A Forest Fades Into the Mist

Employ geometric and atmospheric perspective to create a three-dimensional view into a brightly-lit opening beyond the trees (10 Pages and 18 Illustrations).

Fourteen trees are used to create the illusion of depth in this drawing. Assume that in reality, these trees are approximately the same size. However, according to the rules of geometric perspective, they need to be drawn of varying sizes. Geometric perspective helps create the illusion that the trees in the foreground are larger than those farther away. This illusion is enhanced by drawing the base of each tree progressively higher within the drawing space from the foreground toward the background.

Trees that appear to be far away from the viewer are rendered light in value and with few details due to the perceived presence of high levels of atmospheric components in the air (atmospheric perspective). Conversely, trees that appear to be closer to the viewer are rendered in sharp focus, and have bright highlights and dark shadows. Low levels of dust, pollen, and/or droplets enable the viewer to clearly see the textures of trees that are closer to the viewer.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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