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Drawing Cities 2 - Academic Perspective by fox-orian Drawing Cities 2 - Academic Perspective by fox-orian
Second in the series.

This is something I see from many artists, even experienced ones who aught to really know better!

Again, these are simple drawings meant just to get the point across. The "Avoid Corridor Streets" tip from last time still applies here -- which is more of something you'd worry about AFTER you do a basic planning of the city block you're mapping out.

As always, this is a tip to make you aware! Your own observation in real life is what will really help the most with this kind of stuff. Enjoy!

TIP #1: "Avoid Corridor Streets"
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GinKyofu13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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meaches Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Hi Matthew, do you have any more advice on how to plot the horizon and vanishing points in a composition? like how high or how low should i plot the points that it's comfortable to look at? thanks in advance! : )
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maylin86 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perspective drawing... is starting to not look so scary or deterring to me now. =) Thank you for the tutorial! :la:
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itachi1uchiha Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice tuts, like the idea, and tbh helped alot to me :)

and thx for giving me inspiration to draw now xD


btw, i'd suggest you to write, to use real life photographs for better and more quality work, either for inspiration , or even copying perspective, it can help alot for beginners and more experienced use it too..

keep up ! :)
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TheHardThinker Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
This tutorial is well don and actually teaches me.
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ThoughtMantique Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a lovely tutorial, really clear.
{Featured here: [link]}
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pczombie Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is very very helpful, and inspirational. I didn't think that I could draw in different types of perspective, but I did! And it looks pretty good. Thank you for making this.
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WhiteRoseBrian Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Pardon the spamming, but as I type this I'm also trying out small exercises like the ones you posted.
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WhiteRoseBrian Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you.
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AiZicToXemia Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you prove your point and make a 10 times better city illustration than I have ever made, just by shifting the horizon and focus points, and draw boxes for houses.

This inspires me to start drawing cities. Thank you :heart:
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roxx0209 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that was reallly something... the scene sure change a lot with a few adjust on the vanishing point and doesn't seems to difficult to do... Thanks for these tips!!
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WilliamBlankenshipJr Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Watched!
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ahmettorun Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a bunch Matt, you're awesome.
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Kitsuru Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Digital Artist
This is helpful! I'd like to get into backgrounds very much.
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ram-jam Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
your tuts are really the best!
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ItanHimitsu Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I love your tutorials *A*
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DaveMurcia Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
For all those beginners like me: I tried to change my 'academic perspective' some time ago, and I have to say it works, absolutely, fox-orian is damn right. This is a good example (please Fox correct me if this perspective is wrong) [link]
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DJaxs312 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
I thought it was linear perspective? :) Or.. two point..
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
OMG, thank you. As someone who fails spectacularly at perspective (but is contemplating doing a comic FULL OF ARCHITECTURE WHY) this is super helpful. It's a simple reminder, but one of those things that is easy to overlook if it's not pointed out.
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Celestriakle Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your tutorials; they're fantastic. <3
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Tekhnologic Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
This relates to me so well. I think I'll go lie down for a bit.
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RistarFruit Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this, I have the worst time drawing cityscapes. :forgiveme:
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DawnBlossom Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the perspective! you explained it really well!
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iKaeta Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So helpful! Perspectives are definitely my weak point. I've been trying to put it off, but I guess I have to practice them some time. Some people make it sound more complicated than it is, but your explanation makes it easier for my simple mind to understand.
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Nosh59 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this.
This gave me an idea of a computer digital art program that allows you to move the focus points, and the perspective lines move accordingly with, giving you perfect perspective.
Now I don't know if such a program exists, but I will use this tutorial from now on.
Great job!
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fox-orian Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It does exist hahah, Manga Studio 4.0 does this, though it can be finicky to get the perspective JUST right. It also automatically snaps ALL LINES you draw to the perspective guides based on initial direction of the stroke.
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Nosh59 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll look it up.
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ashleymec7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Wow, I'm learning this in art class right now, and it took my teacher two, forty minute classes to (vaguely) explain what you have made perfectly clear with a few well-chosen words. I bet I'll get an A on my city-scape project thanks to this.
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This is useful.
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PawBread Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
you are awesome!
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NaikoPako Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good gracious, man...I cannot say for the life of me how grateful I am for all of your tutorials. Not just this one, but your Perspective/Composition ones, as well. I must say, you've inspired me to take on much more complex scenery.

Thank you. c:
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deidaraart5 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have absolutely no clue why, but for some reason the illustrations in this caused the whole thing to just click in my mind. I never understood how the lines branching off the vanishing points were helpful (for some really strange reason) and was super intimidated to try using them. But now I realize how useful they are, and how it works.

So yeah, thanks for this!
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kampfly Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
i love these little street tutorials; drawing streets is one of my favorite things to watch and to practice, and though i'm not very serious about it, i do love learning more! super thanks ;)
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RedAventador Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great and simple tutorial :)

This works as a great reminder on perspective. I have not taken an art class in so long, it's amazing how much I have forgotten! Thank you so much!
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yumacchi Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
That's true. I usually end up with the first "academic" model because I'm scared of screwing other perspectives xD
Thank you for doing these tutorials! They're encouraging and easy to understand ♥
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Szczurzyslawa Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok... cities... they're awesome I know... But can anybody do tutorial about landscapes T^T? Big empty spaces... Gawd...
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fox-orian Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I should say I will be making some tips on landscaping your city instead of keeping everything on flat ground. That's a much more advanced tip, so expect that later. It's not exactly for wide-open spaces either, but hey, that's why its called "tips for drawing cities" :)
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Szczurzyslawa Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
ok, I'll be waiting ^^
And will you do (or know you any) tutorial about hmm... creating your own city or something like that? Your own architecture, some tips, I don't know... Base for make it. ^^'
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fox-orian Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't be the guy to ask -- urban sprawls are my speciality :)
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Szczurzyslawa Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
haha ok xD I'm just a bit depressed, because I want to start draw my comic, and there will be a lot of landscapes *snif snif*

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Konkyz Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student
Could you please answer my two questions about perspective? i know the basics and all.. but how to i know how far from eachother the vanishing points should be? has it got to do with the distance between what ur drawing and " yourself " ?

Secondly, if i draw, say, a box.. thats 10 feet from myself.. and its tilted in a slight way making it reach towards 2 vanishing points.. if i want to create a SECOND box.. right next to it.. 10 feet away aswell.. but in a slightly different angle... should the vanishing points of the two boxes have exactly the same distance from eachother? say its exactly the same boxes just angled in different ways..

thank you! :] good looking tutorial!
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fox-orian Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll see if I can draw up a little diagram later, since explaining it would take a lot longer XD
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot, this is really helpful!
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Alyssa-Rice Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read all of your tutorials, keep them coming. they are mighty help
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A-C-L Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
These are some helpful points. Thanks for sharing.
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Ferii Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really starting to like this series, great tips!
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Yaky-Urane Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think what is hard its not perspective but the capacity to make backgroud to imagine a character in an angle in a scene..that is the hard part to learn even thou it seems for everyone natural maybe
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CoffeeSpazz Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
thanks very much for making this. Although it's simple out of the 12 years I went through gradeschool and highschool taking advantage of all the art programs possible we only had two perspective assignments. (perspective as in landscapes/backgrounds and distance) and both of them weren't taken into any sort of depth which is the #1 reason why I suck with backgrounds. This helps a lot.
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Dream--scape Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thanks so much! :)
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