Perspective Part 1
Perspective Part 1
Perspective, perspective, perspective! Grrrrrrr…..!!! I hear it in class all the time and I feel so sorry for people struggling with it. It is a struggle to apply, a struggle to teach and a struggle to see. I’m thinking of doing another workshop on it soon but I’ll try to help you understand it a little now.
What is perspective? In a nutshell, it is how objects appear as they get further away or closer to you. An object will increase in size when it is closer to you and get smaller as it gets further away.
When a post is close to you, it will appear larger than a post of the same size further away. It is the same with people and any object.
For now, in this multi-levelled tutorial, I’m going to help you to understand two things. Take it very slowly and just understand one thing at a time.
Horizon Line. The horizon line is the horizontal line you see in front of you where the earth and sea/sky meet. The horizon line is always at eye level whether you are kneeling, standing, at the bottom of a mountain or at the top. It will always be at eye level. See Illustration 1
Lamp post illustration: If we were on a long straight country road with lamp posts on the left side of the road, the lamp posts will get smaller as they get further away toward the horizon. Ill. B
Side B of the house looks smaller than side A. We know that both sides would be equal in measure or depth but because side B is further away, it appears to be smaller. Ill. C
Exercises for part one:
1. Notice objects of the same size getting smaller as they go further away.
2. Go to the beach (good weather for it) and have a look at where the sea meets the sky. Notice it is at eye level. Now sit down and notice where it is. Now lie down with your eyes pointed in the direction of the horizon and notice where the horizon line is now. Always at eye level isn’t it. I’ll explain what effect the horizon line has on perspective in our next tute after Christmas. Stick with it and you will understand it.
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Have a great Christmas,