If you are not familiar with perspective, let me tell you a bit about it. Perspective is this neat technique that uses this little dot, called a vanishing point, to help us draw what our eyes see. In Ashley's work to the left, her vanishing point is on the back wall...now conveniently tucked away behind the bed post. Smart thinking, Ashley! By the way, have you ever noticed that a long stretch of road ahead of you seems to get smaller as it nears the horizon line? You know that it does not actually get smaller, but our eyes make us think that's the way it is. Artists often create art to imitate what they see in real life. When an artist draws items that go back into space, lined up toward this dot, it causes things in the back to get smaller. Therefore, it creates the illusion of 3-dimenisons on a flat piece of paper. As one of my student's commented to me, "You know, it's really amazing what lines can do!" Jonathan, I can't agree with you more.
I've included a sampling here, but there are many more on West Hardin's page at Artsonia for you to check out. Just click on the Artsonia tab at the top of this page for more information.