Paint in Perspective
Let’s not forget to learn how to paint in perspective.
This short lesson shows how you can train yourself to paint in perspective.
To get depth in paintings you must use the correct tones of color and you must have the size and position of things correctly and paint in perspective.
Many painters who have been working for years have no idea where they are going wrong with there perspective and their paintings have no depth.
You can make your paintings look three dimensional
Mistakes in perspective are common.
I once saw a beautiful painting of a harbor with boats, the boat near was well proportioned,
the very distant boat was much smaller in height but almost as long as the near boat – It would have been 2 kilometers long in real life, but nobody noticed.
You must look at nature
and man made objects in a way where you can compare there size to each other in various situations, and watch for the differences in tones as things move away from you. Read on and watch this free video, it may have information to help you decide if you have good perspective in your drawings and paintings.
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Everything fades in tone as it moves away from us.
You can not have dark blue mountains behind light blue mountains, they might be a different color but there tone must be lighter in the distance.
The trees in the distance must not be stronger in tone than the trees near,
they might be a brighter color but the tone of that color should be duller for the distant tree.
A bright red car will become pale crimson and finally grey as it moves away.
A black car will become grey as it moves away.
In most paintings all things should fade into a grey in the distance, it might be a red grey or a blue grey but it should always be a form of grey – because at a distance all colors become muted – red, blue and yellow make grey.
You can not have brown mountains in the distance. Brown can only be seen when close. You might have a brown grey but not brown.
All these little points must be adhered to correctly or your painting will look bad to the trained eye.
Correct perspective in your painting or drawing can only be achieved by putting the correct shapes and tones in order.
Roofs must slope at the right angle, paths must become more narrow as they move away, rivers should become wider in the foreground, clouds should be smaller in the distance, or in the lower sky.