How to draw round objects

Art lessons on Video; beginner through advanced tips and technique on how to paint with watercolor.

Three point perspective is really the basis for all linear perspective. How it translates to round objects is not obvious. This lesson explains it.

Drawing of a flower pot and a pear showing how to create the illusion of roundness.

It assumes that you have taken the previous two lessons; one point, and three point perspective.


The lesson demonstrates that a circle looks like a circle only if viewed from the perpendicular to the circle. If you view it obliquely, it will be an ellipse. If you view it on edge, its going to be a straight line.


We look at how round objects appear in the real world. The example used is a flower pot viewed from just above the plain of the top. We study how the arcs and ellipses relate to one another using the principles of linear perspective. Its quite easy. Try it, you'll see.


Next we draw a pear. Making it round is a snap.



Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color palette.
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The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray

Burnt Sienna
0 - Red
Yellow Ochre
1 - Yellow
2 - Green
Cerulean Blue
3 - Blue
  ...( non sed. )
Phthalo Blue
4 - Cool Blue
Ultramarine Blue
5 - Warm Blue
Pyrrol Red
6 - Warm Red
Info Alizarin Crimson
( Quinacridone )

7 - Cool Red
Arylide Yellow FGL
8 - Warm Yellow
Arylide Yellow Deep
9 - Cool Yellow

140 Lb. Cold Pressed
140 Lb. Cold Pressed

The warmest color is orange

The coolest color is middle-blue

A warm red would be like a tomato (orangy)

A cool red Is like a strawbery (purpleish)

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