Wednesday, 17 April 2013
No. 1 Ladies Painting Club
I pulled out the classic text "Architectural Graphics" by Frank Ching and brushed up on the main concepts. I had taught myself how to do measured perspectives as a student and did many large hard-line presentation drawings of proposed buildings, bridges and their landscapes in the early years of my career. Now of course, with computer drafting programs, the detailed mechanics are unnecessary.
What I realized in preparing for the visit, is that even to draw a real urban scene, an understanding of the laws of perspective is extremely helpful. I call them laws, as they are as clear and relentless as gravity. Fairly simple once explained, but very frustrating to figure out on one's own. After all, it took artists and architects several hundred years to fully understand how to construct the perception of three dimensions on a flat plane.
It also served as a good reminder to lay in those imaginary rays to the vanishing points to structure my own drawings. One of my "Groundhog Day" pitfalls.