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Can you give me some ad­vice on cre­at­ing depth please? Vel­vet Tiger, US

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Donglu replies

There are usu­ally two ways to re­in­force the depth for your paint­ing: at­mo­spheric depth and per­spec­tive depth. At­mo­spheric depth mainly deals with the val­ues of the painted el­e­ments. The more the el­e­ments are fur­ther away, the less they’re con­trasted. This is be­cause of at­mo­spheric el­e­ments such as fog, rain or hu­mid­ity. To bet­ter un­der­stand the ef­fects of those nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena, do some tonal stud­ies. Put the de­sign as­pects aside and fo­cus only on the black and white val­ues by lay­ing down lay­ers of trans­par­ent greys on the fore­ground and back­ground el­e­ments.

The per­spec­tive depth is the depth in­for­ma­tion that eyes can per­ceive or an­a­lyse ac­cord­ing to the per­spec­tive grid that you’ve es­tab­lished in your paint­ing. By fol­low­ing the per­spec­tive, you can make use of the con­trast of the scale to fur­ther en­hance the dis­tance re­la­tion­ship be­tween the el­e­ments to cre­ate be­liev­able depth – a small fish­ing boat con­trast­ing with a huge build­ing, for in­stance.

By de­sat­u­rat­ing the orig­i­nal paint­ing, you can see how dif­fer­ent lev­els of con­trast are dis­trib­uted within the im­age to re­in­force depth.

You can see how all the el­e­ments are lined up per­fectly with the per­spec­tive grid, and how the con­trast of scale is used within the paint­ing.

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