Discuss the primary artistic devices used to heighten the illusion of depth: overlap, linear perspective, diminishment and atmospheric softness.
- [Voiceover] When I'm approaching the end of a drawing…I have sort of a mental checklist of questions…I ask myself.…I ask them to guarantee that I've made…the strongest drawing possible…when it comes to creating this…sort of magic illusion of depth.…So one of the first questions I ask myself…is have I used what I know…about linear perspective effectively?…So if we superimpose these red lines on our sketch…you can see how the roof lines go back…to the vanishing point,…the sidewalk does,…I feel like linear perspective right here…is being used very effectively…to create this deep space.…
I also think if we look over here…to the edge of this sidewalk…this almost to me feels like an entry point,…like hey, come into my picture.…This line brings us back…and I really feel like I could just walk down this street.…So linear perspective I feel is being used here…pretty nicely.…Another idea that I love,…because it's so dramatic…and it's sometimes slightly unbelievable…is to take the relative scale of something in the distance,…
Join artist Amy Wynne in this class as she demonstrates the basics of two-point perspective. After a brief demo of asymmetrical vs. symmetrical perspectives with 3D blocks, she takes us through more complex projects: an imagined street scene, complete with windows, doors, trees, and light posts, and an interior room with furniture. In chapter 5, Amy introduces strategies to strengthen your compositions by improving the illusion of depth. Practicing these techniques will breathe new life into your drawing and give you a new "perspective" on drawing.
- Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical perspective
- Drawing 3D cubes
- Drawing exterior and interior spaces
- Adding streets details including trees and powerlines
- Drawing furniture
- Creating the illusion of depth
- Finding a composition to draw from life