A close look to worm’s eye view

Worm’s and bird’s eye views – rise and fall! In here we are going to examine these two perspective types through skyscrapers.

Skyscrapers have many nice tips to learn for seeing things from top or down, giving the perspective effect and we are going to create skyscrapers step by step, though I belive life is out of those airless high floors.

Worm’s eye view

That perspective type is quite interesting just like bird’s eye view(which is going to be topic of the next post). For worm’s eye view replace yourself with worm or an ant and imagine yourself seeing things from very below. Be an Ant Man.

John Hancock Centre, Chicago

This photograph of a skyscraper is what I chose for the simple, before getting to a too complicated point.

What ever we will be drawing the first step is always setting the construction. That construction can be surroundings, too (I mean ‘negative space’) then the construction of the positive space. Don’t you ever start to draw a thing from a small part or a detail of a big composition.

So let’s turn to our drawing. We will build the drawing into that navy rectangle frame. 

SPIf you see in the photo, we don’t see the whole surface of the bottom of the building; so our frame cuts some of the vision. Then you can start adding the horizonal lines; you will add 4 horizonal lines to have 5 areas for those 5 steel ‘X’es in the photo. In here what you should see that the first area closest to us is bigger then the rest. Remember: closer is bigger(if we talk about the same size of object or repeating elements. While going up, getting away from the eye, the distance between them on paper will be less and less. I had mentioned the same thing on a carpet in my previous post, too.SPNow it is time add those steel components as ‘X‘es from corner to corner like in the left drawing above.
In real we have vertical steels but in the photo all of those vertical lines head to our vanishing point. The facade is divided into 6 areas by those vertical steel components and in here I numbered there from 1 to 7; and 4 is in the middle of the facade and intersects those ‘X‘es.
SPAdd thickness, all of the materials we see have depth, width and height. Don’t draw materials with a single line.
I want you to realise that those steel lines get thinner while aproaching to the vanishing point. Just one object; closer part is bigger/thicker, away part is smaller/thinner.

Also I counted 7×23 extra and thinner vertical steels in the photo inside every big rectangle section but I didn’t add to avoid a too complicated look in the tutorial. If you want to add the logic is the same. They will all meet at the red vanishing point on the top.SP

When you finished your main skyscraper it is time for the surroundings which is the sky here. I did it with drawing some horizonal and inclinational lines at some points and blending them with the help of one of my fingers.

Also add reflection of the opponent building and it is already ready.5''.jpgThis is the same building from a different view to see two facades, also an example for 3 point perspective. One of the vanishing point is up in the middle and two others are in the corners of the drawing frame. The rest is the same logic to draw inclinational lines towards vanishing points and so on.SPDelete your guidelines, add sky finally and it is done for now.

I hear you saying “Eee man, what about more complicated ones? Like compositions of skyscrapers?”
Well, then I say wait for the bird’s eye view post 😉

Have nice sketches!

Source of the John Hancock Center photo:

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