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  • Writer's pictureSimon Faiers

Perspective and other bits

One of the students at school has - rather unexpectedly - become very interested in perspective drawing and has been asking for help with making his pictures look convincingly three-dimensional. I've been drawing upon my graphical communication lessons of decades ago to show him how to draw horizon lines and vanishing points and connect corners of streets and buildings to them. I also showed him how to add shadows in perspective, but did it all wrong (forgetting that the vanishing point for the shadows is not the same as the light source).

By a curious coincidence, a friend recommended an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects covering perspective drawing from the Renaissance to the present day. I went along on Tuesday and it was worth seeing:

As a bonus they gave out booklets with a lesson on basic perspective drawing so I had something to pass on to my student (keeping another copy of the booklet for myself).

This aside, most of my focus this week has been on producing new background images for my Dungeons & Dragons-themed "zones of regulation" chart. I already have this resource at school with fantasy backdrops representing the yellow, green, red and blue zones (The Mists of Fear, The Elven Forest, The Land of Flame and The River of Sorrow, respectively) but I've used existing pictures swiped from Google, which is no good if I want to upload the resource to TeachersPayTeachers or similar websites. Likewise, I want to upload my "full body listening" poster, but have had to modify it to make it less obviously indebted to the "Listening Larry" poster that I based it on.

The backdrops are currently in progress using Bryce and Poser and it's quite nice to flex my 3D muscles again.

The pictures are up in Croydon Clocktower; Exhibition 2 is definitely under way. The prints that I ordered from DStudio didn't turn up until the Friday morning (the pictures were meant to go up on Friday afternoon) but most of them were so dark that they couldn't be used. This is probably a result of me overcompensating for my excessively bright computer display (as mentioned in a previous post). In the end I put up the originals of the watercolours in the hope that nothing horrible will happen to them while they're on view to the public.

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