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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Complex perspective drawing

Okay, kicking it up a notch. This week, our homework assignment in drawing class is to draw a set of stairs in three-point perspective, both looking up from an ant's eye view, to looking down, a bird's eye view. Once we get both drawings done correctly, we are going to join them together into one composition.
Three-point perspective means that not only do the lines of convergence go back into the picture plane, but also up (or down) with the inclined plane of the stairs. Complicated, yes, but actually a fun challenge to figure out. Our teacher is calling is an Escher project.
I am drawing the ladder stairway that goes up into the loft in our cottage/studio. The ladder stairway has indented steps, like a ship's ladder I believe, to allow it to be very steep, yet your knee does not bump into the step above. You climb it and descend like regular stairs, but you must start with the right foot, and hold onto the stair rails. It works very well. And it is so very beautiful. Our house designer builder, Etienne de Villiers, designed and built the ladder stairway twenty years ago, from beautiful red cedar, and I think of it as functional sculpture.

Sketchbook work. Lots and lots of sighting, and measuring and using the calculator - whew!

Here is the beautiful stairway heading up into the loft.


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