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Why use a picture plane?

From: Foundations of Drawing

Video: Why use a picture plane?

So what I'm going to do is have a quick analysis of your upside down drawing. So every time I'm trying to draw a line So when you first do an upside-down drawing, So let's have a look at the picture plane and see

Why use a picture plane?

So what I'm going to do is have a quick analysis of your upside down drawing. You'll find on the first top section you did is usually very accurate. But as soon as you reveal a lower section, your left brain tries to tell you what it thinks it's seeing. So for this particular study it was those last two lines. Those were the two where my brain could start to see that there was a definitely a face there. So every time I'm trying to draw a line in this lower section, I'm fighting against my brain trying to tell me, that it thinks it knows what it is, it knows what a nose looks like.

It knows what a pair of lips looks like so it tries to help me out by guiding my line. So when you first do an upside-down drawing, concentrate on it and putting the paper down. I'm sure you'll get to an area where your head, you feel your head kind of moving to the side. You're always trying to look at it the right way up. It's really frustrating if you look at an upside-down image and can't work out what it is. And that is, in essence, what we're trying to do. You're trying to confuse and annoy the left-hand side of your brain, so it quietens off so you can just concentrate on the actual shapes.

And then, by drawing the shapes, because we've learned about shared edges, you can just draw the lines. This line's no different than this line here. But when you suddenly put them together, your brain makes sense, that this is an arm and this is a nose, and that's what amazing about drawing to me. About how one line looks like nothing, but you start to put a few together, all of the sudden it creates something in front of you. So now what we're going to be using is a picture plane. Now, a picture plane is just this.

It seems something on the shopping list that you might think well why do I need that? Why can't I just start with a pencil? Well, it could be so helpful, a picture plane, because what it does, it just creates an actual flat surface, a plane that you can just focus on for your drawings. What I'm doing in drawing, I'm imagining a plane in my mind's eye. So everything I draw is just on this one surface. And when you start to actually draw on to something, you can really bring in to focus.

How much you have to concentrate when you draw, not moving your head from side to side, just focusing on that one plane of view. When you're doing your drawing, if you shut one eye, it just gives you one lens of focus, and will really help to flatten out what you're looking at. So again, you're looking at a 3D subject, close one eye it makes it more 2D. And in your drawing, you can open both eyes again, and it will look a lot more 3D. It will feel again quite strange to start with.

Cause, you'll be trying to hold a picture plane. Hold it out, shutting one eye and drawing. So, you just have to go with the flow of it, and just see it as your training to becoming an artist. So let's have a look at the picture plane and see how effective it can be, to really hone in your drawing skills.

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