Several Perspective on Watercolour Painting

This time, I want to continue sharing a simple composition :

After we determine the focal point in a painting and where to put it on the painting area.


There are Linear Perspective and Aerial Perspective.

LINEAR PERSPECTIVE means that everything far is smaller than everything nearer to us – the painter or the viewer.

To help drawing, put a point or two on the horizon line. (if we put two points, do not be too close). Sometimes we need extended paper to draw the horizon and put the points, so the feature we draw will not look awkward.

The horizon line is equal to our eyes level. We can look the subject in the middle, higher (like bird’s eyes) or lower (like worm’s eyes) – the horizon will follow. So determine, how do you want your subject to be examined by the viewer.

AERIAL PERSPECTIVE means that everything far is fader than everything nearer to us – the painter or the viewer.

We must try the paint on spare paper before we put into our painting, if it is too thick, add more drops of water into the paint.

Sometimes it is easier to paint the nearest subject first (but still in the area for focal point) with the thick colour we want the painting looks like. Then go backward with thinner paint gradually to the farer subject.

The areas near the paper edge are less detail, even though they are the closest to the painter or the viewer.

Actually these perspectives can be used in drawing or painting with other medium as oil, acrylic and many more.

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