Foreshortening or Forced Perspective

In my beginning art class, we had to do a couple of drawings studying perspective. These were some of the more difficult drawings we did. In quilting, there are techniques used to make the tumbling blocks pattern seem three dimensional by using diamonds instead of cubes and shading with fabric choice. In the first Lord of the Rings movie, extended version, there is a disc describing how using this technique created size differentials between characters when the actors were really similar in height. I loved the pictures where the seat between Frodo and Gandalf in the wagon was about 5 feet apart. By sitting behind Gandalf, Frodo appeared to be half the height of Gandalf. And the other day, I got a photo where Charlie is shrunk to half the size of Sophia.

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Now if I had tried to create that photo, it probably would not have happened. If your interested in learning more, check out this wiki page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_perspective

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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