From the previous article, we saw the 5 steps to start drawing a scene in perspective. Let’s spend a bit more time at Step 1: Observation.
Today I give you an exercise to do as often as you want. You will start training your eye identifying the horizon line and converging lines anywhere you g. In the street, a parking, a gallery, try to spot these lines.
Below an example of a common 2-point perspective scene: a regular eye level street view.
Guggenheim museum – NYC
Q/ How to spot the horizon line and converging lines ?
How to spot:
- The Horizon line
- The Converging lines
- The Vanishing points
If you are not familiar with these, may I recommend you to watch this video tutorial of
How to draw a cube in perspective. You will get more familiar with the vocabulary.
I extended the width of the picture. Why ? Because when you take a picture of a city with buildings, it’s pretty common that your vanishing points are outside of the picture.
Note: These kind of common scene suppose that if you look at the buildings on a map, they are all parallel each other.
Did you see that the people in the scene – closed or far – have ALL there eyes on the horizon line !Why ? Because the photographer is standing and holding his camera at this level.
We consider that the people are all about the same height.
A kid would be lower the line; a giant above.
Let’s find the converging lines.
Spot some obvious lines and converge them toward the horizon line.
They will cross in one dot: the left vanishing point !
Now, connect some more. Pretty easy right ?
Same logic for the right side of the buildings. They converge to the Right vanishing point.
That’s all !
If you know how to observe, you will know how to draw your own cities !
The horizon line is actually
where the Left and right converging lines “merge”.
Challenge of the day
With these 3 pictures below, spot the:
- Horizon line
- Converging lines
- and Vanishing points.
Hint: Look at the most obvious lines such as the windows or the road.
Remember to train your eye wherever you go !
You can play with your friends at spotting these lines . Soon you will do it like a 6th sense !!