Perspective Challenge

The Tacoma Sketchers Wednesday outing for July was held at the Annie Wright Schools.    Jean, one of our members, teaches there and arranged for us to have access.

After a tour of the school, I decided I would attempt the perspective challenge offered by this view of the cloisters.  I really loved the Tudor beauty of the building.  I also really love
cloister walks and gardens.

This is the most difficult perspective view I’ve ever attempted.  I nearly gave up during the pencil drawing.  But I persevered and got it mostly right.  There is a bit of wonky-ness but I’m pleased overall.  I did need the help of my perspective tool as I didn’t quite believe what I saw.  As Stephanie Bower said in her perspective workshop, “don’t believe your eye”.

While sketching, a group of middle school aged children arrived with their teacher, “Dr. Wizard,” and carrying TREBUCHETS!!!  How wonderful.  I got a close up view of the good Doctor’s expert teaching on how to fine tune the aim of these small weapons.  Apparently, there will be a contest on Friday, scoring for accuracy and distance.   The young girls closest to me were doing very well in accuracy.

The front facade of this beautiful school.  It seems mainly in the Tudor style but Hogwarts also comes to mind!

Sharing sketches and group photo


Many more photos here, including outside and inside the school


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to Perspective Challenge

  1. JOAN says:

    Perspective tool? I’m eager to find out what this tool is and where you bought it. Perspective is my Waterloo. Have you checked out Liz Steel’s perspective tutorial on her blog? No rules! Pretty good advice on 2 point perspective.

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