The Horizon Line Determines the Position of the Objects

Perspective and horizon are used together. When you are drawing something in perspective, a line called the horizon line (HL) is drawn across the paper to establish the viewer’s location or point of view.

In the example below, the bottom rectangle is viewed from a height. The top and the two sides are visualized.  In the second rectangle, the viewer is standing in front of the shape. Only the sides of the rectangle are seen. In the upper rectangle, the viewer is underneath the box, looking at it from the bottom.

Pay close attention to the planes of the rectangle being demonstrated. 

The horizon shows the part of the rectangle that is seen by the viewer. The bottom, front, and top of the rectangle are demonstrated here.

The buildings in all these drawings put the horizon line at a certain level (upper, lower, and middle) and then the buildings are drawn either at or below the horizon line.

Can you tell which drawings are in two-point and three-point perspectives?

Don’t worry we will show you how to draw all of these drawings in future lessons.

Did this lesson help you understand this powerful concept? If you need some help check out the lesson on perspective

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