Several years ago, I had the honor of auditing a drawing class here at Wheaton. One of the most difficult assignments for me, even as an artist, was the perspective drawing.
At its core, the assignment requires students to keenly focus on the details of the subject matter directly in front of them and draw things as they really are versus how they seem to be. The goal is to capture the multiple dimensions.
It takes an exhausting amount of concentration and work. During the assignment, I wanted to rely on what I already knew about the subject in front of me rather than taking so much time to truly look at it and see it. I remember thinking that it would be so much easier to just draw from the imagination. But would that reflect the reality of what was before me? Not likely. [Read more...]