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Perspective Without Pain by Phil Metzger

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Playing with Vanishing Points

So far, I've been pretty dictatorial. I've told you where the vanishing points are, period. But when you're out there sketching, you're on your own. How do you know where to put the vanishing points?

Let's assume you're beginning the drawing of a barn. First, you might lightly draw in the vertical barn edge that's nearest you. Then you could find a pair of horizontal edges that seem to be receding from that vertical edge to a vanishing point. Let's say the two horizontal edges were the roofline and the foundation line on one side of the barn. You'd hold a straightedge out in front of you and slant it to match the slant of the receding roofline, then move the straightedge to your paper (maintaining the slant) and ...

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