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07-16-2012, 04:05 PM
Here is my second attempt at the Lesson 3 house.


07-17-2012, 01:13 AM
To Amber Q; what a nice job on the coffee grinder. As has been pointed out by arnoud the trouble with the more specific and complex studies like these is getting the perspective right, I should know as I have stumbled through it for years! Nice drawing though!

So, on to my drawing of the cubic barn, grainery? I almost didn't want to post cause I drew this at a tilt but I think I managed to get the perspective in fairly well even though it is askew! I threw in a couple cows then thought about how hot it is in my area now and so threw in a couple trees for shade on the horizon line. Any ways here is my first drawing for class three, will be selecting a still, cubic object from house tomorrow to make a more finished drawing...one that isn't leaning like a tower in Pisa hopefully :angel:


07-17-2012, 05:50 AM
Nephrin - Good job :thumbsup:.
IMO this class is the most important of the "foundation" classes. In particular, I'd advise to sketch/draw from life. You can take simple objects, but not necessarily rectangular. Try to recognize "cubic" envelopes around many objects, ignoring the small details that can be added when the large shape is correctly sketched.

07-17-2012, 05:51 AM
Edward - Nice drawing :clap:.
Keep up the good work :thumbsup:.

07-21-2012, 04:06 PM
Hello everyone!

Finally I've found some free time to draw for the class.:clap: It was a difficult couple of weeks of study and exams...

So the first drawing is dices


And my self chosen image instead of silo is the Gastown steam clock. (It took almost one week to draw)
Definitely there's a lot of mistakes...:clear: well I checked perspective 3 or 4 times all was okay, but while I rendered it I could draw something out of right perspective (buildings for example, it's windows)
This was the first drawing I made with the environment (i guess this is the right word) usually I draw only the object and that's all, without any background...just scared to ruin everything :lol: silly, but true. It's looks a way better and interesting with it.


Arnoud please tell me what mistakes you see there, I'll re-do.
Have a wonderful day :thumbsup:

07-21-2012, 05:42 PM
Vladimir - Very nice work :clap::clap:.
There is one angle on the dice which is too sharp:


Your drawing of the steam clock is excellent :clap::clap:.
Please move on to class 4 :thumbsup:

07-23-2012, 06:58 PM
Wow LostinMemories, that is some really nice pencil work, I hope to get there myself someday soon :thumbsup:

So, I have just gotten around to some free time to draw myself and here is a bit of cubic natured things I had set up for still life study, am going to try to paint this sometime soon as well, as long as the teacher doesn't rash it in critique that is :D

Here is a tea jar and candle arnoud, I think I did about as good a job as I am able to on this one...had I worked a bit larger I might have done a bit better job with the values, don't know!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2012/1033622-cubic_objects.jpg

07-24-2012, 03:46 AM
Good job, Edward :clap:. Nice work, please move on to class 4 :thumbsup:.

07-24-2012, 07:16 AM
Changed the angle of the dice.


Thanks edwardII! You totally will, your shading a way better than mine, how you can work out the form and shape of object is kinda cool :thumbsup:

07-24-2012, 10:27 AM
:thumbsup: Vladimir.

07-24-2012, 02:28 PM
Thanks arnoud will be moving on to class 4.

To Vladimir; It had taken me quite a while to get a fair technique going with shading. It really wasn't until I decided to try painting with various mediums that I learned to draw the outlines very lightly and build up the values in shading. Since there are no outlines in real life it has definitely changed my drawing and artwork for the better.

07-27-2012, 02:14 AM
Arnoud, here is a drawing of a revolving picture holder from real life. It consists of cubes and spherical shapes.


I'll have to learn how to shade better too. Hopefully there is a class for that along the way :)

07-27-2012, 03:49 PM
Nephrin - Well done :clap:.
Yes, there is a class on shading, class 8 :). In the meantime I can give you some pointers:
-- a 3D object under lighting will not have the same shadow on all sides. That is more deeply studied in class 8, but working from life you can see the main effect when you selectively light one side.
-- outlines are an interpretation of the real world, typically used in drawings, etches, woodcuts. Drawings can also be rendered fully shaded, "value" drawing, what is - for want of a better term - often called "realistic" drawing. Some shading accents in a line drawing, or a few broken outlines in a value drawing can enrich it. But both continuous outline and full shades tend to annihilate each other. Very soon it looks like a children coloring book.
Keep up the good work :thumbsup:.

08-02-2012, 02:17 AM
A couple more drawings here. I've been working on shading.



08-02-2012, 02:41 PM
Nephrin - Well done in general. Your shading is already much improved :clap:.
The table's perspective is correct but don't forget the general picture. Two points:
1. the legs look as if made from strips of hardboard
2. where did your carpenter fix the left back leg ? :lol:

You managed well in this class, please move on to class 4 :thumbsup:.

08-02-2012, 06:42 PM
Arnoud, I knew something looked off! I'll remember to add volume next time :o . And I'll keep in mind that if I do a table, the back legs need to be at the same level just like the front legs are. My carpenter will hear about this! :lol:

As long as I'm learning, I don't mind staying on lessons for awhile. It's important to get the concepts down, especially since I'm relatively new to drawing.

That said, moving onto lesson 4! :thumbsup:

08-04-2012, 01:02 PM
Here's a tower and the big boxy thing. I'm going to do the dice too. I bit off more than I could chew with the tower. I love detail, just not this much detail! I end up drafting instead of drawing.


08-04-2012, 01:56 PM
Here are my dice.


08-04-2012, 04:08 PM
Megan - Very well done :clap:.
One remark, "further away looks smaller", well - at least not bigger.

It is about developing a gut feeling for the correct 3D forms. It comes easier when drawing from life :thumbsup:.
You did very well in this class, please move on to class 4 :music:.

08-16-2012, 03:03 PM
Here is my first attempt.:crossfingers:

08-16-2012, 03:43 PM
A good start, Mona :clap:.
The perspective is correct, and still something doesn't look right, does it ?
The ridge of a gable roof is in the center of the side walls. The center of a rectangle - whether straight on or in perspective - is found by the intersection of the diagonals:
In a sense, this is again the general principle: further away looks smaller. The back "half" is further away than the front one :).

08-16-2012, 04:02 PM
Thanks Arnoud.
Here is it redone .

08-16-2012, 05:47 PM
Well done, Mona :clap:.
Please move on to class 4 :thumbsup:.

08-20-2012, 08:25 PM
Hi Arnoud,

See my mine for class 3. I found it really hard to get used to using the tracing paper but it it looks to be a valuable tool. I found the copy did not look as accurate as the original but I'm sure that it just takes practice.


08-21-2012, 05:34 AM
Well done, Michael :clap:.

08-21-2012, 01:01 PM
thanks for looking Arnoud, do I need to do more for this class?

08-21-2012, 01:55 PM
assignment for class 3.. i must tell these dices r really devil.. :D

08-21-2012, 04:41 PM
thanks for looking Arnoud, do I need to do more for this class?
It is clear that you understand the cubic forms very well, so please move on to class 4 :thumbsup:.

08-21-2012, 04:43 PM
You're very dedicated, Pratya :clap:.
After such an effort, I'm inviting you to move on to class 4 :thumbsup:.

08-21-2012, 10:18 PM
thnx Arnoud.. :)
see u in class 4.... :D

08-22-2012, 06:41 AM
It is clear that you understand the cubic forms very well, so please move on to class 4 :thumbsup:.

Thanks Arnoud, see you there,