O'Reilly logo

Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Approach, 5th Edition by John Montague

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

12

AERIAL PERSPECTIVE

Aerial perspective is the effect of atmosphere on the perception of depth and distance. As particulate matter in the air gradually builds up over distance, the light reflecting off a particular object is filtered out to a greater or lesser degree. As a result, bright objects become duller and sharp edges become less distinct. At the same time, changes occur in the hue and saturation of colors.

image

Even on a relatively clear day, the mere accumulation of atmospheric density can signal to the viewer that one object is farther away than another.

Without regard to the linear perspective of a scene, the clarity of lines and surfaces alone can suggest their relative position in space (see page 7).

image

As a compositional tool, aerial effects can also be used to focus attention on one area while subduing another by fogging out secondary and peripheral areas and objects.

image

HOW AERIAL PERSPECTIVE WORKS

Any sort of particulate matter in the air, from dust to raindrops to snow, will block the light bouncing off an object, limiting what reaches the eye.

image

The closer together these particles ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required