Thinking about we view the world is definitely a common theme for artists, brought up in the constellation lecture yesterday, and now reviewed in my drawing class today. We were asked to think about why we primarily work onto rectangles and squares when our eyes don’t naturally see in that form.
This apparently began during the Renaissance, when a mathematical formula was invented to ease the method of drawing, making it easier to produce life like drawings. It is coined as the beginning of the ‘single lens, photographic view of drawing’. A grid system was set up between the artist and the object, then repeated on the page so that the artist only had to work one small square at a time.
We then went out and produced drawings which incorporated this with the works of David Hockney who has produced massive paintings by putting together many smaller canvas’. The idea is that we would draw four small sections to show a panaramic view of the area we were sitting in.