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Drawing with Perspective

An intro to perspective drawing, with project suggestion (grades 9-12)

Emily Howard

on 16 October 2012

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Drawing with
Perspective one-point perspective two-point perspective three-point perspective horizon line: vanishing point:
aka: "parallel perspective"
where only one vanishing point exists - lines radiate out from this point. what is perspective, anyway? Some Essential Terminology the line in a perspective drawing where the sky meets the ground. It also represents the viewer's eye level. That is, the placement of the line on the picture plane depends on the vantage point of the artist. For example, if the artist is low to the ground, the horizon line is low on the picture plane. You can see the top of an object if it is below eye level, below the horizon line. If an object is above eye level, above the horizon line, you can not see its top. The point on the horizon line at which lines or edges that are parallel appear to converge, or meet (where lines real or imagined disappear into the distance). orthogonal line: Literally, a line which is at right angles to another. In linear perspective drawings, it is the line you draw from the corner of an object to the vanishing point. It establishes the illusion of a perpendicular line going into the distance. Orthogonal lines should always be drawn lightly at first. Usually, most of an orthogonal will be erased. Different Types of Perspective aka: "angular perspective"
the sides of the object vanish to one of two vanishing points on the horizon line. aka: "oblique perspective"
where two vanishing points exist on the horizon line, and a third exists above or below the horizon line. perspective in a drawing refers to the illusion of distance or space. we can think of perspective as a way to see the world around us, or our outlook on life. we can also think of it as the way that we literally see three-dimensional objects that exist with us in space. Let's look at a quick clip that illustrates how to construct a one-point perspective drawing of an interior room: and here's a quick clip of a two-point perspective drawing in the making: here is a clip of an artist demonstrating three-point perspective: The Project Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin were the best known members of an early 1980s Russian architect's group known as the "Paper Architects." This is likely because they designed a whole lot on paper, but none of their designs were ever built. Escape into the Realm of Imagination: Unlikely Structures They and their comrades focused on incorporating imagination into their designs as a response to the bleak outlook of many Soviets at the time because of the ongoing Cold War between Russia and the U.S.. We can view these unlikely structures as a sort of escape into imagination, which, to be honest, can be a lot more interesting than our everyday lives. What to do: First, we'll practice our skills with rendering one- and two-point perspective with some handy worksheets. Next, we'll start brainstorming to create our very own "unlikely structures" to escape reality. What do you want to do? Create a haunted mansion? A castle a-la Hogwarts with an impossible number of turrets? Your dream home, complete with waterslides and glass elevators? The skyscraper of the future, literally penetrating the clouds? It's really up to you. The only rules:
You must use two- or three-point perspective to make your drawing
You must first render your drawing in pencil, and when Ms. Howard says it's ready, you'll ink it in pen for the final touch.
You must write a one-page artist statement that you'll share with the rest of the class during the final critique. let's get started!
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