Tutorial: Creating Depth and Space pt1

January 19, 2017


I love to look down a path. I wonder about the mystery of what lies just beyond my view. Creating that illusion of depth, the feeling of walking into another world through a sketch or painting or any two dimensional artwork is not as hard as it might appear.
Photo by Julia Wade
Think for a moment about the three dimensional world we live in. Every day we look out a window into the distance or move through the space of our home. As we try to interpret what we see and experience in a piece of art, there are many techniques that help us to create the illusion of depth in space on a flat surface.
Pathways by Lyric Kinard
Take a look at this tiny quilt.  Even though each piece of fabric representing a tree becomes smaller, our mind interprets it as a line of similarly sized trees receding into the distant landscape. The tree shapes also overlap one another and as the path recedes the trees are placed farther up within the frame of the work.  
The simplest devices to show depth are SIZE, OVERLAP and VERTICAL PLACEMENT. The closer an object is to us the larger it appears so it stands to reason that if you have similar elements and you increase their size, the larger ones will appear to come forward. 
See? Not so hard. Check back here next week for a little tutorial on perspective and vanishing points.
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    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Lyric, thanks for posting this. I recently started following your blog and I love it! I have your book art + quilt and I have found it tremendously helpful. I very much admire your work. Thank you for sharing all that you do!

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