Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating depth with perspective, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Visual perspective is the way we see objects in space.…Some things appear closer,…and other things appear farther away.…Linear perspective is the art of drawing solid objects…on a two dimensional surface,…as they give the right impression of the height,…width, depth, and position…when viewed from a particular angle.…As an illustrator, understanding perspective…is not only a fundamental tool for creating the illusion…of three dimensional objects,…but also for achieving an illusion of depth in an image.…The movement of the viewer's gaze is not only moving around…the image, but into it.…
Linear perspective drawings have a horizon line…that is meant to mimic the Earth's horizon.…Knowing where the horizon line is in your illustration…helps to anchor a viewer in believable space.…An image has one point perspective…if it contains only one vanishing point on the horizon line.…A vanishing point is a point that an intersecting set of…parallel lines comes together, as in this image of a road.…An image can have two point perspective…
AuthorMary Jane Begin
This course will help to clarify best practices for developing any artistic or illustrated composition. Shaping the elements; marrying concept to composition; engaging the editing eye; achieving balance, unity, directional movement, and perspective; and exploring point of view and focal points are all topics covered in these lessons. Author (and professional artist) Mary Jane Begin also explores the major and minor pitfalls of a weak composition and explains the six compositional rules that lead to the best end results! See the steps in action in the final chapter, where Mary Jane designs a concept for lynda.com.
Then share what you've learned with the lynda.com community. Take the three challenges Mary Jane issues in the course and post your results to Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #learnatlynda. We can't wait to see your illustrations!
- Directing with lines
- Designing the negative space
- Creating a consistency of style
- Adding movement with dynamic diagonals, edges, and contrast
- Creating depth of field with perspective
- Using—and breaking—the rules
- Choosing a size and medium for artwork
Skill Level Beginner
1. Basics of Composition
Framing your field of view3m 15s
2. Shaping the Composition
3. Creating Compositional Unity
4. Exploring Movement
5. Directing the Eye
6. Finalizing the Format
7. From Concept to Finished Art
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