Find your way around DA#4: Composition+Perspective
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A good composition can turn an 'average' artwork into something memorable. It's more than just 'how to make things look nice'. A well thought-out composition can guide the eye of the viewer, telling a story in just one single image. Even artwork that's technically perfect can be boring if no real though was put into the composition.

It's not always the case, but composition often goes hand in hand with perspective. Many artists struggle with this (both beginners and more advanced), but a basic knowledge of perspective can really take your work to the next level. It's an essential tool for drawing credible backgrounds and landscapes. 

The basics for these two skills seem easy, but more advanced composition and perspective can be real brain-breakers. I've collected tutorials here to help you get started. Read, learn, practice, and be amazed by your own work!


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Tutorials and quick tips to get you started

Composition

A quick guide to composition
Tutorial: Composition, part I
HtTA: Thumbnails
Golden Ratio vs Rule of Thirds (1st draft)
Composition Tutorial - Layout, Lighting and Tips!
Know your Basics - Composition (the manip way)

Perspective

Perspective Sketching
Perspective for Dummies 1
Color-Tips-Depth_Perspective
Drawing Cities 1 - Corridor Streets
Drawing Cities 2 - Academic Perspective
The BASICS : Perspective
Perspective Tutorial
How to place people in a city


More advanced tutorials

Composition

The Secret to Composition
Hunt-a=Hunt-b=
Perspective + Composition Pt.2P+C Pt.3 - For What its Worth
Proportion and Scale
HtTA: Atmospheric Perspective Composition
HtTA: Reads IntroHtTA: Thumbnails
Story Angles version 2
Tutorial: Camera Angles

Perspective

The Perspective Tutorial
Comprehensive Perspective Tutorial
The Basics: Point Perspective
Nsio explains: Perspective
Nsio Explains: Distortion in Perspective
Nsio explains: The way I see the world part
Nsio explains: Understanding 3D
Nsio explains: Foreshortening
Foreshortening: How to Go DEEEEEEP!
Mon 4: Foreshortening Basics
Cw01 2013
CW02 Two Point Perspective
CW03 Equal Space in Persp
3-Point Perspective Study 36CW
Perspective Study 37CW part2
The Right Scale CW52
Tutorial Tuesdays: Perspective
A special thanks to betsyillustration for their HUGE collection of tutorials on perspective:
01 Here's the Thing About 1 Pt Perspective (part 1 of 14!)
1 Point Grid Things
Here's the thing About 1 Pt Ellipses
2 Point Perspective Intro
1 + 2 Point Perspective
Pokemon Perspective Comic Intro (intro to 1-6!)
HtTA: Atmospheric Perspective Composition
HtTA: 3 Point Perspective

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How to Make an Easy Perspective Grid on Photoshop
Awesome FREE Perspective Tool For Photoshop
Pixelstains Perspective Grid Brushes
Perspective Angle Finder 1 - customizable
Perspective poses reference sheetPerspective reference sheet 2
Clip Studio Paint perspective tool - videotutorial
TOW-1: Photoshop Motion Lines Tutorial
Rule of Thirds Reference Sheet
Tutorial: Magic Perspective Guidelines
DELICIOUS PERSPECTIVE GRIDSDELICIOUS PERSPECTIVE GRIDS 02


WorldWideWeb

There are a LOT of websites for this. This is only a small selection. Most are for photography, but of course these rules can be applied to drawings as well. 
drawsketch.about.com/od/perspe…
photography.tutsplus.com/artic…
www.johnharveyphoto.com/LearnC…
www.techradar.com/how-to/photo…
www.digital-photo-secrets.com/…
www.wikihow.com/Draw-Perspecti…
willkempartschool.com/perspect…
www.how-to-draw-and-paint.com/…
drawsketch.about.com/od/perspe…


Books

There are so many books on this topic ^^ I don't know which are good, and which aren't. If you know any books that MUST be added to this list, please let me know!
Drawing: www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=…
Photography: www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=…

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- This is a continuous W.I.P. If you know any resources that you think should be on here, please feel free to link me to them.
- On the other hand, if you see any resources on the list that are posting work that does not belong to them, please let me know and they will be removed. 


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I appreciate your help in referring me to this post. The links themselves prove useful, but this feels like a David Trudeau book-o-links.
Did you author any of these tutorials? I don't wanna click on all of them.
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
All journals in this series are a collection of tutorials :) I did the work collecting and selecting them, you'll have to do the work selecting the ones that work best for you ^^
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a-shiroutoHobbyist Digital Artist
Omg tysm for sharing !(;´ຶДຶ `)
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, I hope it will be useful for you :)
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a-shiroutoHobbyist Digital Artist
once again thank you! i'll do my best
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Thanks for sharing all these highly detailed resources.
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome :) I hope it can be of use
Myronavitch's avatar
Things I have known about, are always nice to review again.
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thank you for this information. I find it truly helpful. :-)
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, I hope it can be of use ^^
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Brant-BiHobbyist Digital Artist
Another great resource collection, my friend! Thank you very much for this! Heart 
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, I hope it can be of use :)
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fireytikaProfessional General Artist
Ahh perspective! My old nemesis~
Thanks for this! I need to collect all those resources XD
Btw, for more advanced perspective tutorial, you can add this into your collection :
Beyond 6VP: 16 Vanishing Points by GriswaldTerrastone  Perspective Tutorial: Five Vanishing Points by GriswaldTerrastone
They got a lot more tutorials! Honestly, they help me a lot ^^
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Thanks so much, and glad they're helping!
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll add them to the list :)
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fireytikaProfessional General Artist
You're welcome~
You should check their gallery, they still got more perspective tutorials~ :3
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DCBURG3RHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for compiling this !! It helps so much :D
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
No problem ^^ I hope it can be of use
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AnipzisHobbyist Digital Artist
First! :dummy:
That's good reference, thank you :D
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Iduna-HayaHobbyist Digital Artist
No problem ^^
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