Getting Small and Smaller in Space

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Whether you begin to draw perspective outside or in the comfort and privacy of your studio is up to you and the weather.

Try Your Hand

Try sketching a small thumbnail version of a view to see how you like it and decide whether you should move to the side or look from higher or lower to get another vantage point. Try a view, and move on and try another until you are happy.

You can decide how much you want to use formal perspective, with all the vanishing points and lines, or whether you prefer to see relatively and just draw. Perspective always comes in handy for difficult views and complicated buildings. Try to learn the basics and then decide as you g°.

1. Establishing your view is first, whether you're inside or out. Try a few fast thumbnail sketches to see if you like the shapes and angles. Don't worry much about perfection; just do them.

2. Decide on the view that you like and look at it. Decide where you are relative to the view. Are you looking up, down, or straight at the main part or center of interest in your drawing?

3. After you have established eye level and the horizon line lightly on your drawing, you can begin to draw in the shapes you will draw in perspective. Start with something simple like a cube. Inside, a cube is easy to find; outside, pick a simple building, like a cottage, to start.

4. Perspective is all about seeing planes in space, so you want to begin with an object that is turned away from you, at an angle. The sides of the object, cube, or cottage, will vanish, or get smaller, as they go back away from you in space.

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