Part 4 Project 2 ex 2 Research point

Try lounging on a couch with a mirror facing you from the foot end, then draw your body as you see it in the mirror. Your feet will be huge in comparison with the rest of your body. This effect is called foreshortening. Can you find any images where the artist has used foreshortening to create a particular effect?

B8 pencil in a A5 cartridge sketchbook

B8 pencil in a A5 cartridge sketchbook

I do not have a couch with a suitable mirror for this exercise to draw myself.  Instead I sketched my husband lying in bed while I sat on the floor at the foot of the bed.  Yes his feet are big because they are nearest to me.  His right hand is also bigger than his left because it is closer to me too.

Foreshortening creates an illusion of depth and space.  It is a technique used by many artists since the time of Italian Renaissance.  These days cartoons and animations use a lot of foreshortening characteristics in creation of dramatic action scenes.

Michelangelo’s paintings of the Sistine Chapel ceiling are excellent masterpieces of foreshortening.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí in 1951 is another fine exemplar. The picture is belong to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow thumbnail of the picture can be seen here.  Of course we can’t miss Dali’s own Sistine Chapel ceiling at the Dali Theatre Museum.  The following picture is taken by Ian in 2014.

Dali's Sistine Chapel ceiling at Dali Theatre Museum by IK Haythornthwaite

Dali’s Sistine Chapel ceiling at Dali Theatre Museum by IK Haythornthwaite

 

 

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