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Just for Fun: Perspective: More than 100 fun and simple step-by-step projects for learning the art of basic perspective Paperback – October 1, 2017
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Just for Fun: Perspective
Don’t believe what you’ve heard: you don’t need to be a seasoned artist to draw with perspective. Master realistic, proportionate drawing in this fun, easy way.
Back to Basics:
Perspective is like a thread on which we can place everything that surrounds us. When drawing, we become aware of perspective because we see that everything seems to converge toward the same point, that lines run across each other, and that far-away objects appear smaller. To train yourself to feel perspective, draw whatever surrounds you in very simple shapes, while imagining the horizon and positioning the vanishing point.
Drawing doesn’t solely rely on knowing how to use certain techniques. The success of a drawing also relies on our composition choices. We need to know how to see how things are built and how they connect to each other; how to move elements around, make them bigger or smaller, change the point of view, and so on.
The more we are aware of the choices we need to make before we start drawing, the more we start to ask ourselves the right questions. Even better, we will be able to create images as close as possible to our desired outcome.
The Types of Perspective
Beyond the basics of perspective is learning its subtleties. Depending on the drawing we wish to create, we won’t necessarily use perspective in the same way or face the same challenges. How do we apply perspective to something like a shadow or a reflection, for instance?
Point of View
Every day, we pass through various environments, and the space around us keeps changing. How do we live in that space, and how do we see it? Start by making a list of all the places you visit during the week. Ask yourself how you live in them, how you perceive them, what effect they have on you, and where your sight reaches. Make a note of the key words that spring to mind. Then, sketch small views of those spaces, from life or from memory, and try to illustrate the key words that you noted.
Composition & Staging
When we have chosen our position in space and are facing our subject, either from life or from our imagination, we still have a few choices to make to set up our story. The position and importance of the various elements on the page, as well as in the narrative, still need to be determined. How can we make sure that the achieved effect will be the one we’re looking for?
Playing with Perspective
Once you know the rules of perspective, you can make a stylistic or technical choice to not apply them systemically to your drawing. We can change the rules to give our drawing more expressiveness, or we can play with perspective to throw off the gaze or even create an impression of depth when there is in fact no real perspective.
About the Author
Lise Herzog graduated from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 1999. She has worked as an illustrator for Nathan, Milan, Martinière Jeunesse, and Editions Ouest-France. She has collaborated with the educational programs of various Strasbourg museums and now lives in France. Noted for her travel books, she has also illustrated a variety of books for both adults and children, including Marché de Saison, 1001 Secrets de Chats, as well as several books from the series “Secrets of …” (Paris, Secrets de Parisiens, Provence, Secrets de Provençaux, Bretagne, Secrets de Bretons) for Prat Éditions.
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