Vanishing Point

A vanishing point is one of possibly several points in a 2D image where lines that are parallel in the 3D source converge.

  • linear perspective is a drawing with 1-3 vanishing points.
  • curvilinear perspective is a drawing with either 4 or 5 vanishing points, in 5 point perspective the vanishing points are mapped into a circle with 4 vanishing points at the cardinal headings N,W,S,E and one at the circle origin.
  • reverse perspective is a drawing with vanishing points that are placed outside the painting with the illusion that they are "in front of" the painting.

Vanishing points can also refer to the point in the distance where the two verges of a road appear to converge. This is often used to help assess the upcoming curves in the road; to judge the radius and therefore the entry speed and optimum line. If the vanishing point moves towards you or to your sides, the curve is tightening. If the vanishing point moves away from you or comes to center, the curve is straightening.

  • One-point perspective projection.

  • A people mover at Frankfurt International Airport illustrating the vanishing point at the end of the tunnel.

  • Pietro Perugino's usage of perspective in the Delivery of the Keys fresco at the Sistine Chapel (1481–82) helped bring the Renaissance to Rome.

  • An example of perspective using two vanishing points.

Other articles related to "vanishing point, point":

Vanishing Point (Theatre Company)
... Vanishing Point theatre company was founded in 1999 by Matthew Lenton ... Vanishing Point's work has toured both within the UK and internationally ...
Architectural Drawing - Architectural Perspective
... Lines leading away into the distance appear to converge at a vanishing point ... All horizontals converge to a point on the horizon, which is a horizontal line at eye level ... Verticals converge to a point either above or below the horizon ...
Booster Gold (volume 2) - Plot
... A mysterious time-traveler stole a knife and attempted to unlock a vault at Vanishing Point ... Later, they go to Vanishing Point and give him a proper burial ... Elsewhere, on Vanishing Point, Booster's future self meets with Rip ...
Perspective (graphical) - Types of Perspective - Two-point Perspective
... Two-point perspective can be used to draw the same objects as one-point perspective, rotated looking at the corner of a house, or looking at two forked roads shrink ... One point represents one set of parallel lines, the other point represents the other ... the corner, one wall would recede towards one vanishing point, the other wall would recede towards the opposite vanishing point ...

Famous quotes containing the words point and/or vanishing:

    The cow’s point of view deserves more literary attention.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    The vanishing volatile froth of the present which any shadow will alter, any thought blow away, any event annihilate, is every moment converted into the Adamantine Record of the past.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)