Reverse Perspective

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Not all sorts of perspective are logical and easy to integrate into a drawing. Reverse perspective is one good example! Rarely will you see an image involving this type of perspective, except in old paintings!

This technique was mostly present in Byzantine art. In this tutorial, I will show you an example of a drawing using this unique perspective and what usage you could make out of it!

Example #1

reverse perspective

This drawing is a normal drawing using a two point perspective technique. In a normal image like this one, the viewer is invited to enter the drawing, to explore the world offered to him. It's almost similar to a first person perspective where the image is a reflection of what the viewer normally sees in real life.

Example #2

reverse perspective

However, in reverse perspective, the vanishing points are placed in front of the image instead of in the background, giving to the viewer the illusion of being invaded by the subject of the drawing.

Example #3

reverse perspective

In the third image, I have written on each side their exact location to give you a better idea of how the cube is drawn. 

Of course, while looking at this image, you might wonder how you could use this technique to create a drawing that is logical and pleasant to look at. If you are not planning on creating a world filled with distortion and optical illusions, it might not be very useful!

Example #4

reverse perspective

Yes it can! In this basic drawing, I have used the previous shape to create the nose of a space shuttle. This singular technique can be used to create objects that are, for example, narrower in front, but larger in the back. 

And this is only one example. I'm sure you can come up with other variations if you practice to use this obscure technique very often!

So like I said earlier, just use your imagination! Even if a type of perspective can seem useless at first, I'm sure you can come up with a something new if you really apply yourself and get creative! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! Have fun!


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