Exercise 1: Parallel Perspective
This might seem an odd view to select, but the set of angles and lines created by the view was interesting, and using the sad step as the rectangular item just seemed to fit the theme.
In terms of process I tried to draw the scene completely without a ruler in the first image. I then over-drew the image in ink, fixing some of the line positions as I went along. The most noticeable modification is the angles of the door, in particular the gap between the bottom of the door and the linen basket has changed significantly.
I didn’t change the image fundamentally. In particular, I realised that the image should show part of the ceiling. I decided that this would have been too much of a change to fix between the two versions of the drawing. The exercise notes poses the question as to whether the use of a ruler helped. The answer has to be “it depends” for me. The ruler helps with accuracy, if that is what I’m after. The lines are actually straight, and the vanishing point is much more accurate. As a tool, therefore, it is clearly useful.
The secondary question, however, is whether the second drawing is actually “better” than the first? It is (clearly) more accurate to linear perspective, but I’m not convinced that has made it fundamentally better in itself.
Exercise 2: Angular Perspective
I selected this view because it had so many parallel lines to experiment with. For this it was eyeballed only:
To consider the application of linear perspective I dropped a photo of the image into a drawing program, and extended the different parallel lines out:
I found it interesting that the red lines are much nearer to coming together than the yellow ones. This is one of the times where re-drawing the image using a ruler throughout (a la Foundation drawing exercises) might actually produce a drawing that is visually better than this less formal approach. For the moment, however, I’ve decided to move on.
Exercise 3: Atmospheric perspective
I chose this view because I thought it showed the concept of atmospheric perspective in a slightly unusual context.
The view was a slightly misty day looking East from London Blackfriars area. There is the Millennium Bridge in the foreground, with The Shard to the right and the London skyline diminishing into the distance.
What works? I think the view shows the idea of atmospheric perspective fairly effectively. I feel the overall composition is interesting, though in a finished drawing I’d want to consider the elements in more detail.
What doesn’t? Some of the buildings aren’t projected well, and the river foreshore needs more interesting areas. In a finished drawing the river could also do with more interest adding.
What would I do differently next time? I used an HB pencil throughout. Possibly another medium or range of pencil grades would help. In a finished piece more careful consideration of overall layout might be worthwhile.
What to take forwards? The approaches for representing depth other than by linear perspective are interesting. It is definitely worthy of future experiments.