Monday, 2 January 2017


the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.

"the theory and practice of perspective"
We see perspective in use every day of our lives, probably without taking any real notice, yet when it comes to putting perspective into practice on paper, it can be a stumbling block for many who are learning to art of visual communication. But it needn't be.

In it's simplest form, to use perspective, you need to identify your horizon line and your vanishing point, from which  your picture's perspective lines will all point to.
This would be a single point perspective.
If you were standing in the middle of a road, or rail track (I am not suggesting you do), you would notice the road or rail tracks disappear off into the distance. The point where the track or road disappears is called a vanishing point and it sits on the horizon.

Here is an everyday scene of a road with building either side.

Here is the same scene  and how single point perspective applies to it.

Put more simply, if you were to take  a simple cube, 

this is how it would look  in single point perspective (looking from above/high angle)

Asingle point perspective was used to create the exercise from week 4

reference material
Anyone who has done Design Technology at school will have come across perspective. If that is not the case here is some more useful  information with regards perspective.

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