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    Bad perspective in this painting - but how do I fix it?

    This painting seems to have bad perspective, but I can't figure out how to correct it. Numerous sketches and planning hasn't gotten me any results. Can someone help me identify what the right perspective would look like?

    Thanks for your help.

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    They both appear to have their own separate one point perspective going on, and are sitting directly in front of their own vanishing point. I've done a bit of a grid-over to show what I'm talking about.

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    Thanks for your help David. I can see now that the vanishing points of each subject lie directly behind them since they are both seen directly at their sides.

    However, do you think that there is any problem with the level of the ground as well? It seems "off" to me.

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    The ground level is fine as long as you build your perspective correctly. There are a lot of much better explanations of perspective in books, and random google searches, but here’s a basic idea of how it works.

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    Thanks for the references. I am focusing my studies on perspective right now since I have such issues with getting it right.

    Is there a way that the eye level of this painting could be adjusted so that the perspective of (one) of the subjects doesn't need to be changed? I understand that I need to change at least one subject to match the vanishing point of the other.

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    Also adding some texture to the ground plane with the vanishing point(s) in mind will help add depth and believability to the scene.

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    Amanda, yes you can do what you’re asking, but you should know that it would probably be just as easy to start over. However, if that isn’t something that you wish to do, just match the dirt’s height to one of the horizon lines in the first image in my “grid-over” and build your perspective from there. The easiest thing to do would be to make the tree match the perspective of the eyedog, since the horizon line is already there.

    Definitely study perspective because it will make your life easier in the long run.

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