Chap05shape and form

Depth your eyes and brain work together to enable you

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Unformatted text preview: depth. Each eye sees an object from a slightly different angle. The brain merges these two separate and slightly different views into one, creating a three-dimensional image. To see how this works try the following experiment. Close your right eye. Point to a specific spot in the room. Without moving your pointing finger, open your right eye and close your left Shape and eye. It will appear that you have Point of View moved your finger, even though you know you have not. Creating Visual Solutions Using Direct Observation. Look through magazines for three or more different views of one type of object. Look for TV The shapes and forms you see sets, sofas, spoons, toasters, cars, or depend on your point of view. shoes. Cut out the objects and mount Point of view is the angle from each one on a sheet of white paper. which the viewer sees an object. Observe and emphasize the changes in Another viewer at another locashape by drawing around each outline tion will see the same shape or with a crayon or marker. form differently. For example, a person looking down on a circle Computer Option. Divide the page into drawn on the sidewalk sees a three equal sections. Use the Grids and round shape. If that person lies Rulers menu to guide you if available. on the ground beside the circle Choose an interesting but simple object and looks at it, the circle will such as a cup, a screw, pliers, a book, or a appear to have an oblong shape. paint container. Observe and draw three A person looking at the front end views of the same object using the Pencil, of a car will see a form different small Brush, Crayon, or Marker tool. After from the one seen by a person drawing the contour or outer edges of looking at the side of that same the object, add shading to emphasize the car. Figure 5.14 shows three form and surface from different views. different views of a sculpture. Point of View 108 CHAPTER 5 Shape, Form, and Space FIGURE 5.14 Notice how the feeling expressed by this sculpture changes as your point of view changes. You must view the sculpture from all angles to truly understand it. Michael Naranjo. Spirits Soaring. 1985. Bronze. Height 50.8 cm (20 ). Private collection. Experiments in Point of View You can learn about point of view by doing the following experiments. Place your hand flat on the desk and spread your fingers apart. The shape and form you see are the shape and form you would probably draw. They are part of the mental image you have of the object “hand.” Now lift your hand and let your fingers relax. Notice how the shape and form of your hand change. Turn your hand and watch what happens. Your hand is still the same hand. Only its shape and form are different. Next, look at a rectangular table. What shape does the top have when you are sitting at the table? Look at the top through a rectangular viewing frame. Are the edges of the table parallel to the edges of the frame? You know the top is a rectangle, but does it really look rectangular now? What shape d...
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