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The Perspective of a Circle

 

The Perspective of a Circle (tone drawing)
The Perspective of a Circle (line drawing)
 
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A circle in perspective is called an ellipse. The drawing of ellipses is controlled by rectangular perspective.

Our drawing above of an ellipse illustrates this technique. There are two distinct stages in its creation:

fig.1. The circle is first visualized in plan form on a flat square grid. Each section of the grid contains one quarter of the circle.

fig.2. The square grid is distorted according to the laws of perspective. The circle is then redrawn onto the distorted grid to create an ellipse. (swipe the image back and forward to view)

The diagonals of the grid have been drawn on both illustrations to help with the plotting of the circle and ellipse.

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'Tomato Soup' (1962) by Andy Warhol.

'Tomato Soup' (1962) by Andy Warhol.

 

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