The Perspective Tool Kit

Perspective Tools

The Most Trusted Perspective Drawing Tools for Creating Accurate Drawings.

Perspective Tools

When we understand the perspective tools

There are many approaches to Perspective Drawings by which I mean Linear Perspective, that we can make. Perhaps the most helpful approach is to think of perspective as a collection of tools.

Once you understand the tools and how they work, the perspective tools extend the scope of the artists as dramatically as a power saw extends the scope of a carpenter.

One of the conditions of understanding the perspective tools is that you should learn and understand the special language of perspective terms that governs these tools. The tools used are NOT numerous so it will be easy for you to recall and therefore should be referred to again and again until they are remembered and understood.

When we understand the perspective tools, what precisely can we do with it?

Briefly, we can represent any object or scene by lines on a flat sheet of paper in such a way that the image is similar to what you would see if you looked at the actual object or scene through one eye, and kept the eye fixed on one point.

The perspective views, which we can draw, correspond closely enough to our experience of what we see, to be readily acceptable and readily understood, so that perspective drawings are of the greatest value to the artist as a means of communication.

The group of Artists that excel with the use of perspective drawing are the Technical Illustrators. They love lines and therefore love the use of perspective to create some of the best perspective drawings around, but also the Fine Artist use perspective all the time, guessing where the eye’s line up is easer and more accurately measured using perspective lines in the original sketch.


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So OK, lets study the tools.

GROUND PLANE | GP - see image

GROUND PLANE (GP)
The Ground Plane, image 2, is the horizontal surface on which the Subject generally rests. It is also the base from which the level of the Station Point and other heights are accurately measured.

Image 2 drawing

GROUND LINE | GL

GROUND LINE | GL
The Ground Line is the line at the intersection of the Picture Plane and the Ground Plane. The point of intersection is the point where both Height and Width of the Subject is accurately measured, “X” marks the spot.

HORIZON LINE | HL

HORIZON LINE | HL
The Horizon Line is the Trace or Line on the Picture Plane containing the Centre of Vision, Vanishing Points and Measuring Points. When the Picture Plane is vertical, the Horizon Line passes through the Centre of Vision.

STATION POINT | SP

STATION POINT | SP
This is the eye of the observer, your eye if you wish. The Station Point must always follow the same rule and that is, wherever the Station Point is located above the Ground Plane, it could be an inch or it could be hundreds of feet above the Ground Plane, it is also the height of the Horizon Line.

LINE OF SIGHT | LS - see image

LINE OF SIGHT | LS
The Line of Sight, see image 2, is a ray of light or sight line travelling from a given point on the Subject to the Station Point.

Image 2 drawing

PICTURE PLANE | PP - see image

PICTURE PLANE | PP
Think of the Picture Plane as Window or a Sheet of Glass placed between the Station Point, you, and the Subject upon which the Image or Picture is drawn, see image 1. The Picture Plane is your Art Board on which you construct all your perspective lines and points to create your final image.

CENTRE OF VISION | C of V

CENTRE OF VISION | C of V
The Centre of Vision is the nearest point on the Picture Plane to the Station Point. This point is directly opposite the Station Point.

CONE OF VISION | C V - see image

CONE OF VISION | CV
When the eye looks fixed in one direction, there is a limit to what can be seen, see Image AA. The boundary of vision is conical and therefore for perspective purposes the angle of the Cone is 60º or less and has it’s apex at the eye, or Station Point. Outside the cone the image becomes distorted and often senseless. Understanding perspective will enable you to correct these problems.

Image AA Drawing

VANISHING POINTS | VP - see image

VANISHING POINTS | VP
The Vanishing Points, image 5, are points on the Picture Plane (not just the Horizon Line) to which a set of parallel lines from the Station Point appear to converge. Therefore Vanishing Points can appear at any given point on the Picture Plane.

Vanishing Points Image 5

MEASURING POINTS | MP

MEASURING POINTS | MP
Accurate width measurements can only be made with the Measuring Points located on the Horizon Line, each Measuring Point working with it’s own Vanishing Point. If you were following this course correctly you would have already dealt Measuring Points. Always measure from the Ground Line and the Ground Plain.
  • 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.

  • 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”.

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    The term “fine art/fine artists“ refers to an art form practised mainly for its aesthetic value and its beauty rather than its functional value. Fine art is rooted in drawing and design-based works such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

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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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