Tutoring - Sketch in Perspective
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Hi Everyone,

This spring I have been working hard on updating and redesigning the way I tutor perspective drawing. I am so so excited to finally share it. In this journal I will describe in broad strokes how it will work from now on.
If you are interested in studying perspective drawing with me, please send me an email at jensbeng@gmail.com. Make sure to put "Perspective drawing" in the title so I don't miss it.

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What is perspective drawing?
Perspective drawing is a fundamental idea in drawing. It is a mathematical model for how we see geometry around us in the world, and is used both to draw in perspective and to guess and evaluate proportions and angles in what we already see in perspective (reality, photos, other's perspective drawings). Perspective drawing is used for most kinds of drawing and painting - and even highly useful for 3d modelling and mechanical engineering.
Unfortunately despite its usefulness, learning perspective drawing can be a very abstract process. Sometimes, even if you do learn the model properly, it can be tough to understand how to apply this abstract model to drawings and sketches.
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The perspective drawing model is highly useful, but also very abstract. To make it applicable in our sketchwork, we need to understand the model well enough to be able to strategize and take legitimate shortcuts.

How do I teach it?
I have decided to stick with calling my way of teaching online tutoring. In my mind, it sits somewhere in between taking online lessons and mentoring. 
  • The core of my tutoring is assignments and one-to-one feedback. 
  • My role as a tutor/mentor is to answer questions and concerns, and to help the student pick appropriate assignments and exercises.
To facilitate this, I have created a library of exercises that I refer to as quests. The main quests follow a course structure, starting with more abstract concepts like convergence and foreshortening and leading to the idea of creating dynamic perspective grids and creating perspective drawings that could be added to a students portfolio. The main quests as of now spans two months.
The first month takes us from the very basics to the understanding of how to draw "perfect" cubes in 2-point perspective with any rotation - the basis for drawing any grid you would need. We will use this knowledge to explore how to draw in perspective using grids.
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We will use grids to explore "The Abstract Garden", a location filled with blocky and abstract structures, trough drawing.

The second month picks up where the first left of, and we will both look at deepening our understanding of the perspective model and work towards breaking free of the grid and use grids in a more dynamic fashion.
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Dynamic grids means that we try to plot the bare minimum of grid and guides needed. This greatly speeds up the process of sketching in perspective. Taking shortcuts requires a good understanding of the perspective drawing model as well as a lot of creativity and problem-solving ability.

The sidequests deal with developing additional skills and tricks such as strategies for drawing quick vegetation and detail surfaces, or small dives into the mathematics behind it all like grid coordinates or dividing and multiplying geometry.

In conclusion
If you have any questions about any of this or are interested in joining this tutoring, feel free to email me at jensbeng@gmail.com. If your question is very general, I will be reading the comments on this post and reply and/or update this journal.
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druphoriaHobbyist Digital Artist

This looks really cool. Are you still offering this? Also do you think you’d eventually offer mentorship in things outside of perspective, e.g. in design (or something more personalized for the student)?

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Hi, yes I do, and I have a few extra slots open in my schedule due to being confined. You can find current information here https://caconymdesign.com/tutoring.html .

Some of my students ‘stay on’ to learn more about design and drawing after we have finished with perspective, but I don’t offer that kind of mentorship directly. I haven’t developed a good plan for teaching design yet, so I can only offer it to people I know has a learning style that fits a more unstructured mentorship =]

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Amythist07Student Digital Artist
Hi Jens! Awesome that you are teaching online. Perspective is definitely a topic that should be tackled more often (in a digestible way) Your method sounds very interesting to me and tbh I really need to get myself more into these fundemental skills.
I am interested in applying for your mentor ship/ course, but I was wondering what the tuition fees would be since I'm kind of a broke student Sweating a little... 
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Hahaha, I can relate. I feel like I've spent most of my life being a broke student =].
This time around, I have bundled my sessions into a month, or four 1 hour sessions for 200 euro. The two months would e 360 euro if you sign up for it in one go.
Since I'm teaching one-to-one the "months" only means a package of four sessions; I'm not constrained to by months as a schedule.
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Amythist07Student Digital Artist
Ah okay, I got it (:
I have a few more questions:
Do you teach the lessons through Skype, or lesson sheets or something else? Since you mentioned the sessions. Also, since I'm still in school I'm not available to have a session throughout the weekdays during the day.
Do you have specific time slots or do you plan the sessions depending on both your schedule and your student's schedule?
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The most important part of my tutoring is the online sessions. I've been using skype or Google hangouts since their screen sharing feature seems to be the most stable. The sessions are mostly used for feedback and ad-hoc demos to answer specific questions, but there is also some theory that I feel is best taught in a back and forth format rather than a pre recorded demo or sheet.

Since I'm a freelance worldbuilder on the side of this I can be very flexible with scheduling, but if possible I would like to keep my weekends free. Evenings and early morning is ok though =]
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Amythist07Student Digital Artist
I see, thanks for getting back at me! I will send you an email if it all works out (:
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