Segmented Perspective

October 4, 2023 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I had a lovely catch-up with two sketching friends from Singapore – Lynnette and Sha-Ron. We all started sketching the view of the Old Clare Hotel (in Chippendale) from the other side of the narrow Kensington St – sitting in the shade on a warm spring day. But sadly the shade disappeared and this is as far as I got before we decided to stop.

As it was a narrow street and I wanted to do an expansive view I decided to use some distorted perspective. Recently I shared a curved perspective sketch of the QVB building but on this occasion, I used what I call segmented perspective.

This is a term I coined a number of years ago to describe a sketch where I use straight lines but change the vanishing points. It’s a very similar approach to curved perspective – I’m simply segmenting the curve.

In addition, this is a good example of my Pointless Perspective approach as well.

Just for the record, I didn’t consciously do any perspective setup lines while I was sketching (ie. what I’ve drawn in red on this markup) so it was fun to do this review and find out how accurate my instincts are.

I do this often but rarely think to myself ‘I’m doing segmented perspective sketch”… but due to the Live Version of Buildings (which is starting today- yay!) I thought it was time to finally get around to sharing this concept here on the blog.

And if you are wondering – yes I’m happy to explain this (and curved perspective) during the livestream of the Perspective Lesson inside the course.

It’s not too late to join the Live Version – although the first live session occurs Thursday 5 October 9am Sydney time (it might still be Wednesday for you) so if you don’t want to miss out on any of the live sessions you have to sign up now! 🙂

Find out more details here.



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