Pensive Figure in Forest

I have been camping out of internet range and was unable to post. This is the blog I wrote for July 10, 2015

Continuing with my study of perspective, today I will sketch figures in the context of a full setting.

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This sketch was planned with a single vanishing point. I adjusted the actual positions of the trees a bit to make the vanishing point clearer. I used the figure as a reference for the placement of the trees along the vertical and horizontal planes. I went back in and made the darks darker to emphasize the change in distance. Although I normally draw in ink, I used pencil so I could make adjustments. I used the shadow of the trees to show the rise of the hill, which added clarity beyond what I got from using the rise of trunks on the vertical plane. I do see a few color blobs that could be better used to convey location, but these slipped by me when I was sketching. The colors of the forest and the body language of the figure both add something to the story the sketch conveys.

A summary of my learning is that in addition to getting the placement of objects correct on a page, the tone of colors also matters.

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2 Responses to Pensive Figure in Forest

  1. Tara says:

    Commenting before reading your post. What I notice:
    I can tell the trees are receding away from us and up a gently rising hill to the back right. The size variances and the diagonal shadows really help! The figure is firmly rooted in the foreground. I really like the perspective on this one!


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