Artists Need Perspective

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Why Artists need to LEARN Perspective?

Artists the world over knows the art of perspective is not new my any means, the idea of drawing to perceive, understand or comprehend what we see dates back to the 15th century. To be able to ‘see’ with our eyes is an important and valuable thing to have and with this we can create a mental picture of the images around us.

We are always reminded of the railway track, Click to see railway tracks, going off into the distance and appear to meet when in truth we know that is not the case, but this gives us a good example of perspective.

In the world of advertising the same idea is reversed and we may have the front of a car enlarged, as if our eyes are touching the headlamp, with the rear going off into the distance creating a dramatic effect to draw the attention of the onlooker, or a building that looks as if it’s touching the sky.

Once you know the concept of perspective you can create anything, you are only governed by the scope of what the brain knows and understand, so you are kept within a boundary of realism and a sense of practicality.

Within this project we will be looking at two point perspective as well as the technical aspect of creating the images used by these three points of perspective.

I must add at this point that in ‘real life’ there is no one and two point perspective, we only use three-point perspective when we see, so be aware of that fact as we progress.

So why do we need to learn Perspective?

That question will always be a problem with artists all over the world and can be answered very easily.

We need perspective to be able to create accurate drawings, without it your work has no real depth and meaning.

That statement is both bold and truthful!

We use our eyes to see all around us. From our eyes the vision is translated to the brain, that great computer inside our head that works out everything for and gives us the final result. If we have never seen that object before we ask what it is. We then take the shape and depth and put it into our memory.

Next time we see that object at whatever angle we are able to recognise it, even though we cannot see all sides, we instantly know what it is.

And if it’s a large object we are able to work out the size, the dimension, even if we are a long way from the object. This is perspective that we all live, breathe and see perspective every day from we were born, now it’s natural to us, so commonly part of our lives that we ignore the presence of perspective.

Yet we pick up a pencil and start drawing what we ‘see’ without the knowledge of perspective. So, if you are going to draw an object, how can you draw without knowing perspective? Yet if you are an Architect or a Technical Illustrator you automatically know you need perspective and therefore you go to collage to learn it, why, without it you fail!

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  • Technical illustrations generally have to describe and explain the subjects to a non-technical audience.

    Therefore, the visual image should be accurate in terms of dimensions and proportions, and should provide “an overall impression of what an object is or does, to enhance the viewer’s interest and understanding”.

  • Linear perspective, a system of creating an illusion of depth on a flat surface.

    In linear perspective parallel lines that diminish into the distance appear to get closer together or converge.

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