With the threat of snow rapidly approaching, I thought a winter scene would be appropriate for this post. I found this graphic titled “Snowmobile ride” by Anton Fritsler on dribbble.com. I will discuss a few principles that give cues to the depth of objects found in the graphic.
Size is a great way to indicate depth. As demonstrated in this image, we perceive the guy on the snowmobile to be closer because he is bigger than the other people. Even if we do not know the size that something should be, objects that are bigger
Items that obscure other items appear to be closer. As shown above, the parts of the image that cover up other parts look like they are in front.
Shadows indicate where the light source is and an objects relation to it. In this example the moon appears to be in the background because the snowmobile is casting a shadow from it.
Size, overlap and shadows are just a few of the cues used to indicate depth in vector graphics.