Draw the line: put things in perspective

Perspective in art is much easier to implement than perspective in life. In fact, there is nothing much to it as far as we are aware of  how it works and what it does for a painting or drawing.

Perspective creates depth and dimension in any drawing and painting which deals with suitable subject.

Traditional linear perspective uses size, overlap of objects and their placement in composition, as well as convergence of lines.

If you love landscape, street scenes, rural scenes with farms and barns, simple roads, streams or rivers, so on and so forth, you will need to implement linear and atmospheric perspective and also use color values accordingly to perspective principles.

Well, if you are drawing and painting plein air, you most likely use some perspective.

Some people are confused: how many vanishing points to use: 1, 2, 3 or even more?

The answer is that will depend on the placement of your shapes and forms on different planes.

1 point perspective uses 1 vanishing point on the horizon line.

Most often we use 1 point perspective with roads, streams, tree and fence lines and buildings on both or one side of a path or road. That creates an easy perceivable composition which is pleasure to look at and easy to create.

2 point perspective respectively will use 2 vanishing points.

Plein air drawing, 2-point perspective

Pen and watercolor sketch, mostly done outdoors, since this building is next to my entrance. We used the 2-point perspective sketch

When drawing close-ups of buildings or placing many scattered buildings in composition we can use rather 2, 3 or 4 point perspective because that will allow achieving lots of depth and dimension.

When some objects are close, some distant or scattered all around, you could use 3 and 4 vanishing points. It does not mean that your drawing becomes extremely complex. It means that you will have freedom to place compositionally wherever you want it and make it the size you’d like.

I noticed that most drawing demos that involved 2 point perspective did not explain that the roof top line runs through 1 vanishing point. That was also the most confusing part for students since they had a problem placing the roof line where it belongs.

Please enjoy the recent paintings and sketches which involve perspective.

Thin and thick pen and watercolor for creation of perspective sketch, 1-point perspective

Simple watercolor plein air sketch which has just slightly sketched in perspective

Perspective in man-made structures: large watercolor. To create it, I first did a pencil sketch on transparent transfer paper in the size of the painting.

This is a demo pen and watercolor painting for 1-point perspective

I am giving a set of 4 classes about perspective in sketches and drawings at the moment. Therefore, I haven’t made any perspective videos or demos yet. However, I am working on materials and most likely this winter I will be able to post something to learn from online.

Other than that, bad health and garden work kept me from finishing work at my website. It’s still half done.

If Bluehost with their Mojo Marketplace were not cheating and if I had the theme I initially wanted, my website would be completed and running beautifully by now. Unfortunately, I had to wait for refund and then I got very sick and then I had to prepare classes, so I could not work on finalizing neither the layout nor content of my website.

I did not post recently that much for the same reason: I thought I just wait for a while until it’s all done. That moment never came so far; therefore, I am posting my recent works that involve creating perspective. Most drawings, sketches and watercolor paintings are done outdoors or plein air. A few are demos. It’s needless to say that perspective is an important part of any painting, sketch or drawing. Learning how to create perspective is not difficult or overwhelming.

Please be patient and you will be able to check out my advice on creation of perspective in any drawing or painting. I will definitely have lots of images and sample drawings.

11 Replies to “Draw the line: put things in perspective”

  1. Sending love and healing to you Inese! Your work, as usual, is really beautiful! Hope this coming week finds you healthy and able to do the work you want to do. Blessings 💜

    1. Thanks Lorrie! Well, I’m seeing the doctor soon, but it’s been a year without improvement. I hope this time I get over this issue.

    1. Thanks Diane! Basically, I couldn’t get done much because I’m always exhausted. That’s from medications. The website is just work and I need time, and it’s midsummer already, such a wonderful time, and I’m still dealing with the same problems which I was a year ago. I hope to go to Europe, too, and I need to do something about it. I don’t have the flight ticket yet, they have gone up in price a lot.

      1. Oh dear, I thought your medical issue was behind you…. If you’re too tired just do what you absolutely have to do.. and save some energy for enjoyable things… Summer is too short to not have some time to enjoy! Hope you also get your trip… Diane

        1. Thanks Diane! Yes, it’s been so long. I should have just gone to Latvia for this surgery, they do way better job and with advanced 3D printing options now people get there any part they want printed specifically for them, skin, bones, joints, etc. The most interesting part is that this suits the persons system and is based on their own cell structure. It’s always the money issue, and I am sort of tired of all of this. Anyway, I hope to somehow (miraculously?) put this behind me. Summer is really to enjoy. I didn’t get much out of it last year, so maybe this year I can manage to make my summer so much better.

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