Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants
8:06 PM, Friday November 25th 2022
Well, I've never done this constructive drawing before, and I found this pretty tough to do in a satisfying way. But I did enjoy trying. I am confused about some things:
1) Doesn't there need to be some balance between construction and complexity? If I draw a pot of hydrangeas, it could have 100s of tiny flowers and possibly 1000s of petals. Surely we can't construct all of these??? (I settled on drawing the shapes of the clusters only).
2) For elements of a fairly complex form that are not seen from the frontal view, drawing lines in the rear of the form that won't be seen gets cluttered and unintelligible pretty quickly. It seems reasonable for a few petals on a flower, but for a complex structure, it seems to get very messy and garbled (see my anemone pic). How do you handle this?
3) It is hard for me to imagine ever accurately connecting numerous short lines for stems and other tubular structures in a way that leaves me satisfied. This seems extremely inefficient and inaccurate to me. Particularly with tubes of very thin caliber, how can we possibly accomplish this? Or is this just an exercise to develop some particular skill?
4) Also what about irregular shapes? Such as a bonsai tree? I was not clear on how to accomplish a 3D construction that follows the guidelines. There are are just globular regions of plant growth. And when we get down to the level of the needle-like leaves, how do you represent those?