Drawing Boot Camp – Proportion and Perspective – Day Two

Last week, we started our two-day Drawing Boot Camp and it concluded yesterday. We used the yellow, red and blue Prismacolor pencils again for almost all of our drawing exercises. We continued to work on proportion and ellipses and to follow the guidelines from my Drawing Checklist. Our subject matter was quite varied; everything from fruit to bowls, bottles and books. The drawing exercises were short and focused.

Two books, one on top of the other, can be surprisingly tricky. Especially, when you don’t have much time. We tackled this and related subjects after a morning lecture/demonstration on two point perspective.

At the end of the day, we switched to 2B graphite pencils. This still-life of bottles and jars was a fifteen minute exercise. One of our goals was to place the entire group on the sheet without running off the edges or ending up with an extremely small drawing with too much empty space surrounding it.

It was definitely a Boot Camp. We did a lot of drawing and everyone was tired at the end of the day. Including me. I enjoyed it very much, though. I don’t teach drawing as much as I used to in the past.

Over the years, I taught courses such as Beginner Drawing, Object Drawing, Life Drawing, Drawing into Painting and Pen and Ink Drawing at many venues including Sheridan College, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Dundas Valley School of Art and Continuing Education at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Helping students to gain confidence and pleasure from drawing is a very satisfying pursuit.

Thanks for your recent comments about the Boot Camp. I wish you could have been here!


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2 Responses to “Drawing Boot Camp – Proportion and Perspective – Day Two”

  1. Scott Cooper Says:

    Good stuff. Keep those measuring arms straight, now…

  2. northpenninegallery Says:

    I did a micro teach on two point perspective recently. Went down really well. I’d be interested to learn how you taught the first session of your class.

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