Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Durer's viewpoint from Betty Edwards Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

The Bread makers by Brenda. Woman's face is an IE of foreshortening.
(apologies for the poor quality photo!)

A way to portray foreshortening on a 2-dimensional surface so that they appear to project from or recede behind a flat surface; a means of creating the illusion of spatial depth in figures or forms. (Betty Edwards)

Foreshortening became very commonplace during the Italian Renaissance and Northern (European) Renaissance. Albrecht Durer used a device called a viewpoint in which he looked at the model through a wire grid. This helped him simplify the information he was seeing and draw it 'square by square'. A key point here is for the artist to draw what he is seeing and not what he thinks a knee or hand looks like but to trust what is appearing in each grid square and draw that.

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