wk 12: final exam comments

Hello class,

A few general comments on the final exam.

  • Pretty much everyone has the basics of one and two-point perspective.  Some people got stuck on  the questions,’can you have a two-point perspective table in a one-point perspective room?’. The answer is yes. Good thinking to the students who sketched the table in question one.
  • The questions on the figure were the most difficult for a lot of students. The four landmarks of the face when breaking it down into thirds are, hairline, brow line, at the nose and chin.  I also accepted top of the head for hairline.
  • The order is brow, hair, nose and chin for marking the planes of the face but I accepted any order as long as it was clear the face was being broken into the correct thirds and was marked correctly on the sphere.  Many of you were unable to indicate the thirds correctly onto the basic form of the head.
  • For the drawing of the mannequin figure, a large number of students still put the half way point of the body around the waist instead of at the crotch.  The hands go to mid-point on your thigh and not your middle.
  • I was very flexible on the angle of the torso and hips as long it is was in the correct axis, the angle just had to be close.

good work



wk:12 drawing the figure from life

Hello class,

Drawing from life is challenging, I know that one session is not enough to learn life drawing but I hope you enjoyed the experience.  SFU has a life drawing club  http://go.sfss.ca/clubs/76/info, I would encourage you to join. I hear it is a very nonjudgmental group.  For your journal, almost all types of drawing traditionally include figure.  Consider how the figure works within your topic such as scale figures for architecture or ergonomic figures to demonstrate

Wk7: practice drawing the figure

Hello class,

Many of you took the human figure as your subject. To really understand the human figure you must practice figure drawing. This is the art of drawing the nude figure from life. As attending figure drawing sessions is often not possible, I use the croquis cafe YouTube life drawing sessions. They also have very good short tutorials on specific topics like how to draw feet. I cast to my TV so I have a reasonably large image to work from, and voila my own figure drawing session in my living room.

Search croquis cafe to find figure drawing sessions recorded in real time.

Not all art uses linear perspective to achieve depth

Hello class

Linear perspective is only one way to organize space on a pictorial surface.  We tend to think of it as synonymous with reality, as it works in the same way as a picture camera. However, Japanese prints, such as in the  Ukiyo-e style used a completely different system to organize space (and we have no trouble seeing objects as nearer or farther from the picture plane).

Follow article is a good introduction to how space is organized in Japanese prints, many of the depth cues we have learnt in class were used to achieve this look

Space – The Final Frontier: The Problem of Depth in Japanese Prints.