How can I build up an interesting perspective of an environment concept using a grid?
Fabia Zobel, Germany
Before I start laying down my perspective grids, I draw sketches to explore the composition and possible vanishing points. I take into consideration the type of perspective I want to apply. I decide on a three-point perspective to create more interest and drama – it makes buildings look taller.
I build up guides for the eye level and the vanishing point. Using guides means you’ll never miss the exact vanishing points with your Line tool when establishing vanishing lines. Make sure to check the Align to Guides option and use a new layer for each vanishing point, so you can adjust them.
To produce the second vanishing point I use Photoshop’s Vanishing Point filter. I create the grid for the plane where I’ve already set the vanishing point. Holding Ctrl while clicking the edge of that grid and moving it creates an orthogonal plane.
I use a Hard brush on 100 per cent Opacity to block in the silhouettes of the planes. Then I render the piece.
I recommend you get to grips with SketchUp, to establish your perspective and cast shadows more effectively, once you’re able to build up your own perspectives.
A three-point perspective can often offer more drama and