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Old 07-18-2017, 10:30 AM
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Need some "perspective"...

Hello all - it's been a long time since I posted here, but I've hit a "bump in the road" if you will. I'm having some problems with the foreground perspective in the painting I'm currently working on. The road in the foreground is flat with a pretty sharp edge, and I'm having a lot of trouble finding a way to add perspective to it. I tried adding some vignetting, but that didn't seem to help really... It appears to just drop off like a fold or something. Have I been looking at it too long? Hoping y'all can offer some advice on things I could do to help it keep the perspective going... I appreciate all feedback.

(Yes, I'm painting another person's environmental art piece. Yes, I know it's silly.)

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Old 07-18-2017, 11:59 AM
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Re: Need some "perspective"...

It looks to me like your road and center-line stripes don't correspond with the other one-point perspective. IMO, the center line should be closer to the building to convey the sense of perspective of the road.

Adding some line work or passages which reinforce the one-point perspective should help with your issue.

Another help to reinforce the sense of perspective is to add a series of elements which diminish in size as the recede toward the vanishing point on the horizon line. The fence lines do this, but some added features would strengthen the sense of perspective.

Hope this helps!

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Old 07-19-2017, 02:12 PM
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Re: Need some "perspective"...

subtle tweaks could help, like trimming the lumps from the distant edge of the road and making the farther stripe more narrow than the near stripe.

is the plan to have the rust ground so flat and smooth? a natural well placed array of small rock and gentle bramble can go a long way towards adding to the illusion of perspective.

who's work are you studying and how did they deal with the issue?

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Old 07-19-2017, 03:05 PM
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Re: Need some "perspective"...

Thank you both! I've been playing with perspective shading on the road and clay a bit which does seem to be helping!

this is an environmental installation you can visit in Marfa, Texas. It sits just like this, right off the road...
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:01 AM
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Re: Need some "perspective"...

The issue is indeed your perspective. Right now you are using a one point perspective where the lines are not moving back to one single vanishing point. They are moving to multiple points. They should all converge back.
Using a one point perspective is normally when you want to create a strong tunnel effect and in many ways its harder to do than two point, as the compression of vertical lines is very high the further they move from the cameras FOV(Field of View).

I have done an overlay for you to explain where your lines should be and your fence. The distance between the fence posts was not correct. I am guessing you used the "eyeball" technique to work out your perspective.

Finally, you may want to change the clouds, as they appear flat and two dimensional. Try to have them follow your perspective for a more dynamic painting. Best of luck.

Hope it helps you, and good luck.
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:30 AM
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Re: Need some "perspective"...

Hello, would it also help to add a titch of perspective to the centre lines? As well, to remove the reflection edge at the curb - our brains are so suggestible, thinking that bright stripe at the far side of the road for a curb is for a turn in the form, like a cube ... just some suggestions, hope they help.

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