Painting | Strategies of Perspective/Color in Space
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Project: Strategies of Perspective/Color in Space
For this student project, I was asked to use an interior (my example: MSU Main Library) as the basis for an exploration of space, perspective, and color in three parts.

STEP 1: Create a series of line drawings in a sketchbook based on the room space (tables, walls, etc.), relying on observational perspective.

Making use of these spatial indicators:


STEP 2: Translate drawings from STEP 1 into a new composition on board.  String/rulers will be used to plot point perspective.  Some distortion is inherit, especially in 3-point perspective--focus is on the organizing power in point perspective.  Consider proportions, balance, variety & repetition.  Details may be added or edited at this stage.
STEP 3: Complete the design in color using a palette dominated (75%) by warm and cool neutralized colors OR any two primary/secondary colors, and their tints.  Students should use hard edge shaping and can segment planes into gradients to suggest movement in space or light.  Logical progressions of color can imply space or be inverted to produce spatial tension.  Visually, light colors advance and dark colors recede, warm colors advance and cool colors recede, and more chromatic colors advance and more neutral colors recede.  In the finished work the initial room interior subject and point perspective concepts should remain an integral part of what is ultimately an abstracted color design.
Purpose: To use and understand perspective as an organizing system and way of seeing.  To build on idea through a stepped process while incorporating color as a new element of design.