Without a point of view, perspective can’t mean too much for our pictures. Those lines of geometric foreshortening that we think of as linear perspective start with, hang on the viewer’s viewpoint, which must also be the artist’s viewpoint. Julie and I explore this idea in three marvelous picture books: In a Jar by Deborah Marcero, The Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall, and Castle by David Macaulay.

In all three cases, the stories play with the related ideas of frame of reference and near and far. The authors created their own images. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into their knockout illustrations and our discussion!