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liz

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on: December 14, 2015, 10:03:51 PM
Hi Dennis,
At 55:07 on the video or thereabouts, you talk about the horizon line.
Question:  Is the horizon the line that runs through the middle of the window? Would that be the eye level?
Thank you,
Liz


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Reply #1 on: December 15, 2015, 12:50:27 AM
Liz, it is difficult to explain here as the building at that point in the video has many windows and there is also a slight change in the normal perspective.

The horizon line is always at a point where you are looking straight ahead (horizontally). At the coast, no matter where you stand, if you look straight ahead, you will look right on the horizon of the sea. The horizon line will only go though a house if you are on a flat ground.If the house is on a hill and you are looking up at ti the horizon line will be below it - If you are looking down at a house, the horizon line will be above it.  Hope this helps.
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Reply #2 on: December 15, 2015, 08:39:29 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis, for your explanation.  I understand that the horizon line is from where you're looking- straight ahead or from the top or bottom view.  Since you drew the horizon line through the bottom window on the right side above the side walk, then it would be that the building is viewed from standing on the ground  a distance away to see the whole building.  I will look for an easy picture to try drawing perspective!  Thanks again, Dennis for teaching me how to draw!
God bless you during the holidays and the coming new year!
-Liz


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Reply #3 on: December 15, 2015, 10:32:50 AM
If you look very carefully at the nearest corner of the building you will see that the roads slope slightly upwards and away from you. Also you will notice that the horizon line is way above the heads of the people on the sidewalk. This means that the photographer set himself on a level much higher than the street level in order not to tilt the camera too much to reduce the vertical perspective problem.
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Reply #4 on: December 15, 2015, 07:11:54 PM
 :thankyou: DENNIS,  for your explanations that make understanding perspective a challenging study in itself.  The scene, the photographer's position when he takes his picture, and how he angles the camera sure makes it an undertaking to draw and paint buildings!  I like how you patiently draw the lines out to their vanishing points, and will practice the exercises and study your reference photos more.   :)
~Liz


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Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 07:27:19 PM
Liz, the study of architectural perspective is a major subject. In the lessons in the Paint Basket I have only scratched the surface. There is so much more I can teach, but that requires a large draftsman's board and it's attached swivel protractor and rulers. Too complicated for most people without technical skills. I am an ex-draftsman/ex-engineer of many years.
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Reply #6 on: December 16, 2015, 09:26:07 AM
 :thankyou: again, Dennis!  You certainly have the right kind of background to do architectural drawings and paintings!  My ambition is to one day do a simple impressionistic Venetian scene with a gondola, probably with only one or two vanishing points.  I had a small limited palette Venetian painting with background building on water, but somehow it was either given away or lost.  This happened many years ago when I took one of my first art classes at the YMCA.  Then I did nothing for 40+ years until I retired. I know I can draw and paint better today with the classes I've had on Paint Basket so I suppose I will have to wait for the Venice lesson in oil to come along!  :)
-Liz
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