Perspective in a Pumpkin

Remember Cezanne's three basic shapes?

  1. Square
  2. Triangle
  3. Circle

When we add a 3rd dimension (depth) to these shapes we get:

  1. Cube
  2. Cone
  3. Sphere

This video shows us how to realistically place eyes and a mouth on a pumpkin, and rotate it in any direction.

Perspective tricks that work: Spheres and pumpkins
Perspective tricks that work: Spheres and pumpkins

A fantastic video from the master of perspective - Marshall Vandruff. This is the guy I talk about in most classes who teaches perspective with chalk and a blackboard.

Sketching Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

This is one of my sketches from a Van Gogh Sunflowers session.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

"Sunflowers ?? !! ?? ", I hear you exclaim!

Here is the sketch and the original Van Gogh.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Aha! Hopefully you are saying "aha!" about now.

Can you see that it is an abstract version of the painting? All good painting and drawing is based on abstraction. Our brain interprets the world via abstractions.

So this is a compositional sketch. I am looking for:

  1. The big shapes
  2. The relationship between those shapes
  3. The rhythms

This process is explained in my book: How to Sketch Shapes.

How to Sketch Shapes - by Peter Inglis

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Inglis Code #874

As you paint, your palette should develop colours according to this graph.

The Inglis Colour Palette - organised after the Chevreaux colour wheel - Image © 2017 Peter Inglis

We use the 3 properties of colour to define and mix them: 1. Hue. 2. Tone. 3. Chroma.

Put the high chroma colours (straight from the tube) on the outside.

As we mix colours, the chroma decreases and we move toward the centre.

Musical style, with S-T-Y-L-E !

I talk about 'style' in each lesson as we study Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, who all have very distinctive styles.

In this video Nahre Sol plays 'Mary had a little lamb' in the styles of about a dozen great composers.

There are plenty of labels and visual cues to help you follow the ideas. Enjoy!

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The video is played by Nahre Sol (Alice Gi-Young Hwang), a young pianist and composer. She likes to combine improvisation with traditional Western form and harmony. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2013 at The Juilliard School and did further composition study in Paris.

Please give her video a 'like'!