Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Create > Surreal Interior in perspective

Create > Surreal Interior in perspective


Goal: Create a fantasy interior space using linear perspective and surrealist influences.

Studio Activity:
  1. Take a photo of an interior space from an interesting point of view.
  2. Follow the Rule of Thirds for layout and composition and then crop the image.
  3. Print the photo in black and white.
  4. Find the vanishing point(s) by lining up rulers with the lines in the room.
  5. Draw a few of these lines directly on your print in pen.
  6. Fantasize your space to trigger surreal, preposterous, outrageous, bizarre thoughts.  
    • Topple mental and sensory expectations.  
    • How far out can you extend your imagination?
  7. Think:  “What-if” thoughts. What if autos were made of brick?  What if alligators played pool?  What if insects grew larger than humans?  What if night and day occurred simultaneously?
  8. Quickly create a collage by gluing images from other photos, found in magazines, or online etc. to create a fantasy environment inside your interior space.
  9. Show strange and unreal imagery in the collage
  10. Use the collage as a guide to create a drawing.
  11. Sketch in pencil first, starting with the vanishing points and major parts of the room.
  12. Then add value ranges and shading using various pen & ink techniques.  

Trigger Mechanisms:  Fantasy, Space, Surrealism, Dreams

Materials: Photocopies, glue, pencil, pen

Art History:
Old Masters:
Rene Magritte >
New masters:
Watch > Destino (Dali & Disney) >
Examples of interior spaces and rooms by master surrealist artists.415773419_bfee0bb073_z415772248_00466e1b93_o

Visual Examples:

Examples that use hatching, cross-hatching, etc to create shading and a sense of depth.


Student examplesB-surreal_churchB-christian_surrealinteriorB-astronautxB_classroomKayleneDestiny_classroomSusana002Jackie02Brittney06Gail_classroomHai01Kim002B-contourderpdolphin

This isn’t easy and it takes a real understanding of how perspective works. First, you’ll need to figure out if your photo is in ONE OR TWO POINT perspective. I can help you with this, but the easiest way is to line up several rulers (or pencils or anything straight) along the horizontal receding lines in the photo, like the edge of the wall & ceiling. If they all line up with one point (which may be waaaaay off the edge of the paper), then it’s one point perspective. Or if they seem to be going in different directions, then it’s probably 2 point. BE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH YOU’RE DEALING WITH before you start your drawing!
Below are some 2-point interior perspective samples- also simple, no surreal stuff… Just basic images that will help show you how to tackle 2-point perspective!
Some of the earliest and finest examples interior spaces using linear perspective. These examples also show you HOW to find the vanishing points in a photograph.
Here you can see how the vanishing points were found on a photo by lining up two or three lines going the same direction. I often do this using two rulers.
If you’re doing 2-point it’s often best if your vanishing points are FAR away from each other, even beyond the edge of the paper. Feel free to put them on the drawing board. Just be sure they’re level by using a yardstick to make a horizon line.