Basic techniques – Eye Level

Understanding Eye Level

Understanding eye level and what it means will greatly improve your drawing skills. Whether you are drawing buildings or sketching a simple pot eye level will have an influence on your drawing. Essentially, it is best to imagine eye level as being the horizon. The way it works is that any horizontal line that you see that is above the horizon will angle down to the horizon and meet at a point. This point is called the vanishing point. Also any horizontal line below the horizon will angle up the horizon and vanish at a point on the horizon.

Where is Eye Level?

Similarly, curves will be come more curved the further away from the horizon they are. As you can see this can have a profound effect on a drawing or painting if you are not aware of eye level. To complicate matters further imagine the horizon being a horizontal line through your eyes. If you move up or down the horizon moves with you, hence all the angles and curves will change. This art tutorial explains all this visually step by step in a very simple way that’s easy to understand. It also explains how you can use a change of eye level to make elements in your drawing or painting more of less important. Really interesting stuff.

Check out my art tutorial on drawing in perspective which makes a lot of use of eye level and vanishing points. How to Draw with Two Point Perspective

The video is aimed at beginners, students and those who want to develop their drawing skills.

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