Saturday, April 04, 2009
"The Tall One" & ellipse stuff
8"x16" - for my show in July at the Wally Workman Gallery. I'm really digging this tall skinny format. I think I might try it wide next.
So the thing I figured out about ellipses, is that if your ellipse is round (so this doesn't work for oval shapes, etc.) and your object is sitting flat on the table (cup, plate, bowl, etc.) you should always be able to draw a perfectly perpendicular + just like this through it, no matter what your vantage point is. Wherever the vertical line of the + meets the top of the ellipse should be the highest point of the cup. The same goes for the sides and the bottom. So when I am sketching out my composition and just getting placement to start with, I draw 4 short lines to indicate the points where the + and edges of the ellipse meet. Then once I have the placement right I round it out. If you look at yesterday's sugar bowl you'll see how it's a little off - but I ... I did that on purpose ... yeah, that's right. ; )