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Perspective + Composition Pt.2 by fox-orian Perspective + Composition Pt.2 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.


New to this tutorial? Check out part 1!

- Perspective & Composition Part 1 -

Value is important to an image! Check out some of my work in grayscale to see examples of value studies:…

Part 2 of Perspective & Composition. Part 2 is PURELY about the aspects and theories of composition in art and how YOU can make better work with them. Due to this fact, this tutorial has a LOT of writing in it, and a lot of reading, and less "step-by-step" technical examples. You can think of this as more of a free lecture on the subject.

While the subject covered in this tutorial may not be as interesting as Part 1 where you learned the technical aspects of drawing perspective, REMEMBER THAT COMPOSITION AND CRITICAL THINKING ARE IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT ALL ARTISTS MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH.

I will repeat that.


Give it a read, you could end up thinking about how you approach your next work a little differently.

Special thanks to !windlab for giving me a complete proof-read on the tutorial.
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AlexMehler Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
this is such a great effort , thank you !!!
Hionspeed64 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
really great thanks a lot
TeraMaster Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I'm just gonna say that whenever I "murdered my darling", I learned something new about drawing.
rahul808 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very insightful, this will definitely  help me improve my drawings :)
DarkAngelsWork Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the tip.
timmyshanti Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Writer
this is simply brilliant! much appreciated.. thank you!
Sokidan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Thanks for the article, will help me with my composition I think. Love the 1/3 grid trick, and the explanation on the foreground was good i realised i never put foregrounds and its a big miss!! Pretty good reading I had there thanks again!!
arunhdan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
what a great tutorial! it's easy to read and really helpful, and the images illustrate the concepts you're talking about very well. now i feel inspired to draw more scenes xD
Textures-and-More Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Thanks for putting this together.
HentaiChimp Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this series of tutorials is really good! COngratulations!
GannOfDreams Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loved both tutoriols. Thanks for sharing!
capensis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   General Artist
Again, thank you for taking time to create these wonderful tutorials!
treegarchie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Such an amazing tutorial, extremely helpful as well!
Jata-Anwar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Awesome tutorial!
Varveklis6 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
thank you!

jellri Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheres part III?
fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's in my gallery. But it was never fully finished because it's too complex to explain in one of these tutorials. Also it was waaay to time consuming to talk about at the time I was making it.
woesofthenorm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like this helped me improve by leaps and bounds. Thank you <3 <3 <3 
VVemeya Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best tutorial I ever saw on deviantART!
ArtByFab Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm so bad at this thank's for sharing :) 

favmir Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Just Pure AWESOMEness !!!
shinjitara Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
i love your work! 
PottoVonBismarck Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's been a couple of years since I've seen parts 1 and 2. I swear, they've helped me so much.
Yeah, this is a generic complimentary comment like most of the other ones around here. Awesome stuff! Woohooooo! 
KuroAtom Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
I'm reading your tutorials, they're very clear even to non-English people like me. I feel I'm really learning a lot of things! Thank you for your great help!
risingson16 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
So Thourough... Thanks again.
drbrBr Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice summary! Thanks for the effort!
N-H-Art Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is definitely more useful than most tutorials I've read so far.
My head feels like is about to burst for the amount of information though. (^-^")
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best tutorials I've ever read
Itohara Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
great tutorial, Thakns this very helpfull :D (Big Grin)
Ramani-Rayne Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thanks for posting this! I found the comments on foreground elements to be particularly interesting!
Cataclyptic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
These are all really good tips for drawing! Thank you!
gph-artist Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Another great tutorial!
Eanderea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Darchox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
great! can't wait for part 3!
AkaruiChou Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thank you very much! This tutorial is exactly what I was looking for :)
Mondomanusa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
great tutorial took me like a hour to read both parts...but i enjoyed it....i hope you finish a part 3
Ame89 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you for sharing this! It's very helpful! :)
zilvart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude thank's so much soo deep going! and i love this tutorioal!! omg love it!
varrimir Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Dude! You Rock!
odcinki Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Writer
I've probably already said that, but it is still worth it - this is fucking massive. Big thanks!
pyro-helfier Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   General Artist
I am a total tutorial addict, and this 2 part tute is one of the most informative useful ones I've seen on DA. Thanks so much for making this, I really think utilizing this information will give my art more impact and send it up a few notches over-all. :D :hug: Hopefully I will be able to put this to good use and give my art that edge that it has been lacking!
Nyanamo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I never knew about the Dutch angles until now! That is awesome, thanks for the awesome tutorial! :3c
mrainbowwj Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
Evildarling Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, in depth tutorial! This is a keeper for sure and extremely usefull :w00t:
innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really wonderful. Thank you for making this.
RunicV Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Why are you so smart? I love your tutorials, they're so concise and simple to understand. Thank you so much for taking the time to do these tuts~
SureshBeing Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks a lot great help. :D
123satsuke Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thanks so much!! I always have trouble with perspective and even now my skill in perspective is pretty much confined to drawing squares in 3D. But I can honestly say that after looking at your tutorials, I am inspired to try harder and am tons more miles closer to drawing my ideal perspective composition! Thanks soo much!
FoxTone Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking your time to make this!
This is really helpful. c:
Weirda208 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a real pity I have to read it over 3-5 times to fully understand those advices but from what I read, I feel like reading tutorial from an expert and I just cannot find words to describe how awesome and helpful is your tutorial.
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