Perspective is the way we seeing things from our point of view. This video discusses in detail how perspective, specifically ‘Linear Perspective’, influence our Bonsai Drawing and our Bonsai development. We begin with a fundamental understanding of one-point and two-point perspective. I show how of a horizon line and vanishing points originate from our point of view and how objects occupy our ‘Field of View’; i.e why objects look larger the closer they are to you.
Applying perspective to our drawing gives the artist the technique for showing objects in space; I illustrate this using a Bonsai Pot. When drawing a Bonsai Tree showing the pot accurately in space can give the drawing a sense of reality. The video also discusses in detail ‘Foreshortening’ and how that influences Bonsai Artist to develop Bonsai Trees with large bases and exaggerated taper. In addition, the concept of perspective also plays a role on how l we layout our Forest Plantings called ‘Saikei’. The video finishes with a short demo on how I trim my forest plantings and how perspective influences my decision making.
Though perspective is conceptually “easy” to understand, practically it can be very difficult to apply. My goal in this video is to remove some of that complication and provide a simple way of applying it to our drawing and bonsai development.