How to Paint Wall Murals : Vanishing Point in Wall Mural Painting

How to Paint Wall Murals : Vanishing Point in Wall Mural Painting


IAN LOVEALL: Hi. I’m Ian Loveall. I’m here
with Expert Village. We’re talking about mural painting. So, once you’ve got a design that
you’re happy with and you’re ready to start putting it up on the wall, the most important
thing is the vanishing point. This is going to determine the perspective for the entire
piece, and this is what will either make or break the illusion of your mural. Now looking
behind me, this particular mural has a vanishing point that is right there. Now what most people
don’t realize, the vanishing point is the most important part of the mural. This is
going to set the perspective for the mural. What that means is it’s going to determine
the viewpoint that’s going to make or break the illusion. Now it’s hard to see on this
wall, but I’ve got a sketch here. It’s hard to see on the mural but I’ve got a sketch
here. The vanishing point is a point on the horizon at which all parallel lines converge.
So, for example, the balustrade, the tiles, the line of the roof will all converge at
a single point, and that is what creates depth in the picture plane. Now, generally, the
vanishing point is going to be at eye level. Now the vanishing point changes with your
perspective. It’s always at your eye level. Now, obviously, with a mural like this, that’s
going to be viewed from various positions–sitting, standing, walking by–you can’t just pick
one vanishing point that’s going to work from all those different perspectives. So, what
I do is I split the difference. Rather than place the vanishing point at eye level, I
place it at about 4 feet off the ground. This means it’s sort of the average between the
average person’s eye level sitting and standing, so you get sort of a good split in the middle
there.

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