Cityscapes are the visual appearance of an urban area, or a landscape of a city.
In order for the cityscape to look accurate and correct, it is crucial for the perspective to be correct.
Perspective is used in art to represent 3-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface, like paper, or in our case, the computer screen. Perspective is used to create an illusion of space and depth on the flat surface in such a way where it looks natural and realistic.
Do Now; Cityscapes
One Point Perspective VS. Two Point Perspective
One Point Perspective
One point perspective shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a sing 'vanishing point' on the horizon line. The Horizon line is the physical or visual boundary where the sky is separated from the land or water. It acts as the height of the viewer's eyes when looking at an object.
Two Point Perspective
Two point perspective, also known as Linear Perspective, allow parallel lines along the width and depth of an object to meet at two separate points on the horizon line. Two point perspective allows for the objects to have more of a natural look while creating a true sense of space and depth. The Renaissance artist Leon Battista Alberti and architect Filippo Brunelleschi are credited with the 'invention' of linear perspective.
With the invention of computer based art, we have developed an easier and faster way to create artwork in perspective using Adobe Illustrators, Perspective Grid tool. It automatically creates the 2 point linear perspective grid that allows us to create buildings and objects with straight lines in perspective. You can easily adjust the viewpoint to be centered, high or low depending on what you are trying to achieve with your drawing.
Your Mission: Youtube Tutorials:
You will be creating an original, 2-point perspective cityscape using Adobe Illustrator.
Your cityscape must include the following:
- A Minimum of 6 different buildings (they cannot all look alike)
- The entire artboard must be utilized (include a sky, ground, details)
- Light source is used with appropriate lighting and shadows
- Two-point perspective is used accurately (use of the perspective grid)
- Color choice: Multicolored or monochromatic