Tuesday, January 29, 2008

EDM 155 - Draw some stairs


I freely confess that I procrastinated on this challenge. Given my difficulties with getting perspective and lines drawn correctly, I thought this would be a very difficult, frustrating challenge. And so I dithered a bit about what stairs to draw, how to approach it, what angle to use. In the end, it turned out to be not as difficult as I had thought. I have been paying a lot of attention to lines and angles and vanishing points (I feel a bit silly holding my pencil up and squinting like I was a "real artist" or something, but that trick really does work!) Be assured that this is not my first draft of these stairs, it is my third. But the first one was not as far off the mark as it usually is, and it took less correction to get it to look acceptable. Some improvement is happening, and I'm even starting to feel less frustration and more confidence when it comes to this kind of drawing. It's all in the practice (and maybe some in that pencil trick). I think the angle of the steps is still a bit too steep, it looks like they slope down toward the right, but not nearly to the extent that some previous efforts have shown. So I'm happy with this mostly because I learned a lot from it.

9 comments:

Linda T said...

Nice job! I can almost feel the carpet under my feet. Here's a constructive tip: make all your verticals straight up and down.

Ann said...

It looks good to me! Drawing perspective is difficult for me too. You did a great job :)

Kristine said...

Compositionally, its awesome! Stairs are usually drawn the same old boring way. ;) Yours certainly aren't. Love it!

Desiree said...

great job, your alterego is doing a wonderful job and we do want to see your paintings!

PamYla said...

I love your stairs, the color is very rich and inviting!

Nature and Me said...

Well done - the carpet is so true to life.

Emma Pod said...

I like your stairs! The colors are really nice. And I know what you mean about making several attempts in order to get something right. You did a great job!

Wendy said...

This drawing is really great. I love the drama created by the strong green against the white. I think it would be terrific painted on a BIG canvas.

Sandy said...

OMG Okay...when did you visit my sister up in Grover Beach, California. These are her stairs...haha...same color, tile floor...hand rail...

good job.

I like your blog!

sandy