submitted the complete work for print today. It was really interesting to reflect on how the intense, dedicated focus to detail, resulted in stepping away *sensing* an actual understanding of how the piece achieves the desired effects and how to replicate it. The project didn’t allow my usual style of learning, which has some areas of dedicated focus but is mostly allowing information to wash over me and absorb what it can. Not only did intentional and deliberate practice (adjusting the pieces slightly, over and over again) result in stepping away from the project feeling like I understood it, I was also aware of how long it took to achieve that result. Normally I would estimate a few hours to learn how to make a good business card but did not achieve that understanding until a few days of intense work on one. Going forward I’ll be more mindful, intentional, and patient with my learning. I cheat myself by trying to rush the process, for example, in believing myself competent after reading a book through, instead of accepting the pace of learning and thinking through the author’s concepts.


    • Thank you Tara for your thoughtful response. I appreciate your example of using deliberate practice in a business context. When I consider what led to me not making progress, your phrase, ‘mostly allowing information to wash over me and absorb what it can’ gets to the heart of the slow growth. Interesting that we both observe that speeding up growth requires slowing down.


  2. This reminds me of my favorite one 🙂


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