I have been doing sketches for a new painting. I used the rule of 3rds to lay it out, but needed something to analyze and depict space in this piece. So I made myself an Albertian Veil (on tracing paper).

I could not get my photo of the veil over my sketch to show up clearly ... so I took a photo of the sketch and drew the veil in PS over the image, as it appears with my tracing paper, so that you could see how I used it. Also my original sketch was too dark and the lines forming the buildings were also too dark. So I also lightened lines an used more tonal values throughout the whole drawing.

Here is the orig. sketch with the Albertian Veil over it:

Here is my altered sketch:

I am finding this tool very exciting. My next try will be to use one for atmospheric perspective.

Has anyone else used an Albertian Veil?

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Comment by Linda Wooding on July 19, 2015 at 1:57pm

I've been so curious about the Alberian Veil I looked up Patrick Connors.  Great information for detailed, precise art work.  Thanks for sharing that info with us.  Next time I feel something is out of whack I'll refer to the veil.

Comment by Lynda Dinneen on June 6, 2015 at 1:55pm

Oh my goodness what a difference the tonal sketch has made Wanda!  Absolutely beautiful!  I can't wait to learn more about the Albertian Veil!  Thank you for sharing! Grins :))))

Comment by Wanda McDonald on June 4, 2015 at 4:30pm

Thank you very much Charles for clearing that up. I would never use another artist's work as my own, in fact even when I do a online painting lesson, I always credit the teaching artist as my source. Your apology is totally accepted and please do not take a more passive role on this site...your feedback is always appreciated. Cheers, Wanda

Comment by Charles Eisener on June 4, 2015 at 2:05pm

Wanda - I should not have made that comment. Please forgive me.

After reading your initial post, I did a search just to be sure the Veil was what I remembered before composing a reply. On that search, your sketches came up under another link. Without checking it out, I erroneously made a judgment call and sounded off. I am prone to this "writer's rage" once in a while, typically in situations where I feel comfortable and relatively secure with the person(s) involved. This is not to make excuses, but it is important to me that you realize it is my problem; you did nothing wrong. By the time I got to the studio this morning I was already regretting my post.

Perhaps I am feeling a bit too comfortable with our group, I'm not sure. Regardless, this is twice in a few days - first with Britt, now with you. I think it might be best for me to back off and take a more passive role for a while. Last thing I want is to cause problems for Karen and her members. 

Comment by Wanda McDonald on June 4, 2015 at 8:26am

Charles, I must say I was a bit taken aback to your  opening sentence. I did not take this sketch from Craftsy....I used a PMP photo reference a while back as a subject for a pending painting. I was already aware of the Albertian Veil, but did not know how to use it properly until I participated  in Patrick Connors Perspective in Landscape Drawing...for which I applied the veil to my sketch.

Hopefully your detailed explanation my help others to try this tool for their perspective skills.

Comment by Charles Eisener on June 4, 2015 at 6:28am

When taking a sketch from another web site like Craftsy, it is good manners to at least credit your source.

The main function of the Albertian Veil (named after Alberti) was to determine perspective and allow angles and vanishing points to be determined and properly located prior to the image being placed upon the canvas. This was introduced around the time that the camera lucida first became popular. By looking through the veil at a scene, a sketch can be made which accurately transposes the actual angles and vanishing points onto the thin velum. The grid of thirds can either be placed on the paper used for the sketch, or on a second sheet that is used as an overlay.

If the overlay marks locations of multiple vanishing points, the guide lines for these can be marked and the image modified to comply with the scene geometry. Alberti's tool was a breakthrough at the time only because perspective was not appreciated or understood by the art world in general. The veil is not a magic answer, it simply provides a tool to understand and use for accurate perspective renditions. Drawing or photography references that include basic perspective theory provide the same information in an easily read format; the veil merely helps in the practical application.

While the veil in itself teaches nothing about relative values, the fact that it may help one appreciate depth in a drawing can make it easier to understand the need for value control.  

Comment by LizJ on June 4, 2015 at 12:34am
Very interesting Wanda, I've never heard of it before! Will have to look that one up!

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