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problems with finding eye level

Charline

problems with finding eye level
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:07:39 PM »
I use photographs to try to learn  to draw from, mostly old barns, old doors and latches etc. my problem is that i have a very hard time determining where eye level is. Also, how do u handle vanishing points that are way off the paper, do u just approximate them in your mind? Thanks for any help :-( Charline

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Re: problems with finding eye level
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 11:23:05 PM »
Photographs distort perspective, so they're not the greatest thing to work from. However, to determine the horizon it works if you adopt some sort of common sense approach. For example - I'm average height, and I'd be able to walk in that door on the side of the barn, so eye level is somewhere in the top half of that door.

Try not to over-think it; try to draw it as you see it.

Yes, vanishing points that are way off paper need some sort of approximation. The good news is, of course, that they're on the horizon (eye level) line.