Monday, May 9, 2011
Perspective and the use of the Diagonal
It's also one of those skills you need to continually practice.
Now the classic lesson is to do single point perspective, the focal point is dead center, horizon line is straight. The kids give it a try and are excited to see the illusion of distance occur before their very eyes.
Another way you can learn about perspective is to think of your focal point or view point as a square or rectangle rather than a single point.
For example here is a picture I took of a street in Paris. It has a lot going for it. It's easy on the eye for the viewer. Our view point is the little square off to the right and our perspective lines/diagonal lines are coming from the corners. Techinically these are orthogonals.
Now the eye loves diagonals especially zig zags. The most popular landscape paintings and photographs will make use of a zig zag...it leads the eye thru the composition.
A good place to start is to use a cut out square or rectangle to represent your view point.
You then trace the sides of that square and make your perspective or diagonals. Here the bottom left line is curved as if we are walking around a corner.
Now you are going to add components to your view box and at times things are going to partially block that view. Here I have put a building coming into that view box.
When you have added all the different papers you want you can start adding more paint (watercolor and acrylic) for the details.