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For Panofsky, the transition from the old to the new system was a paradigm shift. As long as a perspectival paradigm is upheld, artists will construct their pictures in that system. If we follow Panofsky so far, one question remains: is the vanishing point system still the uncontested paradigm today, or has another shift occurred in the last 85 years?
And yet, see how he constructs perspective in the first panel on the second page:. If we trace the lines indicated by rows of windows or sidewalk seams traced in red by myself here , which would be parallel to each other in real three-dimensional space, they converge in a single vanishing point when Hernandez Walta projects them onto the two-dimensional space of his panel.
Furthermore, this vanishing point is at the same location in the picture as the head of the character Warbird, the protagonist of this story. This comic book is full of such obtrusively constructed vanishing point perspectives, often including floor tiles or other grid patterns that help to convey a feeling of depth.
However, this is not the only perspectival system employed by Hernandez Walta. In several panels, he switches to isometric projection. For instance, in the third panel on p. Parallel lines formed by the furniture in the depicted room assuming the furniture is meant to be rectangular and arranged in parallel stay parallel in the projection — they never converge even if we extend them beyond the panel borders. Overall, the predominant perspectival construction system in Astonishing X-Men 57 is still the vanishing point system.
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Erwin Panofsky’s perspective as symbolic form – in comics?
Perspective in Panofsky's hands becomes a central component of a Western "will to form, " the expression of a schema linking the social, cognitive, psychological, and especially technical practices of a given culture into harmonious and integrated wholes. He demonstrates how the perceptual schema of each historical culture or epoch is unique and how each gives rise to a different but equally full vision of the world. Panofsky articulates these distinct spatial systems, explicating their particular coherence and compatibility with the modes of knowledge, belief, and exchange that characterized the cultures in which they arose. Our ownmodernity, Panofsky shows, is inseparable from its peculiarly mathematical expression of the concept of the infinite, within a space that is both continuous and homogenous. His books include "Sensuous Worship" Princeton.
Perspective as Symbolic Form