Striped Chair


Understanding atmospheric perspective can be a very challenging task to many people. Drawing atmospheric perspective can be even more challenging then trying to understand it. Getting an object to look like it is actually in space and has 3D dimensions to it is very difficult. The purpose of drawing a chair with black and white stripes is to help work on shading and how to affectively show atmospheric perspective.

The first step to drawing my chair effectively was choosing the positioning on my page. I chose to position the chair in an enlarged version close to the left side of the page. This gives the appearance that this chair is closed off and unable to be sat in. It helped to close the chair off and gave my picture as a whole an open composition. I then had to focus on the contrast I wanted for my image. I figured that if I made the background dark it would help make the white/gray lines pop out more and show the minor details in the chair.

Another very important step I had to consider was the value of the shading. As pieces of the cloth are closer to the viewer, the black stripes would be darker. And the black stripes farthest away would be shaded lighter. This is what really helps give an image atmospheric perspective. When there are folds or bends in the cloth, the closest part of the curve then gets shaded the least because that is the spot the color will bounce off of most.

After drawing the chair with black and white stripes, understanding atmospheric perspective became much more clear to understand. All it takes to understand this concept is some practice and time taken to examine how light and perspective effect each part of an object. I used multiple different artistic elements to help demonstrate atmospheric perspective effectively throughout my entire piece.

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