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Perspective + Composition Pt.2

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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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sosokrazyStudent Digital Artist
This is so helpful <3
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This is exactly what I needed.
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this is such a great effort , thank you !!!
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really great thanks a lot
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I'm just gonna say that whenever I "murdered my darling", I learned something new about drawing.
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rahul808Hobbyist General Artist
very insightful, this will definitely  help me improve my drawings :)
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KandaHarukaStudent General Artist
Thank you for the tip.
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timmyshantiProfessional Writer
this is simply brilliant! much appreciated.. thank you!
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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!!
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arunhdanHobbyist Digital Artist
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
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Thanks for putting this together.
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HentaiChimpHobbyist Digital Artist
I think this series of tutorials is really good! COngratulations!
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Loved both tutoriols. Thanks for sharing!
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capensis General Artist
Again, thank you for taking time to create these wonderful tutorials!
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Such an amazing tutorial, extremely helpful as well!
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Awesome tutorial!
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thank you!

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jellriHobbyist Digital Artist
wheres part III?
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fox-orianProfessional 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.
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woesofthenormHobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like this helped me improve by leaps and bounds. Thank you <3 <3 <3 
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VVemeyaHobbyist Digital Artist
Best tutorial I ever saw on deviantART!
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ArtByFabHobbyist General Artist
i'm so bad at this thank's for sharing :) 

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Just Pure AWESOMEness !!!
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