Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides

Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides

Author:Juliette Aristides [Aristides, Juliette]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0837-7
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Published: 2011-11-14T16:00:00+00:00

Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, Standing Female Nude (detail), circa 1810, black chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper, 245⁄8 x 16½ inches, The British Museum

Photo Credit: HIP / Art Resource, NY



The Third Dimension

“The long and painful interaction between ideal form remembered and natural appearances observed is the foundation of all great drawings, from Michelangelo to Degas.” — KENNETH CLARK (from The Nude)

In the previous chapter we looked at the ability of value to create pattern and mood separate from pictorial representation. We followed the tetraktys from the creation of a point, line, and plane. Now we will finish the pyramid with a discussion of the third dimension and how light and dark generate illusion of volume. This chapter focuses on the characteristics of form—its philosophical undercurrent and how to manifest it in drawing. The creation of form is linked to an objective reality and deeply rooted to observed nature. Joseph Conrad said that “there is not a palace of splendor or a dark corner of the earth that does not deserve, if only, a passing glance of wonder and pity.” Turning form is the domain of this passing glance, capturing the transitory but actual existence of each place or living creature or thing.


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