I absolutely love playing with perspective. It is fascinating to take a photograph and draw perspective lines on it, just to see if all the rules are true! Sometimes, especially when we get into 3 and 4 point perspective, it seems surrealistic, that it can’t really be so. But our brain is a curious contraption that is capable of making sense of the seemingly bizarre. When I was a kid and was shown for the first time how the road or the railroad tracks end in a single point on the horizon, I was truly amazed.
This exercise is one I pose as part of a detailed introduction to my own students. The
most refreshing of these is one-point perspective. Watching everything in sight get smaller and smaller and converge on a single point is truly eye-opening. The challenge here can be increased by creating depth on the horizontal plane, as in the row of columns and arches below.
Two-point perspective is a bit more intuitive. Scaling down into the distance in opposite directions is something we easily recognize. Here I drew a barn and fence, as well as a chicken
But the most interesting of the three is when we add a third vanishing point, either at the top or the bottom. Here I did a classic lettering sketch and a transparent block stack. The transparency on the stacked blocks adds a deeper dimension interest and clearly demonstrates the connection surfaces.