Triple or Three Point Perspective

     Why would you use three-point perspective? Isn't two enough? The answer is going to surprise some of you. You can have an infinite number of vanishing points in any scene. Look at any photograph from a magazine and take your ruler and start to draw lines to each of the vanishing points in the photo. You will see many vanishing points from the horizon line to other places off into what seems to be space. Let's look at Figure 8 and we can see that the horizon line on the bottom is easy to see, but why the vanishing point in the sky so to speak.

     Let's assume that we are starting a drawing of a lighthouse from the water point of view. Also assume there is a large rock formation that the lighthouse is sitting on. So we are looking at it from the water (horizon) line below the rock formation up to the lighthouse. Using Figure 8 as the basis for our drawing let's begin the lighthouse. I will leave the Figure 8 drawing in the background so that you can see it. This is a very quick color sketch of a fictitious lighthouse but you can see where three-point perspective can come in handy.


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