View Full Version : Question on Perspective .... Again ....!

05-28-2007, 08:36 PM

I have a problem with perspective here. Well, not about citiscapes actually. It's about drawing scenes that involves places like wilderness, mountains, cliffs, and things like those. How do you people lay perspectives on those? :blink:

05-30-2007, 02:25 AM
Well mountains for me is pretty tricky but for trees and forests and stuff it's pretty much just lay out the grid and place trees and plants wherever as long as it is consistent witj your grid.

06-07-2007, 01:23 PM
of course there's a vanishing point consistent with every picture. But I think, only guessing, that since up in wilderness with lots of mountains and trees that since most objects out there dont have straight edges as buildings and things fount in the city, that you could freelance the position of things. Just make sure if there's characters you drawing that they are standing on a plane that is consistent with the vanishing point, and that the moutains and trees base are the same.
again.. Im no expert, that's how I'd approach it. good luck

06-07-2007, 03:11 PM
Use the hanging man way of doing perspectives when drawing people in wilderness settings.

06-07-2007, 04:14 PM
Great points and illustration J41.

06-07-2007, 04:42 PM
i was told by an art teacher that perspective isn't real and that if you lived in a jungle, where there are no wide open spaces you would have no concept of perspective as we under stand it. he said that there are tribes of people in s american rain forests etc. who wouldn't recognize perspective in a picture, because they never see that. so if you're drawing something in that type of environment, you'd probably lean towards over lapping to represent perspective--trees and vegetation probably wouln't grow in grid formation

06-13-2007, 11:29 AM
I don't have much to add, but I think it's important to have a good idea of your relative heights throughout your scene. You need to know how high trees and vegetation are in your scene; don't forget to think about how you can dramatize these scenes (like everything else, of course); and remember that you don't want obvious grids and such with things (straight lines of trees, etc.).

Justice41: Great image! The "hanging man" method is great--I use it almost all the time!

James Smith

06-13-2007, 07:15 PM
what i was going to suggest goes along with what xombey is saying.

don't worry about 'creating' the perspective, but go out and draw the landscape. if you're stuck in a city, then sit down with a bunch of photos of trees, valleys, mountains, deserts, etc and start drawing. after you've done a few of each you'll start to recognize the patterns that are happening within each landscape. you'll just learn how to draw them.

since perspective ISN'T real this helps you to learn how to organize these images in your head. the proportions, angles, distances.

simple stuff like this:


actually, i'd give the same advice for a city as well. for a while don't worry about the grid, just sit down with a pen or marker and draw what you see.

there's no quick or simple answer, really. except hanging man.


06-17-2007, 11:50 AM
If It's about doing landscapes maybe what you are looking to do is more along the lines of depth. Because lets face it. Drawing a car on a road that may have numerous small areas that are inclined, declined, dipped, flat, skewed one way or the other, would be difficult. What you need to do in that case is draw the vehicle house or any other man made element as best you can over what you intend to draw as the landscape.
Kind of like these sketches I did for a Jam comic over at PJ.
or this Rendering I did of a Log home in Colorado.

06-17-2007, 11:52 AM
More Perspective stuff.