It’s fabulous to see you taking part and all the progress you are making. Since tackling the challenge we’ve seen some positive results from our members. We hope you will continue with these challenges as a fun un-intimidating way of warming up your drawing hand and honing your observational skills.
If you’ve missed any of the steps simply click the links on the right to catch up and remember…
Practice really does make progress!
Stage five of this years’ challenge focuses on Playing With Perspective.
Perspective allows us to create the optical illusion of a 3D image on a flat page.
See the challenge in action: Playing With Perspective…
Step 5 – Playing With Perspective
For this first step, all you will need is a dedicated sketch book or ideally several dotted around the house, in your bag, in the car, unless you’re disciplined enough to keep it with you at all times.
How it works
This exercise will build on the skills you are developing
with Blind Contour, Scribble Gesture Drawing, Construction Drawing and Tonal Contrast. Try to continue to do the first four challenges as well as moving on to stage five.
Have a play with perspective drawing this simple cube and once you’ve got to grips with it you’ll be able to draw so many things following the same principles.
1. Start by drawing a square approximately 3cm x 3cm. Next draw a horizontal line parallel to, and above, the square to represent the Horizon Line. This is your Eye Level line and remains the same whether you look down at the ground or up at the sky. We can change the position of the horizon line by placing it either higher up our page or lower down the page depending on where we want our viewer to be standing when looking at the scene.
2. Place a dot along the horizon line just off to the right side of the square. This dot is called our Vanishing Point because all things that are parallel to us (the viewer) converge together and vanish from our vision at this one point. This little dot can be placed anywhere we choose depending on the drawing we wish to create.
3. Draw a diagonal line from the two top corners of the square and the bottom right corner all travelling back to the Vanishing Point. These are called Convergence Lines and will help form the sides of our cube.
4. To create the top of the cube, draw a horizontal line just a bit above the top horizontal edge of the square and make sure that it touches both convergence lines that travel from the top two corners to the vanishing point.
Moving this line closer to the horizon line will make your box appear deeper. To create the right-side wall of the cube, draw a vertical line straight down from the top right side of the cube-like shape. This is because we have positioned the horizon line above the square and drawn the vanishing point just off to the right side of
5. You could leave your cube like this or simply erase all the working markings to end up with the outside view of the cube-like shape or continue to add more convergence lines so that you can see the inside as well.
Have a play and let us know how you get on. Whether you produce flying boxes, or 3D street scenes, we hope you have fun!
Chandy Rodgers, editor of Paint magazine
Chandy has been enjoying practicing the exercises over the last few months.
“I have always struggled with perspective – but playing with this simple method of drawing boxes has helped the penny drop. I now have pages covered with ‘flying boxes’ and am starting to see how to apply it to observational drawing. The only problem is that every spare bit of paper is covered in doodles and I am turning everything 3D!”