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Step 4. Perspective part 2 - vanishing points and perspective lines

I only really learned this recently, previously judging things by eye, but vanishing points are important to make sure that things in your painting relate to one another correctly or your creation will look crappy. This is one the primary causes when something looks “off” in the painting.

In short, make sure you have identified a horizon line and a vanishing point on that horizon line from which perspective lines radiate to the side. Make sure that objects that are pointed the same way follow those radiating lines. Don’t give all the objects in the painting the same vanishing points though. That looks boring and fake.

For a more detailed explanation, go find a youtube video on vanishing points - there are a bunch of them.

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