Shape in space

Perspective drawing

Intro to Perspective


Perspective is an art technique for creating an illusion of three-dimensions (depth and space) on a two-dimensional (flat) surface. Perspective is what makes a painting seem to have form, distance, and look "real." The same rules of perspective apply to all subjects, whether it is a landscape, seascape, still life, interior scene, portrait, or figure painting

Most Chinese landscape painters use a flattened perspective. As a result, when you look at a Chinese landscape painting, there is no certain point to guide you and you might feel confused when you first look at it. The lack of perspective gives viewers so much space to think and imagine. The reason is that painters always believe that everyone has their own perspective and opinion to art.

In Contrast, western Renaissance artists were concerned with making their art look realistic, and one of the ways they achieved this realism was using linear perspective. During the Renaissance, from roughly the 14th to 16th century, there were many advances in science, math, philosophy, and art. One of the most monumental advances in art was the development of linear perspective. Linear perspective uses principles of math to realistically portray space and depth in art. Renaissance artists were largely concerned with painting realistic scenes, and linear perspective gave them a reliable method to accomplish this realism, which helped make their paintings all the more captivating!

Shen Zhou (沈周, 1427–1509), Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)
Developing Ruler Skills

Developing Ruler Skills

The key to successful perspective drawings is accurate ruler skills. You may be surprised that many young people struggle with this and so it is important that we start off with some basic skills in that area! We will use a ruler and a set square. you will need to make yourself a set square [triangle] if you don't have one. A link to how to make one is here

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