Strategies for Improving your Drawing and Painting Skills :
Multiple Figures in a Composition
Preview of Class #4
RUNTIME: Approx 1 hour
Peggi Kroll Roberts
Instructor, Class: Recorded Mar 9, 2020
Peggi will show you how to add figures to a composition by using simple one-point perspective. By finding your horizon line and working from one point on that horizon line you can put figures in the foreground, middle ground or far background and have them all live in the space without one looking like an ant or a giant, in relationship. It’s a very simple strategy and will allow you to place any figure either up close or far away. It will be important to have a photo reference of the figure that is in a similar relationship to the horizon. In other words, you won’t want to use a figure that you’re looking down on next to a figure that may be at eye level or above. See some video stills here.
Assignment: Gather a lot of references of people in crowds as well as individual figures. The grocery store is a great place to start. I use my iPhone and snap away in a clandestine way. (I pretend I’m scrolling my email.) Practice adding figures as demonstrated in class.