*STANDARD DISCLAIMER* I’m not handing down life lessons or trying to assert that there’s a ‘correct way’ to draw. I’m just trying to make perspective more approachable for thems that want to tackle it.
Okay. Let’s do this.
1. Understand what perspective is and what it’s for. Stay away from rulers while you get comfortable.
Everyone struggles with perspective because 1. it’s not well or widely taught and 2. artists tend to see linear perspective as a set of rules rather than a set of tools.
Linear perspective is a TOOL we use to create and depict SPACE. That’s it. That’s all it is. Your goal is not to draw in ‘accurate linear perspective.’ Stay away from the ruler and precision for as long as you can. Your goal is to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Perspective is just a tool to help you construct and correct that space.
2. Know in your bones that you can ONLY learn to draw in perspective through physical practice. There is no other way.
Grab some paper and draw with me. If you match me drawing for drawing you will be more fluent in linear perspective and spatial drawing by the end of this post. Unfortunately if you don’t, you won’t be.
3. Sketch around in rough perspective. NO RULERS.
So let’s make some simple space. let’s start with a two dimensional surface…
K. We have a flat, 2D surface. Let’s create some depth by putting a vanishing point in the middle, and having parallel lines converge towards it. Make a gridded plane inside that space.
Good. Let’s make that space meaningful by adding a dude and a road or something. (Again, parallel ‘depth lines’ will converge into the vanishing point along the horizon)
And now we have the rough illusion of some space. I didn’t use any rulers, and it’s not perfectly accurate, but we got our depth from that vanishing point right in the middle of the page. And since we have a little dude in there, we’ve got human scale, which allows us to gauge the size of the space we’ve created. Gives it meaning.
You need people or cars or some recognizable, human-scale THING in there as a frame of reference or your space won’t mean much to your viewer. Watch. We can make that same basic space a whole lot bigger like this:
Same vanishing point in the same place, completely different scale, and a totally different feeling of space. Cool, right?
3. Sketch around in rough perspective MORE. STAY LOOSE.
See what sort of spaces and feelings you can create with vanishing points and gridded planes on a post-it or something. Super small, super rough. Feel it out. Pick a vanishing point or lay out a grid in perspective, and MAKE SOME SPACE. Do it. Draw, I don’t know, a lady and her dog in a desert. I’ll do it, too.
Good job. LOOK AT YOU creating the illusion of space! This is how you’ll thumbnail and plan anything you want to draw in space. All of my drawings start this way. I think about how I want the viewer to feel and then play around with space and composition until I find something that works.
Once you have a sketch you like, and space that you feel, THEN you can take out the ruler and make it more accurate and convincing.
4. Draw environments from life.
I cannot stress this enough. Draw the world around you, try to draw the shapes and angles as you see them, and you will ‘get’ how and why perspective is used. Use something permanent so that you’ll move fast and commit. I usually use black prismacolor pencil.
You’ll learn or reinforce something with every drawing. I learned a lot about multiple vanishing points from this drawing:
Learned from the receding, winding space I tired to draw here:
Layered, interior spaces:
You get the idea.
Life drawing will also help you develop your own shorthand and language for depicting textures, materials, details, natural and architectural features, etc. Do it. Do it all the time. Go to pretty or interesting places just to draw them.
Take a second and just draw a quick sketch of whatever room you’re in.
5. Perspective in formal Illustration: apply what you’ve learned.
1. I always start with research. For this particular location I looked at Angkor Wat.
2. Once I had enough reference, I did a bunch of little thumbnail sketches with a very loose sense of space and picked the one I liked best.
3. Scanned the thumbnail and drew a little more clearly over it. Worked out the rough space before using formal perspective.
4. Reinforced the space with formal perspective. I dropped in pre-made vanishing points over my drawing. If I were drawing in real media here’s where I’d get out the ruler to sketch in some accurate space.
5. Drew the damn thing. Because I do my research, draw from life, and am comfortable drawing in perspective, I can wing it. I just sort of ‘build’ the ruins freehand in the space I’ve established, keeping it more or less accurate, experimenting and playing with details along the way. I erase a lot, too, both in PS and when drawing in pencil. Keeps it fun for me.
And that’s what I know about composition and perspective. If you want more formal instruction on perspective and it’s uses, you can use John Buscema’s How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Or If you want to get really intense about it, Andrew Loomis can help you
very good, this.
i never walked the party line
hi dude! ok, i traced out how i see the main Chunks Of Horse.
they got weird pecs up front, that slot into kind of a pentagon shape. the biceps wrap around. there’s that kind of notch where the front arm/leg goes in at the elbow, which is almost always level with the ribcage/chest. don’t draw the front leg going too high up it looks super weird when people do that.
the butt scrunches in back when compressed by a standing or gathered back leg, and streches when the leg’s extended, but the top of the butt from the tail up to the hips is generally angular. also, the back ankle is a bit above the front wrist. it varies by breed.
note the deep triangular indents where the neck muscles connect to the shoulders, and again where the thighs/haunches and the hips meet under the skin. though the muscles of the butt and shoulders are bunchy and dramatic, the legs don’t stick out from the body until the elbow and knee, pretty much.
hope this helps!
like Terry Pratchett’s, but taken seriously.
#deep mysticism#deep deep mysticism#all rooted in darkness and stone; the ringing of the anvil and the closing of the mines#an anon once suggested that—since I love the idea of ofra haza singing all the lotr music#”I See Fire” would become almost a piyyut#and I haven’t been able to get that out of my head since#the idea of dwarven song ringing and ringing throughout the tunnels—religious songs sung int he round#to consecrate the halls and reach those deep in the deepest tunnels—they pray through work and the old deep words#and they pray to mahal the way the elves pray to elbereth#I think Gimli wears a little amulet around his neck—mahal’s hammer smithed in mithril#it’s a family heirloom; passed down from his father—who wore it when he was in thorin’s company#a good luck charm#most of them wear mahal’s hammer#whether etched into armor or in jewelry (notbecauseofvictories) #they may not be eru’s first children but they are mahal’s#and that is enough
father always tried so hard to shield your heart from mine
#nothing will ever come close to this movie#nothing has even tried#fetid stale dying faerie courts#incestuous halves of a withering dynasty#the angel of death puts in an appearence (notbecauseofvictories)#just before our misfit heroes go to the goblin market#there’s a german ghost and murderous tooth fairies and a prince of hell saves cats#a fish-man and a demon child sitting in a library drinking their broken hearts away#literally there is nothing else like or close to this movie#hellboy
Be As One (TV Size)
by Team Sohoku (Yasumoto Hiroki as Kinjou Shingo, Itou Kentarou as Tadokoro Jin, Morikubo Shoutarou as Makishima Yuusuke, Yamashita Daiki as Onoda Sakamichi, Fukushima Jun as Naruko Shoukichi, Toriumi Kousuke as Imaizumi Shunsuke)
that’s the cutest demonstration of wingchun i have seen my entire life
Gently demonstrating two dozen blocks, traps, intercepts and strikes in a few seconds — an early and advanced education for a child who will likely grow up with an acute eye and feel for how the body works.
OH MY GOSH I saw the video for this and nearly cried! The best part is taht she’s having fun but over time you can see she gets more and more serious about it and aahhhhh~
Wing Chun daddy, forever reblog. Oh hey, the video.