25 Days to Better Drawings – Day Nineteen – Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping

25 Days to Better Drawings: Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping

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25 Days to Better Drawings – Day Nineteen – Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping — 4 Comments

  1. Although I have learned this many times in different ways, I still have found that I can be confused with the 3 techniques and how they work together. Your teaching of this concept is scaffolded in a way that makes sense, with each instruction building on the next. I now feel like I can refer to this structure and have a firm grasp of these methods. Thank you!

  2. I found this quite confusing. I understand about the relative measurements – so deciding what the height of the vase is going to be in the drawing, and working out how wide it needs to be based on that. Where you lose me is where you get to the ball. You measure to see that it’s the same height and width, and that’s fine. Then you say ‘we’ll start with the measurement of height, and working down from the line that we just drew, we can find the bottom portion of the ball’. But I don’t understand how you get to that measurement. You don’t seem to be comparing it to anything in the rest of the drawing anymore (e.g. width or height of the vase), so is it somehow the absolute measurement that you get from sighting along the pencil? And if so, how do you make sure that’s in proportion with the rest of the drawing?

    • Hi Ashild,

      There are two ways you find the measurement for the ball. The first is to compare the height of the ball with how far down it extends below the bottom of the vase. The second requires the photo reference to be the same size as the drawing. If this is the case, then you can find the ball’s height by comparing it to the photo reference. Sometimes, you’ll have subjects that are easily compared and mapping is easy. Other times, you won’t find any suitable sections to compare. This is why this approach is helpful, but not an exact science.

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