Compositional Elements, Continued
Picture depth or perspective is the assimilation of three-dimensions on a two-
dimensional plane (paper or substrate). The suggestion of depth makes
scenes appear more realistic. You can control the illusion of depth in picture
areas by overlapping objects, using different sized objects, cropping closely
into scenes, or by using common props and directional lines to direct viewers
into the image. Linear and aerial (one-, two-, and three-point) perspective
are covered later in this volume. All of these methods should compliment
each other to form interesting compositions. Unless there is special reason -
for doing so, never place objects in a line or row, crowd them into a half or a
quarter of the picture area, or regularly arrange different illustrations in the
same design. Placing objects in varied and interesting patterns prevents
compositions from becoming stale and monotonous.
Figure 1-6 illustrates the use of a prop to create picture depth.
Figure 1-6.Creating depth using props.
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