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Foreshortening is a way of representing a subject or an object so that it conveys the illusion of depth; so that it seems to thrust forward or go back into space. Foreshortening's success often depends upon a point of view or perspective in which the sizes of near and far parts of a subject contrast greatly. Fundamentally, foreshortening is all about realistically conveying three dimensions in a 2-dimensional medium by showing objects moving away from the viewer. Being able to accurately draw objects receding in space will make a drawing or a painting more realistic and help pull the viewer in to the scene the artist desires to set.



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