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How to Paint Perspective with Acrylic

Learn how to paint perspective using acrylic paint from painter Linda Rhea in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville and New York. We going to demonstrate perspective by adding a small road to our painting. And we're going to show how the road disappears at the vanishing point. What you want to do is make sure that you establish a point where the road is going to go out of the painting. I'm going to choose this little spot right here. And I'll just put a mark there so you can see it. I also want to make sure that the road has a place where it enters into the painting. I'm going to bring it about right here so that it clears the root of the tree. So, I'm going to make it very narrow towards the end of the painting where it vanishes out of sight. So, that's going to be the narrowest point. I'm going to draw the line. This is the top line of the road. And then the bottom line of the road is here and it's going to get thicker and thicker as it comes towards us. As I fill it in you'll be able to see the perspective better. Now, we're going to add another element that will explain perspective a little bit better, as well. We're going to put a small fence going beside the road and out of our vision. So, what I'd like to do is take some of my brown paint and I'm gonna start the little fence about right here. And I'm going to put one of the post in right here. Now, as the fence gets further away from us the post will get shorter and also they will appear to be closer together. So, our next post is going to be a little bit shorter than the first. Our next one will be even shorter. And then they start to get closer and closer together. We'll also put the rails on it and what I want to do is just make the line go equal distant from one line to the next all the way back. I'm going to let it just trail off and look almost like there's nothing there. That makes it look like that it's getting smaller and smaller towards the background. I'll put another one here. And those are some basic principles of perspective.

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