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Drawing and Perspective

Apart from drawing, a person painting a landscape needs some knowledge of perspective.

Concerned with creating a three-dimensional quality on a flat two-dimensional surface, we use perspective as an aid in achieving this effect.

The two principal forms of perspective, parallel and angular, help to create the illusion of depth.

In parallel perspective, one vanishing point is used, and all lines parallel to each other converge to this point.

In angular perspective, lines which are at right angles to each other converge to separate points.

The horizon, to which all these lines converge, is always at the level of your eye.Perspective Drawing Sample

In painting landscapes or seascapes you will soon develop a visual perspective, a "feeling" for the recession of forms.

You will still want to check that the objects appearing in your composition converge properly to the eye level.

With many artists, as they progress the design of the painting becomes of paramount importance, and to strengthen the impact of design they distort the perspective.

Rokeby Venus, by Velazquez


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