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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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Big-Bad-Duck Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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
Very useful.Thank you!
silene-acaulis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is just great! Clear and helpful. I can't thank you enough for this.
liger8879 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful! Thanks for making!:)
capensis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for such a detailed tutorial!
MissMorphea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much! This tutorial is PERFECT!
(had always problems with perspective)
miguel6880 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Just enrolled…can't wait!
daaash Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for yet another wonderful tutorial!^^
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