How to Draw Cartoons > Perspective in cartoons

The vanishing point is not a place where cartoonists wish their editors would go. It is an expression used in connection with that myopic phenomena called "perspective."

Perspective plays a large part in almost any drawing and even cartoonists follow its laws.

This is the most ancient example of perspective and I blush to repeat it:

"All the telephone poles are the same size and the tracks evenly apart. But to the eye they are not. The poles and the tracks get smaller and smaller the farther away they are. This is called the vanishing point."

These might be the exact words of Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century if only the railroad had gone past his house.

A still earlier ancestor once noted that all the sides of this house are the same height but B is larger than A or C because it is nearest our line of vision.

Other savants have taken note that a boy like this isn't really bigger than his father -- he only appears to be! What won't they think up next?

Next: More examples of perspective in cartoons

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