Most people hear the word "foreshortening" and go, "Huh?"
Most artists hear the word "foreshortening" and run for the hills.
Perspective drawing tricks like foreshortening are some of the most powerful tools in an artist's toolbox, and the most difficult to use. They differentiate the masters from the mere mortals like myself.
This week, I've decided to face my fear of foreshortening and get a little perspective.
1. No Crying over Spilt Peas
Here's an ambitious and beautifully executed depiction of Mat's inability to stay out of trouble.
The scene shown here is from Chapter 2 of The Shadow Rising
, in which a bubble of evil strikes and his playing cards attack him.
2. Lan Mandragoran
This amazing Malaysian fan artist isn't afraid of perspective (and here's another great one he did of Birgitte Silverbow
3. Race to the Stone
I will never get tired of featuring this artist's work. Here's a fun one she did of Mat breaking into the Stone of Tear (Chapter 54, The Dragon Reborn
4. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn
by Ariel Burgess (ReddEra
on deviantART, and here is her Facebook page
The perspective on this painting is pretty subtle. Why have I chosen it for this week's theme? Two reasons:
1. Sometimes a subtle use of perspective is all that's needed. Notice how we're looking up at Rand, rather than dead-on. This technique forces us to take a subservient position, making him appear more powerful. The artist's flawless use of perspective and posture (and Rand's crazed exp
ression) makes this my favorite depiction of Rand--not just of ReddEra's works, but of all
the depictions of Rand that have landed in my Wheel of Time
art collection over the last ten or so years.
2. Ta'veren Tees just announced
they will be producing and selling official Wheel of Time
playing cards featuring this artist's work. So, a celebratory feature was definitely in order!