Angled shots can illustrate what a character is looking at from their vantage point. So if you have a character sitting at a desk, your next scene could be an angled shot of them looking at someone or something that has just entered the room. Birds-eye, aerial views show the vastness of a scene, and draw the viewer’s eye into the scene. This type of view is great when trying to create a real sense of drama.
As an illustrator, you need to think about how you want to engage your viewer. You have the freedom to create things from any character’s point of view; from low on the ground to an aerial perspective; from realistic to exaggerated and fantastical. It all depends on the mood you want to create, and the character you want the viewer to focus on. The point of view doesn’t have to be from a live object either. For example, there is a great illustration from the Mona Lisa’s POV. This painting shows a crowd of people standing in the gallery. They are looking straight on into what is perceived to be Mona's perspective.
How to create interesting perspective and POV
- Composition – are you varying the layout and POV?
- Focus – are you drawing the viewer’s eye to where you want to focus their attention?
- Mood – does the angle and POV of your illustration elicit the correct emotion for the scene?
Making an actual model of your character allows you to look at it from different angles and points of view. Learning to draw single, two and three point perspective also helps. These tricks enable you to illustrate without having to dangle from a helicopter or lie on your back-side in the middle of oncoming traffic. You can then skip the trip to the ER.