Sketching Your Point of View
Find out how to draw what you see confidently with video lessons from Urban Sketchers correspondent Paul Heaston. You'll start by discovering how to simplify cluttered spaces so they're easier to sketch, as well as how to add dimension to your work with value. Next, take the frustration out of foreshortening as Paul helps you apply this concept to give your sketches a more realistic sense of space. He'll also show you how to maintain consistent scale and proportions as you sketch. Perspective can seem perplexing, but Paul will refresh your understanding of both one- and two-point perspective techniques before teaching you to capture them intuitively. From there, you'll discover how space curves as it recedes so you can sketch scenes as they truly appear. Paul will even help you apply the techniques you've learned to create a wide-angle sketch of an interior space.
Paul Heaston received his MFA in painting from Montana State University. He's also a correspondent for Urbansketchers.org, an internationally recognized website that showcases visual journalism. You can find some of Paul's work on his sketch blog, Three Letter Word for Art. Paul has been teaching college-level drawing and painting since 2005.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Paul Heaston and get started sketching your point of view. To begin, you'll learn to look for scenes instead of objects. Then, find out how to simplify the scene when drawing cluttered spaces. Paul will also help you differentiate between sketching and illustrating, so you can draw what you see instead of what you think you see.
Learn how value allows you to ground the objects you're sketching, as well as help you bring further context and dimension to your scene. Before moving on, Paul will give you tips for adding value to complicated scenes with multiple objects and textures.
Don't get frustrated by foreshortening; find out how to apply it to achieve a more realistic sense of space. You'll also explore how to use an anchor point to set up the scale for a larger scene. Finally, Paul will show you how to work from the foreground to the background to achieve realistic proportions while sketching a busy scene.
Get a refresher on using perspective in your work, without being overly precise. Paul will make both one-point and two-point perspective more intuitive, before he helps you draw a busy interior space using two-point perspective.
Paul helps you see and capture the curvature of space. Along the way, you'll sketch a curved street scene and get tips for capturing the information included in a busy location.
Finally, you'll find out how to apply everything you've learned to capture a wide-angle view of an interior space.