Perspective – Horizon, the big hoover

HORIZON – THE BIG HOOVER

Where all lines get lost…


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Right, in the previous article we made it clear that the horizon is directly connected to your eyes level. That means the higher you stand you will be able to see things from above and vice versa; you will be able to see things from below when you stand lower. How does this affect your drawings though?

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The lines tend to vanish as they go closer to the horizon. You can imagine the horizon as a big linear hoover that sucks the lines of your drawings. EVERYTHING has to vanish into your horizon. And this applies even to the objects that are very close to yourself. Even these gradually vanish in to the horizon. Lines can be interrupted before they actually reach the horizon ie. the small carton box standing in front of you doesn’t need to reach your horizon line to vanish, however the extension of its lines will do reach.

 

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Of course “vanishing into the horizon” is quite a vague phrase and everyone can interpret in various different ways. In reality perspective follows specific rules and the easiest way to understand it is by using the “vanishing points”. The vanishing points attract all lines of the drawing – this is where your lines actually vanish. A drawing can have 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 vanishing points. Working with 2 vanishing points is a good start for a beginner and once you master this you can easily start using 3 points.

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Now lets grab some paper, a pencil and a rubber and start drawing in perspective. Move to the next article:


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28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“The article above as well as the whole series of the Sketching Advice articles is an effort to put together my knowledge and offer it to fellow artists in their first steps in as simple words as possible . I am not a professional artist or tutor, however I have spent some time sketching and through trial and error I realised that following some basic principles can simplify sketching a lot. Feel free to ask any questions and I ll be glad to help if I can .”

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Perspective – What are you looking at…?

What are you looking at….?

Perspective in practice – Horizon


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After a short holidays break (HOLIDAYS IN GREECE) we are back to our sketches and drawings! Today we will explore together how perspective actually works on paper. In the previous article (PERSPECTIVE – THE BASICS) we made it clear that sketching what you know will not help you massively. You need to train your eyes and hands to work together and draw what you actually see.

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Keeping this in mind you must be prepared to draw shapes that do not actually correspond to reality; however they look real and accurate on paper! And if this sounds very vague to you, do not stress out. Perspective follows some very specific rules. Once you get yourself familiar with that; then you can build up to more complicated shapes and subjects pretty quickly.

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To understand perspective, the most important thing you will need is…just your eyes! Everything relates to where you stand relatively to an object. It is important if you are far, close, above or below. That will determine how big or small you perceive something and how “steep” all lines are (here is where perspective messes with us…).

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Imagine that your eyes have laser and can cut a flat plane right in front of you. That will be your horizon. This plane moves up and down as your whole body (…the level of your eyes) moves up and down. To understand how this works imagine yourself standing at the top of the Empire State Building – now your horizon is very very high – you can actually see most of the New York City buildings from above. Now imagine yourself at street level (Times Square) – your horizon is very low – you need to rise your eyes to look at the buildings – you can only see them from below (no view of their roof top).

Tip: Check the Empire State Building and Time Square links. They are impressive!

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Being at the top of Empire State Building takes your eye level (your horizon) really high. This enables you to see everything from above.

 

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Being at street level your eyes are quite low compared to the huge high rises next to you. You cannot see any of the roof tops.

The line we all know as the “horizon”, actually follows the level of your eyes. This takes us a step closer to understanding perspective. The rest of the perspective principle is that all lines tend to vanish into the horizon.

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THE ARTIST…

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“The article above as well as the whole series of the Sketching Advice articles is an effort to put together my knowledge and offer it to fellow artists in their first steps in as simple words as possible . I am not a professional artist or tutor, however I have spent some time sketching and through trial and error I realised that following some basic principles can simplify sketching a lot. Feel free to ask any questions and I ll be glad to help if I can .”

 

*All pictures used here are either my sketches or edited royalty free photographs.

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MARILYN BOISSONNEAULT

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29244363_1851457815151397_8245197362654347264_n“I am self taught portrait artist Billy T from Berkshire , U.K . Art is my life , it’s all I know , it runs through my veins. I paint for paintings sake , it draws me in, I can’t live without it. Theres’s something about the painting of people’s portraits that truly intrigues me , to capture their essence , their souls on canvas/paper is the most technically challenging of subjects but also the one of the most rewarding .”

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HOLIDAYS IN GREECE

Holidays in Greece

Inspiration and Motivation

Following a week’s wonderful holiday in Greece we are back to reality and daily work in the UK. This holiday inspired me and gave me motivation to continue with my work here at CHROMA.

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An exciting visit to Acropolis, Athens and the state of the art Acropolis Museum reminded of the beauty of Ancient Greek architecture and how this ties in with the temperament of the modern Greek city life. Hopefully, I will be able to incorporate this feeling and experience in one of my following painting collections.

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Being under the bright blue cloudless Greek sky for a few days boosted my motivation to continue with my Greek Island collection. Clear skies, bright sun and crystal water is what occupies my mind after this brief visit and I am looking forward to grabbing my brushes and putting this on a canvas.

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During my leave I had the chance to get in touch with some very talented artists and the following weeks you will have the chance to see their work displayed in the Featured Artists section here on CHROMA.

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PAINTING DISPLAYED

First Painting Displayed

Excitement!

Excitement and happiness as my first painting is now displayed on the walls of The Cakery a local cafe in Bath, UK.

 

 

This painting was inspired by the cafe owners’ little pug puppy Otis! When first visited the cafe, the puppy was sleeping there and instantly inspired me to create this work.  At the time I was working on my acrylic collection ANIMALS  so “Otis” tied in with the rest of my work.

After a few evenings of focused sketching and painting work the painting was ready and is now displayed in the cosy premises of The Cakery!

 

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“‘Hi there! My name is Emma and  I am an artist based in South Wales. I’ve drawn since I was able to hold a pencil. I’ve studied Art and Design. I love to draw wildlife and my preferred medium is chalks and charcoal. However, I am willing give anything a go regarding media and subjects!”.

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