Friday, August 6, 2010

The Treeless Plain

One of my drawing professors claimed that he could never teach perspectival drawing techniques to children of the northern Great Plains, stating that because they grew up without any spatial referents, they had no inherent sense of perspective. Tulane University School of Architecture faculty member Milton Scheuermann has developed a concise guide to perspectival drawing, titled "Perspective Drawing: A Practical Approach for Architects." For those who wish to consult his summary of one- and two-point perspective drawing, go to Tulane University's Architecture Research Guide ( and scroll down the left-hand column to download the pdf files.

The photograph above depicts my great-grandfather's ranch, the Lazy SS, which was located in Triumph Township, Ramsey County, North Dakota, c. 1930s.

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