Allow 80 min - best broken into two sessions
with set homework in between.
To draw a Roman style triumphal
arch utilising a freehand approach to drawing lines. This lessons eventual
success will depend on the student eventually NOT drawing a straight line
... and thereby mot being terrified of making a mistake.
The sketch pad,
HB pencil, ruler.
margin and title box on a new page then:
Construct the rectangle and place a CVP in the approximate positions shown above.
Lightly draw the arch with the proportions to approximate those above.
Note the method used to position the back (inside curve) of the arch. The
intersection point with the fornt curve is critical.
Add the 'minor' rectangles as shown on the face of the arch.
There are two walls indicated and lightly sketched in as above. You will
see their complete form in the drawing shown next.
The student must now discard the ruler. All the firm lines must be done
'freehand'. Any ruled lines will look inconsistent and out of place. Use
short firm strokes rather than trying to be too ambitious. This arch is supposed to be
old and decaying therefore irregular lines are what is required. Now the
arch and its surrounds should begin to take form.
Clean it up and add some shading.
The light source is to be from 'top right' so shade the raised frontal areas
on the arch as shown ... shading to the right and below.
Add some 'Roman' letters (the detail is where observation and creativity
interact) and shade some areas...
the shadows. At this juncture
the shadows are merely 'parallel'. Since the drawing is not complicated
regarding 'shadows' and the sun is very high and distant we can assume
an almost parallel set of light 'rays'.
This particular arch is
a minor detail in a painting by a well known artist who was born in Venice
on October 18th. 1697. It appears in at least two of his paintings. The
student to gain extra marks for naming the artist and even more for naming
one of the paintings that contain the arch. Additional marks could be awarded
if the student were to name the origin of the arch.