|Extracts from.....PAINTING SCENERY FOR THE AMATEUR STAGE By Brian Willis|
|CHAPTER ELEVEN - PERSPECTIVE
"Oh my dear- how beautiful perspective is" Allegedly spoken by Paolo Uccello (1397-1475) to his wife, on waking in the middle of the night.
If Perspective is a closed book to you, then skip the following section. But I strongly advise you chat to a friendly artist who can give you a rough idea of how Perspective "works".
There are many books devoted to the subject, some delving deeply into the geometry; but you really don't need to know all that for our purpose.
A FEW EASY PRINCIPLES
A smattering of perspective will give you a very powerful tool to increase the realism of your sets.
THE SPECTATOR'S VIEW OF THINGS
|Transfer that simple observation to a backcloth for the Giant's Kitchen
in Jack and
the Beanstalk and lo and behold, you- and more importantly the audience
they are sitting- SHOULD be able to see under the Giant's table.
So what you see, and more importantly in our case, what you EXPECT to see, depends upon your observation point.... where you are sitting/standing in other words.
|So if we paint a scene as viewed from a certain angle, this forces the audience to also "see" our painting from that same angle.|
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