Here’s a painting that was started a little while ago for a few friends of mine as a gift. Unfortunately it had to put it aside temporarily so I could focus on some other projects.
I could probably could have just finished it off quickly but I was having trouble getting a likeness for the last missing portrait and felt like I was overworking it.
Since it wasn’t crucial that I finish it right away I thought it’d be best to take a break from it and come back at it with fresh eyes.
I’ve been taking some perspective drawing classes over the past few weeks in an attempt to refresh my understanding of it. I’ve always had a basic working knowledge of 1, 2, and 3 point perspective drawing but I thought it would help if I learned some more technical approaches.
In our earlier classes we focused on constructing ellipses and staircases. This naturally led right into the construction of spiral staircases!
The staircases above were drawn using a more technical method where you locate the vanishing points for each step individually as they turn in perspective.
The 2 drawings below were done using a more of a ‘freehand approach’. Basically the steps are all eyeballed in after plotting out an inclined plane that wraps around cylinder.
This is supposed to be a quicker method (and probably is with practice) but I found that it took me just as long to draw these as the more technical way and they feel a little wonky to me. You have to eyeball the depth of each step as they turn away from you and it can take some trial and error to make it look correct.
I guess that in a situation where the stairs aren’t the focal point of a composition and you don’t want to spend too much time working on them that this method is the way to go.
As we got more comfortable drawing generic staircases from our imagination I thought it might be interesting to try and animate one turning. So I animated this little 3 drawing cycle.
I’ve never animated a run cycle up a flight of stairs before so I might try to come up with an excuse to do it sometime.
We’ve just started into the Cylindrical-Curvilinear Perspective lessons during the last couple of classes so if you enjoy all this brain melting technical stuff as much as I do then stay tuned! I should have some more stuff to post after the long weekend. Happy Canada Day!!
Here are a few more studies from my life drawing class. Most were done in about 20 min. It’s becoming less of a struggle now that I’m drawing more often but I’ve still got a lot of bad drawings that I need to let out.
I’ve also been taking a class on Linear, and Curvelinear perspective so I plan on posting some of the exercises I’ve been doing in the next day or so.