Exercise: Angular perspective

Corner of our house (watercolour pencils)

Corner of our house (watercolour pencils)

I realise now that this picture of the corner of our house drawn with watercolour pencils should have been a line drawing… On reflection it seems a bit daft to have gone to the trouble of ‘colouring it in’ before double checking that the perspective was correct as this was the point of the exercise.

I knew when I had finished the picture that it wasn’t quite right around the windows on the side elevation… but I had mark up the receding lines (see below) before I could establish exactly what the problem was

 

 

Marked up with eye level and vanishing lines which enabled me to see that the angles of the side elevation windows are not correct.

Marked up with eye level and vanishing lines which enabled me to see that the angles of the side elevation windows are not correct.

On drawing the house I had simply lined up the two windows at the same angles above and below each other and now I realise that each of the windows have their own unique angles and vanishing point. This has been a really useful exercise as I had not fully understood the concept eye level and vanishing point before.

I’m reasonably pleased with how the front elevation of the house has turned out, which I thought would be the more difficult aspect. It seems that the more subtle angles are most likely to trip me up!

For comparison, photograph with receding lines and eye level marked

For comparison, photograph with receding lines and eye level marked

 

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