Understanding perspective drawing is one of the biggest challenges that creative people meet. This course takes the that challenge away and sets you on your way to being a creative perspective illustrator!
Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, you will understand perspective after taking this course! And, if you didn't know how to use GIMP design software, you will also become a proficient GIMP'er with just a few easy lessons.
This course uses real life photography to display the actual fundamentals of how perspective works in reality, and then breaks down the basics on how to use that knowledge to create beautiful illustrations.
Whether it be a simple greeting card design, landscape art, background art, or even just making art "for Art's sake", you will find this course incredibly useful for all of your creative endeavors.
Graphic Designers, Photographers, Creative Artists and Illustrators all find perspective to be incredibly useful as our understanding of space and depth can make a huge difference in the presentation of your visual works.
This course extensively covers all of the tools you will need to start drawing anything in GIMP with emphasis on the tools needed to create stunning perspective illustrations.
GIMP software is free and open-source without any hassle. Maybe you are planning to buy Photoshop, and that is fine, but why not try GIMP first? It's free! You can install GIMP on any computer, it is compatible with Windows, Apple's iOS, and Linux computers.
I will also be sharing my many years of illustration tips and tricks to help advance your illustration knowledge, both with slow step-by-step instruction and with time lapse video to keep you entertained through the slow parts.
As your instructor, I am always available, and I will do my best to make sure you overcome any challenges you meet!
I am looking forward to seeing you in class!
GIMP has the most flexible software interface. Let's take a look at the environment we are working in.
This lesson is the first part of two lessons which cover the fundamental tools we will be using to draw in GIMP. In this lesson we cover the selection tools.
This lesson continues from the last lesson on the drawing tools we will use in GIMP. .
This quiz will test your ability to understand GIMP's Basic Interface and Set Up Tips as they have been introduced in the previous lessons.
The first step to starting a new illustration in GIMP. Making a Canvas, or opening a New Image to work with.
This lesson cover using layers in GIMP and an overview of why layers in general are important for illustration.
Drawing perfect lines in GIMP is fun and easy.
The best way to draw shapes in GIMP!
Oddly enough, an often forgotten practice. Let's make sure we are saving files correctly so you don't lose any valuable work.
This quiz reviews the items learned in Section 3: Basic Drawing. Let's make sure you know how to draw in GIMP before we move on to drawing perspective.
This lesson covers the fundamentals of perspective in general, and then dives into One Point Perspective with photo example.
This lesson uses a photo to demonstrate the phenomenon of Two Point Perspective and explains perspective in more detail.
This lesson uses a photo to show how Three Point Perspective works and then summarizes our understanding of perspective.
This quiz will review some of the key content we covered in the Understanding Perspective section of this course.
Let's get starting drawing with what we've learned thus far.
A demonstration of best practices with Layers and getting started on our first perspective drawing.
A set up for our first perspective drawing challenge.
This lesson describes our first major drawing challenge. Read the details first and try the challenge before moving forward.
In this time-lapse video you can see how I did the Box Party Challenge myself.
This lesson will demonstrate the differences in drawing above and below the horizon.
This lesson presents the Crazy Boxes drawing challenge, where you will learn to draw more boxes with perspective.
In this time-lapse demonstration you can see how I tackled the Crazy Box Challenge myself.
More important tips regarding fundamental perspective drawing.
Not everything we want to draw is a box. This lesson helps us to start breaking out of the box.
In this lesson we can take everything we've learned about One Point Perspective and start drawing an actual scene.
In order to make our drawings into finished illustrations we will have to add a lot of detail. This lesson teaches how to deal with details in perspective, and how to make the work flow much easier.
This lesson presents the Nice Home Challenge were you are challenged to draw a detailed house scene with One Point Perspective.
In this time-lapse demonstration you can see how I handled the Nice Home drawing challenge.
Some things are round. And we want to draw them! Let's see how in this lesson.
After boxes, learning to draw with cylinders is very important. This lesson covers the ins and outs of drawing cylinders.
Using our knowledge on cylinders now, we should be able to draw a classy soda bottle with perspective.
This demonstration covers drawing an indoor room scene, including a time-lapse of my completed illustration
This lesson is a crash course in coloring techniques for people drawing in GIMP.
This is the introductory lesson to drawing in Two Point Perspective.
Two Point Perspective deals with invisible Vanishing Points. This lesson covers this challenge.
A deeper understanding of how basic shapes rotate in the world of drawing, with perspective.
This lesson presents the Dizzy Box Challenge to help you practice drawing objects at different angles.
In this time-lapse demonstration I show you how I drew the Dizzy Box Challenge myself.
Now we can expand with what we have learned and draw a more complicated city scene.
This lesson is a time-lapse demonstration of drawing the Two Point Perspective guidelines for a city scene.
This lesson discusses adding more detail to your city to create an Elegant City.
This lesson describes your next challenge. Drawing an Elegant City.
This time-lapse demonstration shows how I added detail to my city illustration.
Drawing common indoor objects is also important for overall drawing ability. This lesson applies Two Point Perspective to common indoor objects.
This lesson presents the Tabletop Party Challenge where we are challenged to draw many objects on a table.
This time-lapse demonstration shows how I tackled the Tabletop Party Challenge myself.
A crash course in general theory of Light and Shade in drawing, and some techniques for those using GIMP.
An introduction to Three Point Perspective drawing.
This lesson covers the complexities in dealing with Three Point Perspective guidelines.
This lesson will help to design boxes using Three Point Perspective which we will use to create a beautiful, big city illustration.
This lesson details the Dynamic City Challenge where we are challenged to draw a dynamic city view with Three Point Perspective.
This time-lapse demonstration shows how I drew my Dynamic City with Three Point Perspective.
This lessons gets us started in understanding Three Point Perspective space a little better, and prepares us to draw an interior space.
With a better understanding of space in Three Point Perspective, we can now start drawing a more dynamic interior space scene.
This time-lapse demonstration shows my approach to creating a completed interior space illustration with Three Point Perspective.
This lesson summarizes this section and gives further advice.
Understanding Four Point Perspective, albeit odd, is important for many reasons which I detail in this article with image reference.
No drawing lesson is complete without reviewing the uses of fundamental Three Dimensional Shapes.
This article takes a look at some of the problems creative people face. It is important to understand these problems and analyze them correctly before looking for solutions.
Brendon Schumacker is an accomplished artist and illustrator with experience in many art forms. Having drawn since a young age, Brendon has a lifetime of educational background in freehand art from various schools in USA and has studied along side with artists of varied backgrounds, giving him a diverse understanding of many illustration styles and techniques. He has published comics and children's books, has done multiple gallery openings, and has been doing freelance illustration and design for over 10 years. His instruction style is casual and entertaining while also being detailed in his examination of varied art techniques.