musing about art
Learning to do perspective drawing is one of the weirder skills you can learn, because essentially you're installing 3D rendering software in your head.
Or, even worse, reverse-engineering the 3D rendering software that came factory-installed in your head. And then getting it to let you do some things that it was not meant to do.
Perspective drawing is all about learning to consciously notice a lot of things that you weren't made to notice things about the unconscious process involved in how seeing works.
In global art history, it's relatively rare for people to invent perspective drawing. It gets lost and rediscovered a lot. Even then, it takes a while for people to invent different types of it. It's not all intuitive, and there can be some fairly complicated geometry involved. Actual 3D rendering software is based on it. We wouldn't have that software if people hadn't spent centuries working out the best methods for it on paper.
Sometimes painters who would go to rural areas to paint landscapes would end up getting chased away by locals who saw the paintings and thought it was witchcraft for stealing the hills.
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