Art 2 – Perspective sighting – Due 12/4


Watch the following videos and the site with explanations about perspective.

Post your responses to each of the 3 videos and 1 website and share the insights about perspective you get from each.

Add any links that you think might be of interest to others.


16 responses »

  1. In the first video, I found it interesting how scientific figuring out the shading of an object can be. It showed that by paying attention to how and at what angels light refracts off of a surface we can obtain extremely accurate shadowing (and therefore highlights as well). It the second video, I noticed how drawing using point perspective can become very mathematical, allowing us to produce a very realistic representation of our surroundings. In the third video, I enjoyed watching the pictures as they went through different stages of completion. In the online article, it was helpful for me to read about how parallel lines converge and to look at the staircase drawing. I also enjoyed reading about and looking at the transparency pictures.

    • I especially like the use of drawings in support of film in storyboards for planning a film, even when it is not an animated version. Alfred Hitchcock did most of his storyboards because he knew exactly what he wanted the final film to look like.

  2. In the first video, I though it was interesting how the artist really took care with his shading to make the light source clear, and the box shaded correctly. The amount of mathematics used in the second video to get the correct angles and proportions for the objects drawn were amazing. With such exact measurements, the perspective turned out really well and the finished work really did look like a room. The artwork in the last video was really impressive and looked really realistic. I like how whoever composed the video included photos of the drawings at different steps in the process of drawing them. The changes between each step were very noticeable and improved on how realistic the final piece looked. I liked the first drawing a lot, with the market scene. On the website, I found it interesting how many lines were used to create the wine glass to make it look real and three dimensional.

  3. I honestly don’t know what to comment about because I feel that that was a lot to absorb. But I really enjoyed in the first video the guy showing how the shading works. The second vid was a bit difficult for me to follow because it was very scientific and mathematical but it was interesting to see how to get a drawing of something so exact that math and science can justify every line drawn. The third video in a way reminded me of a higher level of those “how to draw” books but it’s dissecting like the way to look at the perspective. I feel there was one thing on the website that was most beneficial to me. That it when they showed boy shapes inside of a box in two point perspective can be used to create ANY type of form. This is a very different way of looking at things that I thought was quite interesting.

  4. I thought the first video was interesting in how it explained shading and how the refracting light effects it. The second video was confusing to me as well do to all the mathematical work that was done on it. Since there was no voice-over I have no idea how the artist got to that point, but nonetheless it was cool to watch. Personally, I think that that level of mathematical precision takes away a bit from the artistic process due to the amount of time it would take. In the third video, I found it really interesting to see how a lot of the art evolved from lines and diagram-ish things to detailed and realistic images. Finally, I thought the website was really cool and would be helpful if you were confused as of how to use perspective to draw a certain shape. I like how detailed and neat the diagrams and example pictures are. I will probably use this website if I ever need examples of two point perspective.

    • I especially liked the contour drawings on the website that had all the perspective planes as structural support….but I like the idea of approaching a drawing where those planes are internalized and the drawing unfolds without them. But, you have to practice the first to get to the second!

  5. In the first video, the artist seemed to have control over shading the object in. in the first two videos there seemed to be a lot of mathematical work involved. especially in the second video. the second video was kind of confusing, but it was cool to because of all the measurements. in the first video i liked how the artist showed his shading techniques. i wasnt exactly sure what was going on in the second video. in the third video i liked watching the slideshow of all the different pictures. they were all so detailed. they were very exact and well done.

  6. I like the second video. It is really interesting how they use the line to present the different shape of the box and the shadow of each box. And i agree with Wisdomrosecreations that how drawing using point perspective can become very mathematical. And i also like the third one that represent how to use the line, angle and box at first to start drawing which it has the dimension and look alive. It is show how to start by use the point perspective and how important of it.

  7. I really liked the detail of the shading in the first video. Shading can get very muddled, but the artist is very careful with his work. In the second video I really liked how the artist went into the geometry of the shapes. I think people tend to separate the arts and sciences too much, and it’s nice to see a harmonious combination of the two. The third video was really interesting because you can really see how even two point perspective can be used in figure drawings. It gives a sense of life to the artists works. On the website I really liked being able to see the converging lines. It’s really difficult to imagine the lines converging when you first start drawing. I really like the idea of MSP as well.

  8. Learn to Draw: Boxes and Tubes: I really appreciated his input on how the vanishing points are also where you are able to tell how to shade around the boxes. I have been eye-balling a lot of the shaded areas and now I know that I can be incredibly more accurate. I liked his use of cross hatching as well.
    Fast Sketch One-point perspective: By starting with a circle, the artist lost me for a while until I saw it start to compile together. It was interesting watching the progression (I love these types of progression videos) and how all of the lines and shapes that seemed to be pointed outward came together and really made the view point obvious. Geometry seemed heavily incorporated in this sketch.
    Prospective Drawing: The series of images portrayed in the video are all examples of how geometry was used to make figures and different types of objects. The people were especially impressive because of the very detailed kind of skeletal make up of the body before features and clothes are added.

    This website was very basic in showing how to successfully sketch in two point perspective displaying definitions and techniques. However, I found more example on this website:

  9. These videos and the website were really interesting, because I found myself loving the line drawings, and especially in the last video, almost liking them more than the finished project. I think that probably speaks to my own sense of design. I love the methodical way of drawing perspective, especially in the first video, with every part labeled and descriptions of where the light is coming from and it’s qualities. This way of laying things out makes a lot of sense to me and I would find it interesting to take on more projects like this, although I’m sure others might completely disagree.

    • Yes – gestural perspective drawings have a great appeal for me as well. There is an energy in all the searching lines of perspective. Giacommetti has it in his drawings of interiors – I love their vitality. And, Frank Gehry said that he wants his buildings to keep that energy in the final building that his initial drawings have. But, good luck on trying to do a perspective drawing of his buildings. Google his architecture and you’ll see what I mean.

  10. In the first video, I found out that three-dimensional lines are useful in drawing shadow. And it is also more useful to clearly show the three-dimensional object. The second video gives me a sense that art is super helpful with science. After drawing all the lines, the structure in head can easily be expressed in the graph. In the third video, the cartoons are really interesting with lots of work. All the work is done in three-dimensional version, it needs lot of imagination.,r:80,s:0,i:331&tx=77&ty=103

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