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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Six Ways to make your artwork look three dimensional

The six ways to make your artwork look three dimensional

1) Overlapping (Objects in front partially hiding objects in back).

 2) Shading (Shading gives an object a sense of three dimensional volume)

3) Placement in relation to the horizon line (Objects below your eye level look farther away if the bottom edge of the object sits higher on the page)

4) Size (If two objects are the same size, the one farther away will appear smaller)

5) Value and focus (atmospheric perspective) Draw far away objects more lightly, use more faded color and use less detail

To learn more about atmospheric perspective, please click here and here.

6) Linear Perspective (Lines appear to converge as they go off into the distance, meeting at a vanishing point on the horizon line)

To learn more about one point linear perspective, please click here, here, here and here.
To learn more about two point perspective, please click here.

Below is a time lapse video of me, drawing a landscape using two point perspective. How many of the 'six ways to make your artwork look three dimensional' can you identify in this video?


  1. One of the best way that many people would wanted to know. At least, they can be able to promote some new way and technique in making their own drawings to look 3 dimensional.

  2. Hey very nice blog!

  3. Great article.