Thursday, 21 January 2016

Jan-March 2016 week1 and 2

This is s brief recap our study of perspective and layout this week.
Thinking about and drawing things in perspective needn't be hard. It's quite straight forward really.
you can see perspective line everywhere.
If you stand in the middle of a street or a road or a railway track (not one in use, please, no crazy accidents!) you will notice the lines of the road or track tapering off into the distance. The point at which they disappear is called the vanishing point. (simples!)

Here is an example of  a railway track disappearing into the horizon line

Here is  an example of a road . Notice the buildings too.

Applying this to your drawing is easy.
First you have to place yourself in the drawing and decide your point of view.
For these examples we will focus in single point perspective.

Imagine you are looking at a cube, straight on .
This is what you will probably see.
Imagine you can see above the cube. Not a bird's eye view but just above the top.If you are standing directly in front, this is what you will see.
Notice the left and right edges are now pointing inward towards the vanishing point. Just like the train track
If you imagine that you have moved to the right hand side  a little so that you can now see the side of the building, using a single point perspective, the cube will now look like this.
I have actually extended the length slightly . Using perspective lines will enable simple manipulation of shapes.
To turn the cube into a building, all you need to do is apply a grid to the walls of the cube like so.

The red diagonal line enables you to plot the vertical lines at the correct spaces.

Here are some examples of multiple point perspective by Lee Weeks.
Weeks is an excellent draughtsman and can draw anything and make it look good.

the following pages are reproduced by kind permission of Twomorrows  Publishing.
They produce some excellent magazine, mostly industry related but with an accessibility to the amateur. I have bought many Twomorrows publications over the years. If you don't want to pay for shipping, they provide digital downloads at a much cheaper price.

Here are some  very intricate examples of  multiple point perspective (which will be discussed further in class) by the comic book veteran, and all-round expert draughtsman, Walter Simonson.

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