On Monday we had a drawing class where we learned about how to draw using perspective. We started out by looking at the different kinds of perspectives we could have when doing a piece of art, this was important so we knew which lines to build when drawing our photo.

Linear Perspective – Organisation of shapes in space

Aerial Perspective – Atmosphere effect on tone and colour

Ground plan Perspective

dunes3 Source : http://rivermanmedia.com/easy-atmospheric-perspective-in-photoshop/

Horizon eye level Perspective – what the human eye sees


Source : http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com/perspective.html

One point perspective – one vanishing point


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Two point perspective – two vanishing points


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Three point perspective – three vanishing points


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High eye level – seeing things from above the horizon line


Source: http://www.artyfactory.com/perspective_drawing/perspective_10.html

Low eye level – seeing things below the horizon line


Source: http://www.artyfactory.com/perspective_drawing/perspective_10.html

Orthogonal projection

We were told to take a photo of an urban landscape and bring it into our class. I chose a photo I had taken of Paris not so long ago.


Hannah explained to me that my photo was a two point perspective, I needed to draw in the horizon line and mark the vanishing points. After I had done this I decided to copy these onto my paper as it would be easier to mark out. I then, on my photo, drew some separation lines to help me construct the general shapes that would go into my final drawing. Here is a picture of my photo with the marked lines.

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Next I started to draw onto my paper using a 5b and a 3h pencil so I could get a dark and light contrast with both thick and bold and delicate and thin lines. Each building was constructed and had to match to the ones next to it in such a way that the process was incredibly time consuming. After two and a half hours of drawing, this was all I managed to achieve.

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The drawing itself turned out rather well and although I did not finish my piece, I am pleased with the new skills and technique I have been taught.

I am glad that we had an opportunity to have a class on perspective. It has really helped me to visualize perspective when I draw and create pieces of art. I feel the class has helped me to improve my skills and has taught me a different way into creating a more effective piece of work.


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