Six Point Perspective

Ok, so you've been teaching perspective drawing for a couple years now and you're feeling like "gosh- I wish there was something more".

Well, Dick Termes has the answer for you. 2 Point perspective? Try 3. Or 4.

No? Five then?

Termes paints on Spheres, but more specifically, he paints from a perspective from the center of the sphere looking out in all directions. He describes this point of view as six point perspective. I have to say, however, that it gets a bit confusing. To his credit, he takes you through perspective one point at a time. With one and two point perspective we're on familiar ground. Three point perspective adds a point above or below, and four point perspective adds both of those new points.

Five point perspective is where I start getting a bit confused, and he's completely lost me by six point perspective. However, to his credit, I'm sure if he could explain it easily on one web page, I wouldn't have to buy his book.

For students who have a good grasp of perspective drawing, Termes offers an interesting challenge. His concepts on perspective, inspired by Escher, provide a unique way of representing and re-imagining the world, whether on a sphere or on paper. He also offers an interesting exploration of geometry from an artistic perspective*. For more information on the mathematical implications of his spheres, take a look at this article on Termes' work in Science News.

Revolutionaries don't stop at two point perspective.

*No pun intended.


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