VA 113 INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING
Welcome to Week 4! In Module 3, "What is Original and Authentic" we questioned the myth of the artist-god (the artist as magical genius)and opened up a conversation around the value of art as a process. For many, letting go of the idea of originality means that more options (not fewer) become available to you as an artist. Guy Treflur, we saw, was able to create something quite compelling, fresh and innovative once he let go of a quest for pure originality.
We learned about the camera obscura (a precursor to the modern camera)and the Dutch Genre painter Vermeer. Some of you experimented with building a camera obscura of your own. All of you toyed with tracing existing elements in the world, yet what you ended up with was something completely novel and unpredictable.
Module 4 is called "Perspective Drawing," and chances are, you will either love this module or hate it! Either way, learning perspective drawing is a useful skill that will inevitably come in handy in your future work. Are you an intuitive artist or a technical artist? If you aren't sure, this lesson will help you find out. Few are comfortable working both intuitively and technically, and if that is you - congratulations! You are a rare artist.
Linear or Point projection perspective is a mathematical technique for creating the illusion of architectural depth in human-built (common use) and natural environments (less common use). It is not, generally, particularly accurate to the source (subject-matter) when working from life, which is why intuitive types that thrive at intuitively reproducing what the eye sees may find it frustrating or confusing. Linear perspective is a mathematically sound drawing, and therefore, it will feel realistic for the viewer. The technique is very helpful for those who want to create invented or fantastical spaces that feel grounded in the real and also for those who want to project spaces that do not yet exist (like an architect or designer might). Understanding the general rules of linear perspective can often help an artist problem-solve tricky sections of a work that may not feel quite right.
School of Creative Arts
University of the Fraser Valley
Module 4 Tasks
Read: "Linear Perspective" Lecture(LINK)
Watch: Demo (link)
Do: Exercise #4 (E4)(link)
Read: "The Critique" Lecture(LINK)
Do: Module 4 Forum Post (LINK)