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Perspective for Dummies 2 by mayshing Perspective for Dummies 2 by mayshing
Page 1: [link]
Page 2: [link]
Page 3: [link]
Page 4: taken down cuz its not needed.
Page 5: [link]
Page 6: [link]

Time to prepare for this tutorial: 1 year
Time to make the tutorial: 6 hours
Purpose of the tutorial: To help beginners, or people who struggle with drawing perspectives to get a start in apply it.


I feel quite accomplished being able to finish this tutorial now. I promised this since last year, it was a challenge to even start to make it.
Honestly, I don't feel I am good at perspective, but it seems like I am good enough to teach some basics.

There are plenty of tutorials on perspectives out there, but not everyone can apply the technquies after they learn them.
I hope this tutorial will help out the majority of the artists who started drawing with characters first like I am.

Other recommanded tutorials: From easy to hard

:star: Interactive Perspective
:star: Introduction to Perspective
:star: Eye Level
:star: Spherical Perspective


EDIT: Took out the example with problematic execution.
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:icon12starlings:
12starlings Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
cool tutorial, but other then interactive perspective your star links aren't working <:3
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HollowedDoll Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
A user friendly tutorial, thanks!
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PetriFYI Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It seems to me that you drew a character and afterwards tried to figure out the perspective, only the character is not in proper perspective so your attempts are doomed to fail.
In all honesty I think you do seem to be able to draw in perspective yourself but you don't undestand perspective well enough yet to teach it to others. You will only end up confusing a lot of people and slowing down their progress.

Here's what I mean:

1. You shouldn't draw the character first and then decide where the horizon line is because the position of the horizon line affects what the character looks like. If you want to get it exactly right draw the horison line before anything else.

2. The character you are using in your examples isn't in correct perspective itself. The lines you drew illustrate this fact very clearly. His feet are seen from the front (like he was almost standing on the horizon line)and his upper body from an angle above. This is an impossible pose for a human.

3. I think the perspective is way too steep. If you did try to draw the feet according to this perspective they would propably look distorted. You would benefit from placing the vanishing points far outside the image. And I mean very far.

4. Your vanishing points should always be on the horizon line. In this case they are not.

Whew.. This is taking me forever to write. :) So what I'm saying is if I were you I'd fix the mistakes or possibly take the tutorials offline. Cause what is the point of having confusing tutorials out there when there are a few existing ones that are perfectly fine. I hope you don't take offence on any of this cause I'm being very sincire.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Following my previous reply, in reguard to theory, using character first is basically using subject first, similar to out door sketching perspective trying to find the H-line. Then everything should fall in place.

Most people who originated from character drawing have the trouble (including myself) on finding the H-line, but they have the habit of getting out the characters first, and many who studied anatomy and basics have developed to the point of having the character in the correct perspective while their scenery tend to have a different perspective.

This method I am using is exploratory, there ARE problems that can come with this method that I haven't addressed. Ideally, setting the H-line should be the first step, but that doesn't always happen.

Thanks to your comment I have more motivation to address the blind spot that may come with this method, and update my tutorial.

:thanks:
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mayshing Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional Filmographer
This one is probably the worst page I have done on this whole tutorial. This is before I took my perspective courses in my art school, right now I also see plenty of problem with this page's execution. I will update it, but I probably won't back down from suggesting them to use the characters itself to set up perspective.
This one is probably the most careful execution in the set: [link]

Reason why is that many people learned barely the tip of the basics in execution, but never learned how to apply that to merge with their existing art, which usually is organic application, you probably know most kids started their drawing with a character slapped in the center, then they studied perspective but can't use it. If you could do a tutorial better than me to solve that problem, I sincerely welcome so, and I will take mine down if you could do it better. However, I don't see that kind of tutorial vastly avaliable yet, I will certainly improve mine and push to execute my idea better.
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RisingManes Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
This looks very detailed. Nice work! *bookmarks for future reference*

There's this problem: I cannot create perspectives for my characters. Think you can help?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Check on Tutorial 5 and 6. There maybe answer to your problem.
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kuricurry Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
.*sigh*. I'm used to drawing the eyes at the very beginning.. ~
And I'd love it if my drawings would seem a little more "interesting" ... when they're honestly not.. :rofl: ..

You're tutorial was a good help :nod: thank you for sparing the time to make this..
Although ~ I was looking for poses that had perspective in it... :tears: I just suck at those... :XD:
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mayshing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Filmographer
That, someone has done it: [link]
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kuricurry Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry for not searching.. and I thank you for linking my lazy ass to it... :worship:
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