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Thread: Need examples of paintings with two distinct perspectives of a landscape

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    Need examples of paintings with two distinct perspectives of a landscape

    I am trying to compose a painting with both a wide-view of a dark, dramatic landscape and a close-up of an interesting detail all in the same frame. Something like a diagonal, split screen view, but not with an obvious line separating the two views. Can anyone give links to some powerful examples.

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    I don't know what exactly you're after since a dramatic landscape covers a whole lot of paintings of different kinds of drama. I would suggest that there are some pretty cool landscapes painted for The Lord of the Rings. Forgetting the artist momentarily. One was showing (I think) Frodo and Sam being winged away by the eagles from Mount Doom in Mordor. Mordor has been painted a lot and often very, very dramatically. All you would need to do would be to zoom in and splice your own picture together. If you're looking for something that has done all your work for you it may be harder. Good luck.

    I guess LOTR has become an inspiration for all kinds of paintings. Here's one. Just search Google images. But this one looks like it's including several different locations from the book.

    https://www.walldevil.com/wallpapers...-the-rings.jpg
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    You might think of it as a kind collage of two (or more) photos of the same subject from different views without any hard edges between between the different views. Here is one with hard edges between 3 different views, supposedly of the same landscape: https://www.picmonkey.com/blog/wp-co...07/collage.jpg

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    "dramatic landscape and a close-up of an interesting detail all in the same frame. Something like a diagonal, split screen view, but not with an obvious line separating the two views."

    Since the reality of a landscape is that it can have any geological formation you want, the above could be achieved by having as a background whatever formations make up the majority of the landscape, and as a foreground (possibly imposing itself within the frame diagonally as you suggest) a single example formation which itself would include the interesting details of which it is made. So for example, in a scape of post apocalyptic buildings, one building in the foreground (possibly fallen down on its side and cutting the image diagonally)... that one building would have the further details of interest, creatures, robots, plant, weapon damage.. that you wish to portray. Of course the buildings in the landscape as a whole would not show the same level of detail. Another example would be a standard landscape made of trees etc. on hills and mountains... your foreground would be a hill or cliff or part of one of such mountains (possibly dividing the screen), and the details would be whatever your landscape is made of, but close up. For even more dramatic effect lighting could be arranged so that the foreground formation contrasts with the background.. i.e. if the sun is hitting the background landscape the close up formation could be primarily in shadow, or vice versa.

    Just a suggestion!

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    Some good ideas. Thanks.

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    May be just easier for you to do it from pieces you cobble together. I'm not really getting it. Sorry.
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    I think they want something like...

    "A sweeping rocky landscape stretches out to the horizon, with a rock jutting up to the right of the view with a little flower and a butterfly in focus". Close up detail and landscape combined. The trick is making sure that the closeup makes 'sense' (e.g. a bit of a rock, a passing bird, a tree branch), but doesn't take over the entire composition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahRage View Post
    I think they want something like...

    "A sweeping rocky landscape stretches out to the horizon, with a rock jutting up to the right of the view with a little flower and a butterfly in focus". Close up detail and landscape combined. The trick is making sure that the closeup makes 'sense' (e.g. a bit of a rock, a passing bird, a tree branch), but doesn't take over the entire composition.
    Yes -- two scenes in one. It could be visually very confusing if not done right. It has to be obvious to viewers that they looking at two different two scenes, and that they are related in an obvious way. Maybe it is too difficult. From the responses here, I take it that this type of composition is rarely if ever used by serious artists. Maybe it would look too gimmicky, or too much like some hokey movie poster?
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