Docks Harbors and Shipyards

Docks and shipyards are challenging places to draw. A dock needs to be drawn carefully, and there is a lot to measure. Once you get the main plane of the dock drawn in space, use crossing diagonals to divide the space equally and then again and again for the piers or pilings.

The activity in a boatyard can be daunting, but if you enjoy the subject, you will find a way to frame an amount of the activity that you can handle. Your viewfinder frame will come in handy for this. Plus, don't hesitate to filter out unwanted objects and detail. This is called "artistic liberty."

The Art of Drawing

A boat can add just the right touch to a landscape. You might try sketching a fishing trawler overflowing with fish, just back from a day at sea, or a canoe tucked against the shore, waves lapping at its side. As an experiment, leave the humans out of the picture (also because we won't be discussing how to draw them until Chapters 21 and 22); you'll find that human-made things without the men can make your drawing come alive in surprising ways.

You don't have to be Marlon Brando to create a dramatic waterfront effect.

Sitting on the dock of the bay.

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