The Basic Principles Of Linear Perspective

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Many people get very nervous when the word ‘perspective’ is mentioned. It seems difficult and mysterious, but it is actually very simple.

Perspective is based on a very simple idea:  objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.

The objective – or “real” – world exists in three-dimensions: height, width and depth.  Our drawings and painting exist only in two dimensions: height and width.

Perspective, or linear perspective, is a system for representing the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.

 Although it may seem scary, the principles are easy to learn and, really, essential to understand if the goal is to accurately represent objects in a painting or drawing.

 

Basic Linear Perspective For Watercolor Painting

The word ‘perspective’ tends to make painters very nervous. The concepts seem mysterious and unattainable for most of us. The truth is that the concept and system is very simple and the technical drawing part is not difficult at all.  Once you have learned a few basics, it will be easy to understand and apply in your work.  This series of lessons introduces you to the basic ideas behind one, two and three point perspective.  You will encounter scenes and subjects that require application of two-point perspective most of the time.  One point perspective applies in many situations as well.  The need to apply three-point perspective in a painting is relatively rare.

All linear perspective systems are based on the simple idea that objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.

The objective – or “real” – world exists in three-dimensions: height, width and depth.  Our drawings and painting exist only in two dimensions: height and width.

 Perspective, or linear perspective, is a system for representing the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.

 Lessons About Basic Linear Perspective

Follow this set of eight lessons to get the basics and practical ways to make it work in your paintings. 

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How To Draw One-Point Perspective
Learn The Basics of One-Point Perspective This Lesson Shows You How To Draw A Simple Single-Point Perspective Single Point or One-Point Perspective There are three basic kinds of linear perspective: one-point, two-point, and three-point. Each description tells us how many vanishing points will be used to create the particular layout.

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basic two point perspective drawingHow To Draw Simple Two-Point Perspective
This lesson shows how to draw a simple two-point perspective layout. It’s really easy and will help you begin to understand the ideas that help show space and distance in your paintings.
Landscape and seascape scenes are compatible with two-point linear perspective.
The most important thing know what happens “in perspective”.

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How To Draw Simple Three-Point Perspective

This lesson shows how to draw a simple three-point perspective layout.

You’ll use three-point perspective layouts only for subjects with unusal viewpoints. For the most part, three-point perspective works best when you are trying to show great height or great depth.

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Simple scene in two-point perspective

Practical Perspective – Part 1

Practical Perspective – Part 1 The One Simple Linear Perspective Idea To Remember Keeping this one idea in mind when drawing your painting layout will help make everything look right.  This short lesson highlights the idea and how it affects buildings and other elements in your painting.

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Practical Perspective – Part 2

A practical way to use linear perspective in your watercolor paintings.

This shows how two-point linear perspective is applied to a drawing layout. The most important result of using linear perspective in your paintings is that is supports the illusion of space and distance.

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Drawing Buildings So They Look Right – Drawing Lesson

Drawing buildings so they look right.

There are a number of common drawing errors that cause buildings to “not look quite right”.

This lesson focuses on the few important details to help you create believable buildings in your work.

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two point perspective grid drawn with the brewer method

Draw A Two-Point Perspective Grid

Learn how to draw a two-point perspective grid using the Brewer method.

This video lesson shows how to draw a two point perspective grid with vanishing points that are off the page. It is a great skill to have and will build your knowledge of perspective.

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layout of a simple scene in perspective using a two-point perspective grid

Using A Perspective Grid For Space and Distance

Linear perspective can dramatically improve your drawing and drawing layouts for your paintings while supporting the illusion of three-dimensions.

Perspective Grids are linear perspective drawings with perspective lines plotted both above and below the horizon line and to each vanishing point.  These are great learning tools and great practical tools as well.

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