Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Perspective Notes on Marilyn's Panel

You may remember this panel from Marilyn in our last class....

Well I think I dropped the ball in not going through this one, but in my defense I was waiting to hear if the path the second character was walking on were steps or a slanted path-- because it makes  a difference.

Well, Marilyn clarified that it's a slanted path so let's walk through how to put this in perspective.  Overall I think it's a successful illustration and honestly you could get by with this even though some of the perspective is faked.  It looks good, but let's see how we'd make it comply with perspective.

1- Establish the vanishing point-- in this case I took the road and drew the lines (blue) back and where they intersected (black X) becomes our vanishing point.  I draw the horizon line (red) across the page.  You don't need it, but I put it there because it helps me to "see things" correctly.

2- This illo is a 1 pt perspective piece because we are up against the paneled wall.  That means the ONLY things that would go to a vanishing point are those houses down on the road, the road and the planks of the slanted hill character #2 is walking down.

3- I finish out the perspective for the houses simply by tracing more VP lines (blue) at the top of the first doorway and at the roof peak.  If all your houses are the same, like track housing, they would all follow this blue line.

4- For the planks, or path-- there is NO vanishing point for the ANGLE of the slant.   That is completely up to the creator (you) so I followed the line you established for the angle (green). 

5- To establish the width of each plank I went on that green line and I evenly spaced black hash marks (you might have to look closely to see them).  They need to be on this OUTSIDE line of the path (where I drew the green line), and as I said they should be EVENLY spaced apart. 

6- From each black hash mark I trace a VP line (purple) back to the established vanishing point.  They will naturally get more narrow as you go from the line of the path closest to us to the far line.

And there you have it-- email me if you don't get this completely and I'll clarify.
It's actually fairly simple.