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  • Linear Perspective


     Linear perspective tricks our brains into thinking that we are looking far into the distance, even when we are viewing a painting or drawing on a flat surface. The easiest way to see how it’s done is to look at train tracks or a straight road. Far into the distance, the two parallel lines look like they converge at one point. This is called a “vanishing point.” Objects along these lines get smaller as they approach the vanishing point, suggesting distance. One vanishing point in a picture is the simplest form of linear perspective, but an artist can create more depending on how complex the drawing is.