Linear perspective revolutionized the way artists perceived and incorporated spatial depth in their work. Devised in solid, mathematical terms in the 15th century, linear perspective creates the illusion of three-dimensional space on a tow –dimensional surface.
To create effective linear perspective, artists establish a horizon line, a vanishing point on that line, and multiple orthogonal, or vanishing lines. The horizon line is a horizontal line that runs across the paper or canvas to represent the viewer’s eye level and delineates the sky meeting the ground. The orthogonal lines, which distort objects by foreshortening them, create the optical illusion that objects grow smaller and closer together as they grow farther away. These imaginary lines grow smaller and closer together as they get farther away. These imaginary lines recede on the paper to meet at one point on the horizon called the vanishing point.
The difference between one point perspective and two-point perspective is how many vanishing points there are and where they are placed on the horizon line. For more basics consider coming into Ogden Blue and take a class with one of our very fine instructor’s.