Perspective Art in the Park

So I went to Washington Square Park today.  Someone had left their sidewalk chalk there so I decided to have some fun with it.  Inspired by some really excellent perspective art I saw online I went and tried some of it myself.  At first I didn’t even know how to make what I wanted…or what I could do without a tripod or long string.  The first thing I tried to was to see if I could make a few holes in the ground.

Perspective hole in the ground

I was trying to make it look like three of the hexagonal tiles were taken away and a bottomless pit was below.

Perspective hole

Here I tried to make the hole 5 tiles big and only a few inches deep. The effect was there.

I was surprised at how well this looked.  This is where I decided to get a little more daring and try to draw something specifically at the viewers perspective.  I drew a few cubes with varying success.  Here is a cube that I made into a die.

Here is the die at just the right angle.

A die in perspective.

Perspective die not in perspective.

What I actually drew as seen from directly above.

This was not too bad for something done with just a piece of paper and a wooden stick I ended up using as a ruler. I also tried to draw a sphere. Generally I am pretty bad at cross hatching. The effect seemed to withstand my abhorrent ability to shade properly.

Perspective Spere

This is supposed to be a sphere. It’s a little lumpy and kind of flat at the bottom.

Perspective sphere on ground

This is what it looks like when you aren’t looking at it right.

So yeah, that was my spontaneous first attempt at sidewalk perspective art.  Next time, I’m going to go out there a little better prepared.  I should have had my laptop and maybe something like paint to sketch the stuff onto a photo to work from.  Also I didn’t really use “perspective” like I learned it in art class.  Some long string would have been helpful.  I need to look at some of the maths involved at getting the distances right.  Also some more different colors would have been nice too.

  1. Does it look like that from all perspectives other than right above?

  2. It only looks “right” when sitting at the point of reference. (I drew a pair of feet on the ground to keep the reference.)

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