Paint in Perspective

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Paint in Perspective

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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.
Painting dvdsCorrect 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.
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by Len Hend


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  1. Len thank you for all of your tips and encouragement to would-be artists.
    I am still having difficulty with perspective. ie. it’s supposed to be eye level, but is that a perceived eye level e.g imagining that I were in the picture looking at the scenery?
    Or is it eye level -standing in front of the canvas before I paint on it?
    Maybe others are also having similar problems.
    Perspective is very important because some of my pictures are just not quite right.
    Thank you again very much.

    1. Nicol – hi – a perceived eye level e.g imagining that I were in the picture looking at the scenery? correct
      The word perspective when refering to a landscape painting usually refers to things like – things get smaller in the distance – things get duller (tones of colors) in the distance and there is a thing called the ‘horizon line or eye level’ which usually refers to ‘from the height the scene was viewed’ from up in the air looking down or from the height that a person would be if standing on the ground and looking at the scene. (ground level)
      The ‘horizon line or eye level’ is an imaginary plain that is always perfectly horizontal in all directions (like a lake)
      It is at the height of the eye or camera that the scene came from in reference to the things in the scene. Up in the air or down on the ground.
      Everything in your painting is either above or below this line.
      If a bird is flying towards you above the line it is flying up.
      If a bird is flying towards you below the line it is flying down.
      This is where people get it wrong in their paintings, they have a house above the ‘horizon line or eye level’ and the roof is sloping down towards them (wrong)
      So the artist must make sure that everything in the painting is at the correct eye level.
      There is a lesson here which might help

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