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