Drawing in Perspective
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Drawing in Perspective

A complete guide to draw in the various forms of perspective
4.5 (66 ratings)
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Created by Marco Vale
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Draw any object or subject in a multitude of perspectives
  • Have a clear understanding of who to build perspective grids
  • Develop a critical analisis of everyday objects and their simplified forms
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  • The course requires no previous skill. It requires only a few sheets of normal printer paper, and a pencil.
  • Having an eraser, other drawing tools such as pens and eventually a ruler, will help.

Do you like to draw but aren't very comfortable with drawing in perspective? Read on!

In this course, I've taken decades of my personal experience and knowledge and synthesized them into an easy to follow format that will teach you all about drawing in perspective.
Some people feel intimidated by the technical aspect of drawing in perspective and that is why most give up. I've designed the course you can follow along with no precision tools at all. You can follow each and every lecture freehand and still get similar results.

Most of what you will learn will have immediate application.
The course is divided into various sections dealing with:

  • 1 point perspective
  • 2 point perspective and
  • 3 point perspective

Also added to the course are lectures dedicated to

  • 4 point perspective and
  • Curvilinear perspective
  • Building shadows in perspective

Each section includes an exercise for you to test what you learned

===== ENROLL NOW and start drawing amazing worlds =====

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at people who love to draw. Professionally or as a hobby.
  • Graphics designers, Illustrators, Arquitechts, Industrial designers, Comic Book Artists, Concept Designers
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
3 Lectures 13:41

This lecture will introduce you to the particularities and quirks of drawing in perspective. Understanding that a three dimensional world has to be placed onto a two dimensional surface requires you to understand what happens to what is in front of you when you want to draw it.

Preview 05:16

In this lecture we are going to have a look at the materials that we will be using in the course, as well as some of the techniques I suggest you practice when you can, to improve your penmanship and skill.

Preview 05:58
1 point perspective
10 Lectures 01:10:06

Starting out very easy with a 1 point perspective construction. The lecture teaches you the foundation rules for creating a 1 point perspective grid.

Basic 1-point perspective grid

Now that you can create a 3d space in 1 point perspective, you should be able to follow along and draw a cube. We take what we learned before and create a 3d volume.

Drawing a simple cube

Scaling objects as the get further and further away from us is complicated if you don't know the structure behind it. Once you do, it becomes very natural. In this lecture you will learn to do just that

Scaling objects in depth

Drawing circles is made easy in a flat view with utensils, but if you want to draw them in perspective you have to understand what happens to them when they get deformed by a 1 point perspective. 

Drawing circles

While the previous lecture focused on creating a a circle drawing in a loose way, this one shows a more precise method for drawing circles in perspective

Drawing Circles - continued

Drawing Circles freehand

Using the skill we acquired so far, in this lecture we'll have a go at drawing some different primitive solid shapes.

Drawing freehand solid primitives

1 Point perspective is a very effective perspective for drawing interior scenes. Understanding how to build a room using 1 point perspective is a very helpful thing to know.
This lecture deals with the construction of the volumes but viewed from the inside.

Interior Scene in 1 point perspective

Working completely freehand we are going to draw a spaceship which has an iconic yet simple shape. 

Drawing freehand complex shapes

Time to practice!

EXERCISE - 1 point perspective exercise
2 point perspective
7 Lectures 50:22

This lecture introduces you to the concept of 2 point perspective, where we add another vanishing point to the drawing and use that to create another reference for the other set of parallele  lines

Creating the 2 Point Perspective grid

In this lecture we will look at creating shapes and volumes with odd angles as well as with curved surfaces and edges.

Complex Volumes in 2 Point Perspective - Opened Book

In this lecture we are going to have a go at using digital tools to create a drawing in perspective. We will start with illustrator, where I use a mouse to create a basic perspective grid and volume and then jump to photoshop to illustrate it, using a wacom pen

Preview 10:40

Complex shapes are harder to draw in perspective. But if we break them down in simple volumes we can draw a complex shape quite easily.

Drawing a hidroplane in 2 point perspective

This lecture places the viewer in the middle of an intersection and using 2 point perspective, we draw the surrounding objects and buildings.

Street scene in 2 point perspective

Calculating shadows can be made precise by understanding how do you find your reference point for light source and objects. This will provide you with a better idea of what shadows are supposed to look like, and therefore train you to better eyeball shadows in the future.

Finding Shadows

Time to practice! again!

EXERCISE - 2 point perspective exercise
3 point perspective
4 Lectures 23:56

Moving on from 2 point perspective we will have a go at drawing 3 point perspective. This changes a few things in what we already do in 1 and 2 point perspective, but the rules are the same.

Simple cube in 3 Point Perspective

This lecture shows how we can create an illustration of an object you might have sitting around next to you. So grab something you may have handy and try and follow along with the concepts.

Drawing a Camera using 3 Point Perspective

Using 3 point perspective you can build a structure that will help you replicate on a drawing what you are seeing in the real world. Such as a land mark. Using an underlying grid you can make sure your drawing is well established. 
This lecture shows an example of that.

Architectural landmarks in 3 Point Perspective

EXERCISE - 3 point perspective exercise
Bonus Section
3 Lectures 28:58

While organic tend to be more dynamic in their illustration and rendering, it doesn't mean we can't decompose them into simpler shapes. This lecture shows you the process I use to guess and structure the drawing of a head, and how that translates into any angle of pose I need to draw.

Preview 08:38

=== DOWNLOAD RESOURCES - reference 4 Point Perspective grid for you to experiment with ===
Exploring the limits of 1, 2 and 3 point perspective, we find that sometimes things start to warp and deform as we get into the extremes of the perspective. But using a 4 point perspective, we can actually create something we don't usually see in the manuals.

4 point perspective

===== DOWNLOAD RESOURCES - reference curvilinear perspective grid for you to experiment with. =====
Curvilinear perspective usually focuses on condensing the whole range of the human eye into a small area, thus creating the same effect that wide lenses or fish-eye lens do. Lines bulge out and curve to create sphere like surface.

Curvilinear perspective
1 Lecture 01:47

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Marco Vale
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I have been working in the games industry as an amateur since 1998. In 2003 I started as a professional. My projects range from all forms of game art, from 3d low-poly to 2d pixel art, vector or even animation. I've also taught illustration, 3d modeling, Flash animation and Photoshop at a professional school. I am currently working in mobile gaming