For this exercise I reflected the aerial perspective using a very basic landscape composition that I researched for inspiration.
I explored three suggested ways of creating a illusion of receding space using my sketchbook:
Exploiting these three devices were all very effective in their own ways. I then went on to combine all three in order to see whether this was even more successful. I really liked the results and went on to explore this using watercolour, and later on a larger scale using acrylic. I preferred the results of the watercolour. However, I also favoured the mountains of the acrylic in comparison to the watercolour as I chose to separate them with tonal changes even further.
This is a perspective that I wasn’t really in a practice of using. However its a really successful approach to depth.
Initial sketches as discussed above.
Watercolour painting using all techniques listed above.
Acrylic painting, following the watercolour study.
Using a hard landscape to convey a linear perspective is quite successful. I chose a route that I often take at a point of day where the light wasn’t too overpowering. However at the same time it brought the depth of the streets to life.
Overall I am happy with the success and how well watercolour achieves what I wanted it to. It allowed me to make alterations with more fluidity, especially when trying to achieve accurate lines. Lines were very important to this subject matter which is why I spent time really investigating them before even attempting the painting.
I also spent time using pencil to explore the basic tonal changes within the light too. All of these aided me whilst I was completing the painting itself.
I chose to keep the format relatively small. This surprised me as I usually like to work on a much bigger scale. However this is something that I am going to enjoy doing more in the future as it really suited the content of the piece.