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Perspective + Composition Pt.1 by fox-orian Perspective + Composition Pt.1 by fox-orian
EDIT 12.2013: I am now teaching a SkillShare class all about the subject of perspective and giving your illustrations dimension!

Edit 01.2013:
- This tutorial is a bit old by now and my understanding of perspective has developed quite a bit over the years. After giving this a re-read, most of information here is still sound and makes sense. However, I'd like to point out in particular that the section labelled as "Objects with Unique Vanishing Points" is a bit off. I don't think the concept is wrong, but I do think it's both written and presented wrong. Still, what's talked about in this section is something I never do in my own work, because once you've mastered 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, you should be able to draw objects that conform to different vanishing points completely on intuition alone.

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Part 2 of this tutorial now available!
- Perspective & Compostition Part 2 -

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This is part one of a potentially two or three part tutorial series all about compositional theory, perspective, and how it all comes all together to allow you to make totally kickass pictures.

In part one we look at all three types of linear perspective with dedicated step-by-step examples and LOTS of advice to read. I hope you guys really get something out of it! The information covered in this is equivalent to what they actually teach you in just about any art college/institute. 'Cept this is free.

Special Thanks: !windlab for helping me proof read this monster. It's now typo and grammar error free!
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Dee-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Really helpful tutorial.  Thank you! :)
IceLaws Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tremendous-By-Design Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful.
But so much to do..;o;
WolfoftheDarkDepths Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
You have saved my life! Thanks for sharing such a helpful and simple tutorial. Now perspective doesn't feel so daunting. 
Erebar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
thanks =)
ShinigamiRyuku Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Amazing tutorial.
B-R-A-N-D Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
one of the best tutorials I've ever come across!
Thank you!
Big-Bad-Duck Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
That was really useful :). Thanks a lot to share with us !
freaky06 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Artist
It's always boggled my mind though, how to compose a scene from scratch, where one (or all) vanishing points are off the page. I've faked it several times, using guesstimation. My personal favourite is the....string and tape on my actual furniture....not the smartest way....Any ideas, fox-orian?
Rosyane Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very useful.Thank you!
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