The Art of Perspective

All designers and artists need perspective. Especially these:Definition 1: a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Definition 2: the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity.

For as long as I can remember I've loved to draw and what vexed me the most was getting proper perspective on landscape drawings. Buildings with windows are especially difficult for me. Here are some samples of a quick landscape sketch...note the lack of shadows and windows! And a more complex landscape attempt...

San Gimignano

San Gimignano

Capri

Capri

Since it has been a while since I've been a student where the fine art of 1-point and 2-point are carefully explained and grids are drawn I bought a book to help refresh me. It's really great because it shows all different kind of situations with simple explanation of how shapes work at different angles.

Perspective Made Easy

Perspective Made Easy

Shadows explained

Shadows explained

It's also an awesome book because it deals with shadows which I think is huge for designers. How often do you have to add a shadow to something? Me? All the time. It's often difficult merge pictures together into an ad or design without it looking fake. There's a whole website that most designers are familiar with about Photoshop Disasters. I did a little search and found some great shadow disasters.

Bad Shadows

Bad Shadows

This is supposedly a real ad for BMW. If so, it goes to show you that this designer needs to understand perspective a little better. But what is true for all designers and artist is that constantly learning and improving your craft should be your goal. I've got my pencils, sketchbook and Perspective Made Easy and I'm heading outside. Windows and shadows, you will not get the best of me!