There’s no shame in your game if you haven’t heard of this kind of perspective drawing…or lack thereof. I kind of pride myself on knowing a good bit about how to draw perspective (although my actual execution of a perspective drawing is usually totally crappy) and I’d never heard of zero-point perspective either.
|02 May 2012 by Lynn Boggess, oil on canvas, 26 x 22.|
But zero-point perspective is way more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common kind of perspective you’ll find. Basically, zero-point perspective is just a fancy way of describing a natural scene such as a mountain range or a landscape of hills and valleys–a non-linear scene in which there are no parallel lines appearing to meet off in the distance somewhere. Therefore, there are no vanishing points, which is where this kind of perspective gets its name. Because remember, with linear perspective, a scene is described as showing one-point perspective or two-point perspective based on how many vanishing points it has where parallel lines seem to converge.
|21 March 2012 by Lynn Boggess, oil on canvas, 46 x 40.|
Without vanishing points, you might think a painting or drawing won’t have as much depth as it could, and to a point that is true. Linear perspective really does enhance the illusion of space in a rendered scene. But the best perspective drawing lessons that I was taught revolve around supplementing linear perspective with an artist’s understanding of color and scale. That is when the illusion of space is most convincing.
Knowing how to put these ideas and techniques together comes from approaching perspective drawing as an artist not a mathematician. The Artist’s Guide to Perspective download is a DVD that makes the complexities of form easier to understand with its focus on how an artist uses perspective, from drawing techniques on one-, two-, and three-point perspective, to how to work with vanishing points, and more. It is all there in this in-depth three-hour lesson. I feel like such a nerd when I say time flies by when you are watching it, but it is true. Enjoy!