Art Lesson: Creating DepthCreate the illusion of three-dimensional imagery. Mastering the ability to create depth in art takes practice and patience. Draw distant objects small than close objects. Incorporate the effects of atmosphere that decrease visibility of objects farther from the viewer. Reduce detail as the background diminishes with mountains and other objects appearing only as silhouettes. Other techniques to imply depth may include reducing color in the background to reinforce the concept... [see more] of distance between images. Warm colors appear closer to the viewer, while cool colors appear farther. It should be noted that a full range of colors might be unneeded. Using three or even only two colors can make a coherent image with an exceptional sense of depth.
In WYLAND ART STUDIO, marine-life artist and environmental conservationist Wyland — best-known for his epic series of 91 life-size marine murals — takes viewers step-by-step through the creation of one of his vibrant photorealistic paintings. Wyland works on canvas with non-toxic water-based oil paint to re-create scenes from the Pacific Ocean. His subjects include: bottlenose dolphins, orcas, seascapes, sea lions, coral reef, sea otters, turtles, Great White Sharks, Gray Whales, Emperor Penguins, pelicans, whale tails and kissing dolphins. In keeping with his eco-conscious approach to painting, Wyland closes each episode with a tip for helping the environment.