Thursday, September 29, 2005

redline 22


Blogger bustedacres said...

Paul, on a sketch like this, I'm guessing you're just "eyeballing" the perspective, right? As opposed to actually measuring out with a ruler, vanishing point, etc.

For purposes of the question--if you were drawing this same scene, but it was to be published, would you rely on the more precise, measured perspective or eyeball it?

My ruled perspective often looks fussy and fake (though "accurate") with my eyeballed stuff looking a little goofy but more natural and consistent with the rest of the drawing.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Yes, just eyeballing. Main goal is to just relax and have fun and see what emerges. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

I have a method though which helps, I'm careful which lines I place in which order. For example if there's a strong perspective in the picture then I place two key lines somewhere on either side of the picture as early as possible, that way I can "in-between" the other lines as I go, and have them end up fanning more or less consistently, at least enough to give a perspective effect.

If I was publishing this I'd probably clean up some of the sray lines where things get a bit too wonky, but I wouldn't go too far, because that's not really the style. A bit of wobliness is nice, it gives a lived-in feel. Of course if you get too much, then everything just looks...wobbly!

I'm not a believer in over-rulering, although I'm not against using a ruler here and there. It all depends on the style effect you want. Usually the reason rulered stuff goes wrong is still some basic mistakes like not sticking to a horizon line, and not modifying the perspective at all to accomodate the needs of the design.

4:53 PM  

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