Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Click on the illustration above to view One, Two and Three Point Perspectives.

Artists and architects use perspective to make buildings, and other objects, appear realistic. They do this by making the buildings and other objects closest to the viewer larger and the other objects/buildings gradually appear smaller as they go off into the "distance". Artists create the illusion of perspective (remember form?) by using these tricks.

Horizon Line: A horizontal line across the picture. You place your vanishing points along the horizon line. You may or may not erase the horizon line later.

Vanishing Point: The point(s) where the lines meet on the horizon. The amount of points depend on which perspective is used (one, two or three point perspective).

"Bird's Eye View": Three point perspective and looking down.

"Worm's Eye View": Three point perspective and looking up.