Unusual Perspective in Graphic Narrative

by graphicnarrativemum

Photographer Richard Silver captures an 180 degree perspective photographing Grace Church  in New York City. Graphic Narrative can also use perspective to interesting advantage: looking up, looking down, showing panoramic views next to close-ups, medium shots and long shots, etc. There is a book called Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up, which is highly recommended if you want to learn more on this subject. Here a blog review of it with photos and video link: Blog Review Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics.

Here a few examples of unusual perspective in graphic narrative or comic panels:

Medium Shots and Close Ups

Using foreshortening

Foreshortening is a technique used in perspective to create the illusion of an object receding strongly into the distance or background.

Paul discussed 2 point perspective, but you also have 3 point perspective. Three-point perspective is usually used for buildings seen from above (or below). In addition to the two vanishing points from before, one for each wall, there is now one for how those walls recede into the ground. This third vanishing point will be below the ground. Looking up at a tall building is another common example of the third vanishing point. This time the third vanishing point is high in space. Three-point perspective exists when the perspective is a view of a Cartesian scene where the picture plane is not parallel to any of the scene’s three axes. Each of the three vanishing points corresponds with one of the three axes of the scene. Image constructed using multiple vanishing points.

More on Comic Art Terms: Comic Art Terms.

Close Ups in Logicomix

Long shot view in Logicomix (with characters walking through time without panel divisions)

Panoramic bird’s eye view in Logicomix

Have fun playing with unusual perspectives!