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Perspective in Action

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  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 1
    Step 1

    BY SLIGHTLY ADAPTING THE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE GRID, YOU CAN DO SPHERICAL PAINTINGS ON NOT-QUITE-SPHERICAL OBJECTS, LIKE OSTRICH AND EMU EGGS.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 2
    Step 2

    I’M QUITE FOND OF THIS DOUBLE HEMISPHERE:

    USING MAP PROJECTIONS, YOU CAN ADAPT AN EQUIRECTANGULAR PANORAMA TO A FLAT PAINTING IN CURVILINEAR PERSPECTIVE.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 3
    Step 3

    ANOTHER VARIANT: YOU CAN DRAW HALF OF A SIX-POINT PERSPECTIVE ON THE INSIDE OF A BOWL.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 4
    Step 4

    ESSENTIALLY, YOU’RE DRAWING A HALF-SPHERE TURNED INSIDE OUT. THERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN APPROACH THIS EXERCISE: EITHER DRAW HALF A CUBE CAGE OR USE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE. THE POINTS WHERE THESE LINES MEET THE RIM CAN BE TREATED AS VANISHING POINTS. DRAW GENTLY CURVING LINES FROM THESE VANISHING POINTS THROUGH THE MIDPOINTS.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 5
    Step 5

    TO DRAW THE CUBE CAGE: FIRST, DRAW FOUR LINES BISECTING THE BOWL AND MEETING IN THE MIDDLE, DIVIDING IT INTO EIGHT SLICES.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 6
    Step 6

    MARK THE MIDPOINTS ON THE HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL LINES.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 7
    Step 7

    THE POINTS WHERE THESE LINES MEET THE RIM CAN BE TREATED AS VANISHING POINTS. DRAW GENTLY CURVING LINES FROM THESE VANISHING POINTS THROUGH THE MIDPOINTS.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 8
    Step 8

    THESE CAN BE SELECTIVELY HEAVIED-UP TO DEFINE THE BARS OF THE CUBE CAGE.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 9
    Step 9

    TO USE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE: FIRST, LAY A CENTER-FINDING RULER DOWN, EXACTLY CENTERED, AND DIVIDE THE BOWL IN HALF.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 10
    Step 10

    PLACE A PROTRACTOR WITH ITS CENTER ON THE CENTER OF THE RULER.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 11
    Step 11

    PLACE A SECOND RULER ON TOP OF THE PROTRACTOR, PASSING THROUGH THE CENTER, AND MARK TWO POINTS WHERE IT TOUCHES THE RIM.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 12
    Step 12

    REPEAT THIS STEP, MOVING THE RULER 10° EACH TIME, UNTIL YOU HAVE MARKINGS ON THE RIM ALL AROUND THE CIRCLE.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 13
    Step 13

    LIKE THIS:

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 14
    Step 14

    NOW, DRAW LINES PASSING THROUGH THE CENTER, LINKING THE MARKS ON THE RIM. ALTHOUGH CURVED, THEY SHOULD APPEAR STRAIGHT FROM ABOVE.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 15
    Step 15

    MARK EQUAL DIVISIONS ON ONE LINE, USING MEASURING TAPE OR A CURVED RULER.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 16
    Step 16

    THEN, DRAW CIRCULAR LINES AROUND THE INSIDE OF THE BOWL. IT MAY BE USEFUL TO ROTATE THE BOWL ON A LAZY SUSAN.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 17
    Step 17

    DEPENDING ON THE IMAGE YOU WANT TO TRANSFER, YOU MAY PREFER TO DRAW A SIDE VIEW OF THE GLOBE, WITH THE POLES AT EITHER END AND THE EQUATOR RUNNING DOWN THE MIDDLE.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 18
    Step 18

    IN THAT CASE, YOU WOULD START BY PLACING THOSE SAME MARKS AROUND THE RIM.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 19
    Step 19

    ADD THE EQUAL DIVISION MARKS TO TWO CENTRAL LINES CROSSING AT RIGHT ANGLES.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 20
    Step 20

    LINK THEM WITH GENTLY CURVING LINES RUNNING FROM POLE TO POLE.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 21
    Step 21

    ONCE YOU HAVE THE PATTERN DRAWN, YOU CAN TRANSFER THE IMAGE FROM AN EQUIRECTANGULAR PANORAMA TO THE BOWL, SQUARE BY SQUARE.I’M ASSUMING THAT YOU WILL BE PAINTING IN OIL OR ACRYLICS ON A WOODEN BOWL, BUT YOU COULD ALSO WORK IN GLAZE ON A CERAMIC BOWL.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 22
    Step 22

    I'M ASSUMING THAT YOU WILL BE PAINITING IN OIL OR ACRYLIC ON A WOODEN BOWL, BUT YOU COULD ALSO WORK IN GLAZE ON A CERAMC BOWL.

  • How to paint a painting. Spherical Paintings - Step 23
    Step 23

    IT’S A VERY COOL THING TO EAT YOUR SOUP OUT OF!

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