Welcome to yet another art project involving perspective. However! This project not only teaches children how to convey depth and space in drawing, it also exposes them to the rich, fascinating culture of Aliens. You do believe in Aliens, don’t you?
- watercolor paper
- straight edge
- watercolor paints
1. Using your pencil and straight edge, draw a horizontal line across the middle of the page. Draw a little dot smack dab in the center of the line. This is called the vanishing point, which incidentally would make an excellent band name.
2. With your straight edge, draw two lines connecting the opposite corners, passing through the middle dot. These will be your perspective lines.
3. Here’s where it starts to get fun! Decide whether you want to make a road, a canal, a totally weird alien pathway, or something else in the bottom triangle. I made what can only be described as a super-cool futuristic walkway. Keep in mind that the middle dot is the furthest point you can see in the distance, and when things are in the distance, they appear smaller, closer together, and not in focus.
You’ll notice my walkway lines and the alien rocks are closer together as they go back, and smaller.
I even began to draw my buildings. (I decided I wanted this to be an urban alien scene.) Buildings are a great way to show dramatic perspective, because they are geometric, so their lines will naturally point right back to the vanishing point.
If you choose to draw buildings, start by drawing a horizontal line out to the perspective line to make the top side of the building. Angle the line down to follow the perspective line (this makes the top front of the building.) Draw your two vertical parallel lines to form the sides of the buildings. (Did somebody say Math?) Continue with as many buildings as you want or can fit.
4. Draw the rest of your fantastical scene, following the lines of perspective back for whatever elements you choose to include. Some ideas: trees, alien rock formations, a row of scary alien monsters, weird streetlights, alienmobiles. If you choose to draw a figure in the foreground, you can draw it from the waist up so it looks nice and close. Next, go over all of your lines with a black thin Sharpie marker, and erase the pencil lines that are showing.
5. Now is time to add color. When you are painting, keep in mind again, that you can be a little looser and softer as you get closer to the vanishing point. Also, look at my buildings. You’ll notice I have made the color on the fronts of the buildings lighter where more sun is shining, then on the sides. (This is a bonus tip.)
Okay. I couldn’t resist making a friendly alien, but feel free to make your ghoulish and gastly. I’m thinking older kids might want to use this project to create a zombie painting, full of carnage and blood….