How to Get Better at Drawing: Foreshortening & Perspective

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

If there is one thing I wish I knew about drawing before I got started it would be perspective and foreshortening.

Perspective describes "the art of representing three dimensional objects on two dimension surface so as to give the correct impression of their height, width, depth and position in relation to each other." Google, 2019

Similarly, foreshortening refers to "the art of representing something so as to appear closer than it is or as having less depth or distance, as an effect of perspective or angle of vision." Google, 2019

Understanding these elements is one of the most important things you can do to get better at drawing instantly,

yeah instantly I'm not kidding!

You see, most beginner artists and even some advanced ones, seem to underestimate how vital and impactful these elements are.

In real life, everything we perceive in a way or another is always affected by perspective, and often if not always, exhibits an instance of foreshortening in one of its elements. It is absolutely essential to account for this when you are drawing!

Contemplate the following example for a moment:

Eyes drawn in perspective