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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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Mayeru Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial! : ) perspective is always hard to get but these tips will come very handy. 
Thystyn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The last section on triangulation was an 'ahhh'  moment for me.  So that's how you do it!  Thank you :)
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Very  beautiful.
pelcogo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This biggest problem I have is I can never tell where I should put the horizon line and how far apart I need to put my vanishing points for 2 and 3 point perspective.
erineclair Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a great tutorial! jampacked with info (i ain't even complaining!) i'm so excited to try this <3 
awsomeguy2099 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
So helpful! I could have used something like this a couple of days ago.
mmchaves Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial very helpful.
Solana29 Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial regarding perspective (my WEAKEST skill in art).  I loved how simplistic it was in the explanation and yet detailed.  Was easy to understand.  Thank you for sharing.  
SupahCabre Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
I have a question. How do I print this without it being too small and indecipherable?
alanji Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Man, u just saved my life, really, a holy light.
AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I have a question...
Whenever I look at drawings or photos of rooms, and short hallways and all the like, I always feel like there's a vanishing point or two that's on a random standard, rather than on a set axis. This usually goes for any point perspective picture. It just may be my brain confusing over the lines, however I believe I can also see it in some of your examples, where there aren't any grid lines for guidance.
Is it normal to use a vanishing point that's like an outlier compared to the others? Or are they always configured onto one axis?
lichtsturm93 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much this is really helpful!!
progressivelydian Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u very useful!
Sakuraofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
fox-orian what program do you use?
Neitheram Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I tired to enroll in the skillshare class to see more. But it seems the class is no longer available... D: 
Is it going to be available on the future?? Or is there another way to get access to it?? 
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
This tutorials are great
DeviantDanny2000 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
Alice319 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip~
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!
neoowl 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!
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  Professional General 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!^^
ChuckDoodles Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vtruss1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What happened to the Objects with Unique Vanishing Points? Is that obsolete now?
fox-orian Featured By Owner 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.
Vtruss1 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That section actually helped me out the most actually.  I have been looking for a while now but other tutorials that I found doesn't address what to do if there are objects that are not on the same horizon or use the same vp within the same composition.  I wanted more infomation to follow up your section.
MultiverseCafe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Enrolled. I'm super pumped!
alexakaruda Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just enrolled!  Looks amazing!  Can't wait!  Cheers!
Kuroonehalf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thanks a ton for this. I recently broke out and started properly studying my perspective book and this provides some different spins on the topics approached.

One question though, is there any software you particularly recommend for making the perspective line work? I feel like Photoshop's line tool has really weird consistency and that it looks strange at certain zooms. On the other hand I feel like SAI has a great vector line tool but without support for making horizontal/vertical lines and rulers it makes it hard to even lay the ground work. Am I perhaps missing a really obvious way to do it? Or maybe a combination of the 2 is best?
fox-orian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Never use the line tool. Increases your workload by 1000%.

Simple trick of the trade, my friend. It's called Shift+Click. Hold shift. Tap the pen in one spot. Tap the pen in another. Bam. A line is made. It works best on brushes that don't have minimum diameter set to 0%
Kuroonehalf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I'm aware. But are you referring to SAI's line tool or photoshop's? Would you recommend just doing it straight up with a thin brush in photoshop?
Necroguru Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
In PS CS6/CC  Try the keyboard shortcut  Alt+Ctrl+V  or go under the Filter drop down menu and look for 'Vanishing Point... '.  I found this to help a LOT with perspective grid making in photoshop :D hope it helps.  
Kuroonehalf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Whoa, neat, I'll look into it.
Eeren Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing resource with us!! 
mrainbowwj Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow, you update this now! you are awesome, thanks for sharing. I wandering if I can translate this and other tutorial of yours, and post on our local bbs to share with other people. Cause they are so great!
ink5000 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow, awesome! thank you. 
Sunflorii Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
That triangulation tip is going to be INCREDIBLY helpful!
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