Friday, November 5, 2010

Building perspective

Ryan B. asks:
do you know how to usea T square to draw buildings
and buildings are hard to draw

Lue says:
I have been experimenting with how to line them up in perspective
have you put a drawing like that on FB
Perspective is the key to buildings
I'd have to think about that!
I have some coming up, though
the characters go inside a huge structure of unusual design
I want it to be "right" though the figures have silly faces.
So really, I would look up "perspective" online.
To do tall buildings, you emphasize what is furthest away as smaller.
You can also do rooftops, which from above would each be evenly spaced squares.
The master of drawing superhero action on rooftops is Steve Ditko.

Then Ryan says:
no i mean you mut show atleast 2 sides of the building
when you draw one

---right, and suggest a third dimension.
So it depends on where the "camera" is. If you are next to the character, in a window or on the wall, then the building recedes into the distance out of the panel. Look at the clock tower photos on my link...see how little of the side appears, yet you know you are looking at a solid building. Notice the shape as you look at the tower from below (it reads 5:07 on the face),

photo, Melanie Abney

then the other where you are below, from further below (2:12 on the clock face). see how where the camera is dictates the shape in the pictures? (photo, Kelly Perry)

Real life and photos of real buildings will help you uncover the differences in shape caused by perspective.

The one towards the bottom that reads, er, 4:22 or so is taken (by Pam Clark) from a distance closer to the foot of the clock tower, and further away from the face. The very last one I see, the clock tower's erect with a flat top from that perspective (Alisa Lesmez)
Glad I had a good illustration of the point on hand you're welcome.
So always remember: you are triangulating.
What is your distance from the ground? What is your distance from the object? How tall is the object? The hypotenuse demonstrates where you are in relationship then to the object. And that, is why we call it three dimensional!
Feel free to save the chat, too. I will. I need to use it to do a blog on drawing buildings.

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