This week’s topic is “Illusion of Depth through Overlap, Size, Placement, Color, and Value.” According to the reading I have done, there are five basic ways to create a sense of depth.
- Size—This is the easiest way to create an illusion of space or distance. As objects get further away, they appear to become smaller.
- Overlapping—If one shape hides parts of another, our brain reads it as on top of or in front of the other establishing a sense of depth.
- Vertical location or placement—The higher an object on a page or format, the farther back it is assumed to be.
- Value (dark and light)—The value contrast between distant objects gradually lessens, and contours become less distinct. Greater contrast advances, diminished contrast retreats.
- Color--Objects that are far away appear more neutral in color and take on a bluish character.
I think this does illustrate the concept of depth by using size, overlapping, and placement; however, I should have used a darker color for the third circle from the top. If I had it to do over again, I'd also switch the last two little circles. I think the illusion of depth would have been more successful had the objects continued from light to dark. Also, I think the reddish brown circle is too dominant.
- “Which colors and sizes look the farthest away?”
- “What happens when you use bright colors in your foreground?”
- “What happens if you change the value of the colors in the background.”
- “What happens if none of the shapes are overlapping each other?”
- “What stitching lines could add to the illusion of depth in this piece?”
- “Can embellishments add to the illusion of depth? (Sometimes the answer is no.)”