August 1, 2009

Perspective & Set

First couple of images were for an arch. communications class. We used a pretty interesting way to set this up called the "Office Method" using a 30/degree triangle (30 because, 30 is our actual cone of vision), and plotting all the usual points (TH,RVP,LVP, SP) and going on from there. One of the interesting things my arch prof said (when questioned about vanishing points, parallel lines, and cones of vision):

I swear to you, the only reason you guys see anything is because of light.

This really struck a chord now that everyday I am convinced more and more that any piece without taking lighting into considerations, be it an sculpture, a painting, and especially architecture, is not doing justice to itself; it can be significantly better (I think).

The other stuff is an architectural set done for another class. Many hours into that and it did teach me a couple of things regarding the reality of structures such as set backs, zoning, walls, material, aesthetic in different areas of the house and how it relays an emotion a feeling, how different passages and doors and windows set the mood for an area and bunch more.

Which, I find important especially now that I've started flipping through this book, The Skillful Huntsman , that goes over the importance of being able to settle you creations and environments in reality, because if it's too fantastic, it will lose all credibility and no one will accept it. the same thing Da Vinci mentioned in one of his notebooks:

You know that you cannot invent animals without limbs, each of which, in itself, must resemble those of some other animal. Hence if you wish to make an animal, imagined by you, appear natural - let us say a Dragon - take for its head that of a mastiff or hound, with the eyes of a cat, the ears of a porcupine, the nose of a greyhound, the brow of a lion, the temples of an old cock, the neck of water tortoise.

Looking at his dragon sketch - it's awesome.

Yes, I still am kinda put off by architecture, mostly because it takes up time from drawing/painting, etc., is damn interesting.

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