Art 3 – 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.

Remember to bring your picture in from your home from a 2 pt viewpoint.


3 responses »

  1. First video:
    I liked seeing the artist shade the cube. I usually forget that you can use a somewhat scientific process to art, and that video reminded me of it. He was very strategic about shading because he could tell where the light reflected.

    Second video:
    This video even more so reminded me that art is a like a math or science. That was a very structured video. The artist drew a grid and circle and lined everything up geometrically. I thought it was a really cool, quick video.

    Third video:
    This was my favorite video. It combined the geometric aspects and the aesthetic aspects of a perspective piece. First it would show the completed drawing and then the work that went behind it. I liked seeing the work behind it because, again, it showed that there was a process behind the art.

    The website was the most mathematical of everything! Crazy to see all these shapes that I see everyday and look at the process behind making them. Like stairs for example. Stairs are incredibly complicated (I would know from last year…) I really liked the sections on transparency and contour lines.

  2. I didn’t think any of the videos were extremely helpful. The first one started and I didn’t really know what was going on, I think it was a part 2 because he said “let’s continue…” The stuff he said about the reflecting sunlight was interesting though. The second video was confusing; they made it really fast, I know it’s a speed drawing but I still didn’t know what they were doing at all and it would have been nice if they had explained what the circle and all the lines at the beginning and throughout were and how they helped create perspective. They didn’t finish it either so I was confused as to what the outcome actually was; a building? a bedroom? a subway? meesa confused.
    I thought the third one was the best out of the three. Showing three or four stages before the final piece was helpful to envisioning the process and didn’t make it seem as hard as the other ones looked. “Tina” also showed a lot of variety in types of perspective, with people reclining in chairs as well as landscapes. Hah, I also liked that she put some pictures from comics in there.
    So for the website, showing the different stages was really helpful. I liked the idea of drawing things “transparent” and pretending you can see through every object so that it will “give you a better understanding of how the form sits in space.”

  3. The first video was very interesting. Usually I just draw in shadows without really thinking about it, but this showed me how much there really was to think about. It was so exacting, and the diagram was so intricate (“here’s where the light hits the ground and bounces off back onto the cube, and here’s where the refraction occurs, and….”). It’s like math, and I should probably put myself in that mindset when I draw shadows.

    …And here I thought the first video was mathematical. The second video reinforced what I already knew about perspective (but made it seem a lot more complicated!). I remember drawing a room with that technique in art 2, where you start with a square in the center, and then you draw lines, and the lines show where the walls are, etc.

    First, I must say that I loved the subject matter of the artwork in video three! It was fantastical! I think I liked this video the best. Although it didn’t really show how to do any of what was featured in it, it gave the best examples. And the perspective wasn’t simple, like in videos 1 and 2. I mean, it wasn’t just looking straight into a room or at a small cube. There were odd angles and interesting viewpoints. So, although it was the least mathematical of the three, I think it presented the most complex images.

    The website was very useful. Some of the stuff it said rang a bell (e.g. “horizontal line” and “sighting”). I particularly liked the “how to draw an ellipse” demonstration because it showed me exactly what “horizontal line” means, and I’ve always been slightly confused about that.

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