Skip to content

Three Ways to Create Depth in a Painting

January 27, 2013

Three Ways to Create Depth in a Painting

By Becky Joy

There are three ways to create depth in a painting:

1. Linear Perspective.

2. Aerial Perspective.

3. Separation of Planes.

Linear perspective: Linear perspective

Is the use of intersecting lines drawn vertically and horizontally that radiate from one point (one-point perspective, two points (two-point perspective) or several points on a horizon line from a viewer’s position. These lines create three dimensional space and depth on a two-dimensional surface.


Aerial perspective or atmospheric perspective:Aerial perspective

Is the effect the atmosphere has on the appearance of an object as it is viewed from a distance. As the distance increases between the foreground and the background, the distance becomes cooler in temperature, less contrast between light and dark and less saturated in color (grayer). The colors in he foreground are warmer, more contrast and more saturated in color.

        (© 2013 Becky Joy “Birds of a Feather” oil 16 x 20 inches)



Separation of planes: Separation of planes

Is the overlapping of shapes and their relationship to each other.

They will become progressively smaller as they recede.

If you overlap shapes instead of placing them side-by-side, you will automatically see depth

(see on the right).

Submitted by Janet S.








No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: