If you are interested in learning more about drawing, there are some basics about perspective in drawing that can be a great step if you are about to illustrate things such as scenery, buildings and characters. It is pretty amazing to notice that you can even make a 3D object from a paper surface or known as 2D surface. The two main things to note when about to make perspective drawings, the horizon line and viewer’s point of view that includes the vanishing points. At the beginning, this technique was invented by Renaissance painters from Italy such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.
In a linear perspective, it is important to add these elements; horizon, vanishing point, ground plane, orthogonal lines and vantage point included on. First is the one-point perspective, it usually comes with a vanishing point in the center. Meanwhile the two-point perspective has two vanishing points with horizon lines in between. Next is the multi-point perspective. Depending on the scene you want to create, you can make multiple vanishing points. The other vanishing points can be added below or above the horizon line. Then from an atmospheric perspective, what plays the most as to make the depth is through lights or darks (values), colors and the clarity of each element in the drawing. As for the note within the perspective basis, the depth was applied by the combination of linear and atmospheric perspective along with the use of colors. For beginners, you can use grid papers to help get used to making lines with rulers too.
There are still some opinions about whether drawing is a skill or talent. Since there are many art class mastery available now even through online class, it seems that when an artist (or those who wants to be) taking classes especially when they are not majoring art they could pass the skill of those who are in. Some of the known artists even have their own style by doing self-taught, such as Frida Kahlo and Bill Traylor. As for Frida Kahlo, even if her father was a photographer, she used to get her interest in medical school at first. Thus why in her early career, after the incident that happened to her by the age of 18, she decided to explore within her limitations to create her own self-portraits and her own anatomy in paintings with such a unique style of hers. For words inr general, everything needs a skill and even if you don’t have talent, time will outgrow them as you never stop learning.
Some basic steps in drawing you need to start as a beginner is to make sure your hand can go with the flow or getting used to the drawing tools. As a tip, you will get a more detailed drawing when you draw with your fingers close to the paper. You will be later able to get that feeling of sweeping motions as you practice. Always start with something simple such as still life objects (fruits, clocks, flowers and so on). The perspective could also be made by choosing your format preference. Landscape brings a view of space as the point of interest, yet it is different from a panorama that is wider in angle. Portrait will give a tighter space which brings something more intimate. Don’t forget to practice on your sketchbook. Fill them up so you can manage to take a look at your progress day by day. Change your subjects every time you try to sketch, from static subjects to moving subjects like animals or human beings to get an understanding about movements and postures. Take some notes like the angle, lighting, etc. so later you will be able to try on adding strokes on your drawing to make it more alive.
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For the one-point perspective drawing, you can apply this technique for an impression of a single point of view on your sketch, a close view of an object and a straight point of view with one vision. Simply put it is usually to bring a central view of one perspective such as interior views or street views. The two-point perspective is being used if you want to make a good sight view of a corner such as a corner view. Two-point perspective also can be applied in vertical format to create a dynamic three-point perspective.
Meanwhile, the main three-point perspective is applied when you are looking for an unusual view such as a bird's eye view as if you were looking from on top of a building. In contrast, make a low angle of horizon line if you want to make a worm's eye view (the view of looking up above). And for a multi-point perspective is needed when you have a curvy line visual and sort of different shapes like non-orthogonal. As to make a character more alive in 3D shapes, you can use a four point perspective or more as known to be the curvilinear perspective.