# Thread: Perspective height of figure on an elevated platform.

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## Perspective height of figure on an elevated platform.

Hello everyone.

One of the pages in Andrew Loomis's book Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, page 34, bottom right corner has a box sketch showing the same figure standing on different ground planes (different planes of elevation).

I don't quite understand that sketch, he mentions something about dropping the measuring line to lower plane.

What's the trick to get the height of the figure on an elevated plane?

I got this:

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Loomis's explanation on anything perspective tends to be a little vague. The idea is to first construct a line measuring height from the ground plane, at the right position, that is, the horizontal position is correct, but it is not at the right level. Now, simply move the measuring line up or down, to get it at the right vertical position. As you are doing 2-point perspective, the height of an object depends on its position on the ground plane, its distance from this ground plane is irrelevant.

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Loomis's explanation on anything perspective tends to be a little vague. The idea is to first construct a line measuring height from the ground plane, at the right position, that is, the horizontal position is correct, but it is not at the right level. Now, simply move the measuring line up or down, to get it at the right vertical position. As you are doing 2-point perspective, the height of an object depends on its position on the ground plane, its distance from this ground plane is irrelevant.
Right that makes sense.

It's easier to understand when you put it that way.

Thanks.
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From what you show here and what eezacque said, the basic idea is to establish the person at the correct spot on the ground floor first, that would give the correct height at that spot, then we simply move the person up the required amount for it to "stand" on that elevated platform.

Thanks for clearing that up guys.

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