Chapter 3 Spatial Depth, from Energize Your Art

This tutorial is a transcription from a 2002 lecture I gave at the Courage of Your Perceptions Conference (Satellite to the EC’s Vision Scientists’ Conference) in Glasgow, Scotland.

The mastery of spatial depth in art has captivated audiences for thousands of years. From ancient cave paintings to contemporary masterpieces, artists have utilized various techniques to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. My curiosity led me to delve into this phenomenon, and I discovered the crucial role that transparency and contrast play in creating spatial depth. Through my research, I formulated the idea that transparency creates the illusion of forms receding into the distance, while contrast brings them forward to create a dynamic and captivating visual experience.

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