Took another crack at the chair drawing thing. I had numerous problems.
My first problem was holding the dang drawing pane still while I traced the little shape on it. Keeping it still while also putting pressure on it while also keeping the pen in the right spot was the worst. Super terrible.
My next problem was my inability to figure out angles in my head. I don’t know what the best way is to do this, but probably to skip angles and just measure distances between start and end points and draw the lines between. This problem is really apparent when you look at the area of surfaces, where I didn’t “draw” what was there, and instead “connected” angles—best example of this is the amount of chair visible around the binder (though I wasn’t drawing from the picture, but rather from my own eye level, so maybe things were closer than these pictures suggest… but… also… maybe they were farther!).
[edit: just read the next chapter in the book. Even though I took drafting classes and was familiar with 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, I hadn’t actually thought about any of that while drawing things. Making sure to put the camera lens at eye-level is something I need to be more aware of in the future, to make sure the shots I’m taking closely match what my eyes are seeing! Duh =D]
Minute differences in angles was also tough for me to reconcile. This chair is “lots of lines, and sometimes tapering,” and that messed with me a lot. NONE of the lines were ever perfectly horizontal or vertical, so I didn’t get any easy “gimmes” but I would still try to draw my lines to be perfectly horizontal or vertical from time to time, stupid brain.
I really wish my eye just had a “leveler” or something, I don’t know how much that would eff me up. I also traced my hand at one point, and had trouble making it look real :)
I also gave up on trying to do things on the ipad. It just wasn’t working well enough. The imprecision of the stylus, not being able to rest my hand on the screen, the small drawing area, all added up to me not feeling confident enough to overcome the hurdles. I am sure some assignments will still be fine to do on it (and I DO love the ability to use layers and opacity), but for others I just need to stick with the pencil and paper, methinks.