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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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silene-acaulis Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is just great! Clear and helpful. I can't thank you enough for this.
liger8879 Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful! Thanks for making!:)
capensis Jan 26, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for such a detailed tutorial!
MissMorphea Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much! This tutorial is PERFECT!
(had always problems with perspective)
Just enrolled…can't wait!
daaash Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! its my first time understanding about vanishing points! thank you very much for this very detailed tutorial! 
jokoshang Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for yet another wonderful tutorial!^^
ChuckDoodles Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vtruss1 Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What happened to the Objects with Unique Vanishing Points? Is that obsolete now?
fox-orian Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
To a certain degree, yeah. This tutorial contained a bit of badly written / bad information because of how old it is. I never liked how that section came out since it seemed more confusing than helpful, AND I needed to be able to fit that Announcement image at the top of the deviation --- DA only allows 18,000 pixels maximum size in any direction, so something had to be cut, hahaha.
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