Understanding linear plane shifts and actually noticing them can be a complicated task. When actually examining an object to find the linear plane shift, you can actually begin to notice where each shift is. This was the purpose behind creating the mask; to visually see the plane shifts. The drawing of the mask also helped show plane shifts and to learn to better ourselves with shading. The shading helped to show plane shifts because at each shift the darkest of that panel was lighter or darker.
When creating my mask I was aiming for a very symmetrical design. I wanted each individual piece to have the same design as the rest. I first created one side of the face and then created the other side using identical sizes of paper and identical cuts. I was able to get the mask fairly close to symmetrical. This helped to give the mask and clean full look.
When I was focusing on my drawing I was going for a serious look, with an almost mysterious side to it. I was able to capture this in the drawing by how dark of shadows I used and by emphasizing the plane shifts with dark lines. I used dark heavy lines to allow the viewer to know where there were plane shifts and to give the general shape of the mask. The shading was done fairly dark throughout the right side of the mask to give the serious aspect along with the mysterious aspect, almost like the mask his hiding in a dark place.
The face mask took many different trials to get each shape to fit perfectly. It was important to pay attention to the shape of my face and the shape the mask was beginning to take. I added in recessed eyes and mouth so that there would not be empty space that would then draw the viewer’s eye directly to that part. I did not want one specific part of the mask to be a focal point, but the mask as a whole. The drawing however did have a focal point. The dark lines and shading were done in a way to draw the attention of the viewer to those areas keeping the viewer interested.
After creating a mask and shaded drawing, understanding plane shifts became much easier. All it takes is a little practice and some time to actually examine an object to notice the little details like linear plane shifts. There were many different artistic components used in my work to help exaggerate the shifts and to make each object look whole.

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