Applying Linear Perspective

Employing linear perspective is a method of creating the illusion of three dimensions using receding lines. Because all the parallel lines of every object in a scene converge to one point in the distance (see page 42 for more on one-point perspective), the viewer’s eye is drawn in from the edges of the painting toward the center of interest. In the following scene, I use the converging lines of the side of a building and walkway to lead the eye toward the warm, interior, sunlit courtyard.

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