4/5/6 point Perspective
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This topic made me think of this Calvin and Hobbes strip
Maybe this is what you’re looking for? Scroll down to the “Multi-point perspective” and “Curvilinear Perpsecitve” sections.
@danielerossi oooooh this is awesome! I'm going to grab this pdf! Thanks a bunch
You really only need to know up to 3 point perspective. A true 4 point perspective is possible with wide angle shots or story boarding where there is a vertical pan involved. Outside of that, it’s very hard or impossible to add other points. 5 and 6 point perspective doesn’t even exist (at least what I’ve seen). 5 and 6 point perspective shouldn’t be confused with a object that rotates in a regular 2 point system. That is still a 2 point drawing, even if those points have moved along the horizon line in order to have a turned object.
@Lee-White Lee, I so appreciate how active you are in the forum, and how willing you are to share your expertise and advice with us. You rock!
I just like how fisheye multipoint perspective looks, and it intrigues me on how it's done
When setting up the Advanced Perspective class on SVS (i.e. 3 point perspective) I came across this book cover image which uses a 4 point system. But this requires the use of a "curvilinear" system in which all the orthogonals (lines we identify as parallel in nature) don't converge on a single point, but rather curve between two points.
It's really cool when used properly, but as you noted your OP, fairly rare.
Something you didn't mention, but that I've seen more often in illustration (both children's books and editorial) is something I'm (just now) going to call "Cubist Perspective"
That is, the use of a perspective system that combines two points of view in the same image.
I did this in the book Just Like Beverly, in which author Beverly Clearly enters a class for the first time.
In it the viewer is looking at both the girl straight on and down on the class from above in the same image. I wanted to feature Beverly's reaction and the rigid structure of the class room at once. Using a 1, 2 or 3 system wouldn't allow that. (Fun fact: technically the overhead view is an "orthographic" perspective system, in which parallel lines NEVER converge on a vanishing point)
BTW, I got this compositional idea from an editorial illustrator Sterling Hundley, who used the same perspective approach for a portrait of president Harrison. The top half of the image shows Harrison straight-on giving his ill-fated acceptance speech, while the bottom half shows mourners from above 1 month later as he laid in state following death from pneumonia caught from not wearing a coat at the speech.
@davidhohn incredible! Thankyou David for such a detailed thoughtful response.
After taking the perspective class, I’m loving playing with vanishing points, and I want to try all the things, and learn all the different ways to create a piece. I love the curvilinear piece you shared, to me it’s magical. I really want to do the deep dive into perspective, even if it’s not a common use for childrens book illustrations.
@AngelinaKizz Just thought of an additional resource you could check out:
How to Draw
Drawing & Sketching Objects & Environments from Your Imagination
by Scott Robertson, Thomas Bertling
I have this in my library. It goes from basic to SUPER advanced. But may be exactly what you are looking for.
@davidhohn amazing! I will look for this! Thanks again David!
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@AngelinaKizz Yes I think this also has links to videos.
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@AngelinaKizz The content of the videos is very good!