Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tools for Conceptualizing Form

Okay, a quick post this week. These are a couple of diagrams I sketched out a little while ago that depict the spatial geometry I imagine before rendering form. I will refer back to these diagrams and elaborate on them when I get to various stages of preparing for my next painting. With these basic relationships I can hopefully establish consistent light effects between the many components of the scene and the light source. I can also plot geometrically where all the terminators and cast shadows are and use that as an interpretive tool when I get to modeling from life. These relationships also help in discerning between diffuse reflection and specular reflection. Conceptualizing these relationships, compared to mere value/shape copying, helps me avoid logically inconsistent patterns that emerge in a shifting live model.


  1. Wow. This really interest me A LOT
    (Conceptualizing the form is one of the concepts that I'm specially interested between the great tools that you teach in GCA; I'm planing to learn and work on it this summer in the three workshops that I'll be doing)

    I'm anxious to see your development.
    Thanks for sharing this Scott.

  2. I'm still amazed at your ability to internalize all of this on the fly, and to explain to students the processes that are taking place. Thanks for posting this!

  3. Hi Scott,
    I came across your blog today and decided that I just had to drill all the way back to your very first posts - this blog is a gem!

    Hopefully it is not too late as I have a question about this post - tools for conceptualizing form. I am intrigued by how you position yourself and your easel relative to the model - to the side and away instead of placing your easel in line with the picture plane. Should you not be looking directly at the model?