Lesson 9 of my SketchingNow Foundations course contains one of the more challenging assignments in the course – using a viewfinder.
A viewfinder is a wonderful tool to help people compose, set out a view and improve accuracy, but the reality is that it’s super awkward to use on location. It’s hard to re-locate it in the right position each time, hard to remember the position of things on the grid, and perhaps the biggest issue of all, your arm gets really tired! Note. I use a big A5 size viewfinder (template is shared within the Foundations course)
So this week I tried it again, with the intention of testing my inherent accuracy. So I revisited a subject that I had sketched loosely ‘by eye’ a few weeks ago – the house I overlook from my balcony.
I struggled a bit doing this sketch as the viewfinder grid imposed a constraint that I am not used to. I got constantly lost with all those angles, and having two interruptions while doing the sketch didn’t help either! But it was a great exercise and I enjoyed doing it.
But rather than my sharing my ideas, I thought it would be fun to throw the analysis back on you this time! So I would love to hear your thoughts on this exercise, and then in a few days time I will add a comment with my big takeaways.
This is part of a series Foundations Friday where I am revisiting the lessons of my SketchingNow Foundations online class, and exploring the concepts in a new way. To find out more about the course click here.