Archive for May 18th, 2008

Today I will continue about how to mark out your canvas using vectors in a continuation from my post from last week.

In the image on the right, you can see what the picture I showed yesterday looks like after I mark it out. This is a scan of my hard copy of the picture after drawing compositional vector lines on it.

Looks a bit of mess doesn’t it? So lets look at this a bit more analytically. what I will do is take the lines one-by-one or group-by-group and explain where they are coming from and why.




In this first image you see on the left, I have drawn in the lines eminating from the disappearing point of the river on the top left. These eminate in a radial manner and show the concentration of the focus to this point. Note that what I have drawn in are the border lines of major objects that all link back to this point – the banks of the river and the tops and bottoms of the trees.



Now we will go on to the next set of line I saw here – the parallels. These are again the borders of major objects, but in this case they do not eminate from any single point, but run in parallels. In this picture they run very nicely in a kind of ladder that takes us from the bottom of the picture to the top bordering the foreground bit of the river and the trees on the far bank and those up the hill.



Finally I look for the verticals. The verticals are not necessarily borders but are often run along axes of objects and link the tips of things. Here we see then marking the axes of the prominent trees. the third line (counting from the left) follows the borders of the bottom left and top right trees while passing through a tree axis on the far bank on the way.




My next stage from marking out the lines on the reference image is to transfer this to the canvas. This I do by measuring out the line poisitions and then I mark in charcoal. Next stage is blocking in the objects, but that will wait for the next post.

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