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Thinking about layers

September 1, 2009

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I oftentimes use the fore-ground layer to frame my views. Objects in this layer are carefully detailed and act as a “curtain” for the scene beyond.

Objects in the back-ground layer are usually sketched as outline images with very little details, e.g. the skyline of a city or trees in the distance.

The middle-ground is reserved for the “focus” of the composition. It is a “3 dimension” layer that tells the story and set the scale of the sketch. All objects within this “layer” are governed by the horizon and vanishing points.

From → Sketching

  1. daf permalink

    I like your illustrated rational analysis; the colors definitely enhance the readability of what you want to tell.

    • sketching journey permalink

      It’s a bit simplistic since all layers are in fact 3D layers, and they are interrelated among themselves. I like to keep the focus of the story of my sketch in the middle-ground layer, and usually in this zone the third dimension and the vanishing points have major roles.

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