Aerial Perspective, which is also called Atmospheric Perspective, is the effect that the atmosphere has on the tone and color of a landscape when it is viewed over a distance. It is a very effective tool for landscape painting and is a less complicated technique to learn than linear perspective.
Aerial Perspective combines four key elements to create the illusion of depth and distance in a landscape:
- The size of objects become smaller the further they are from the viewer.
- The details of objects decrease the further they are from the viewer.
- The tones of objects weaken the further they are from the viewer.
- The colors of objects begin to fade the further they are from the viewer.
This is a simple lesson that demonstrates the visual impact of aerial perspective. It teaches students how to build up a landscape drawing in layers, while using graduating tones and colors to convey the illusion of depth and distance.
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