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The Perspective Tutorial

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This tutorial is new. It includes additional notes and will replace the preview version, as it includes one through three point perspective and other things....

Murr... I haven't signed on in months, but I thought I might upload a little somethin' somethin' for you before I lose my internet. So yeah, I won't be replying to notes, comments et cetera, but I hope you will enjoy this tutorial.

Heh, lots of typos I'm sure. u__u Careful before you download; the image is around 15 thousand pixels high.

Sasha Lynn Stowers

UPDATE: Thanks very much for support via faves and comments. I'm also really happy to get a DD for a tutorial (my favorite devs.)

For those of you using this for classes or as a teaching aid: I'm happy you find this so useful. I don't mind if you use this as an outline for your work. But if you could credit me with the text, point your students to my website or DA page that'd be awetastic. Also, if you could provide me some info where you are teaching it (name of school, location, etc.) or pictures of your students using my text that be great : ) I'd like to combine these and other tutorials into a mega thick book, and I think it would helpful when I create a book proposal.

Thanks very much,
Sasha Lynn Stowers

I make my tutorials for free, but if you enjoy my tutorials and want to donate some funds for gas, art books, and such, I would appreciate it. [link]


mayshing's perspective tutorial---> [link]
helpful stuff in my gallery---> [link]
the lineart tutorial---> [link]
the penciling tutorial---> [link]
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ExudeArt's avatar
ExudeArtHobbyist General Artist
This is so thorough and glorious omg 
denchords's avatar
A wonderful and clever tutorial. Thank you very much
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LeafstormyHobbyist General Artist
Now this is one of the thing that I REALLY lack skill on. This is and will be very useful. Thank you so much for this!
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AralonSkyHobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the explanation! I have a question: how to decide where to put the vanishing points? For example: I'm drawing a few characters close-up on a street, and I want to show the buildings behind them. When my characters are on the right side of the canvas, do I need to draw the vanishing point in the middle, or on the left side. Because either way, it quickly looks distorted, like the street is very large or the characters have sunk into the street, or they're actually walking inside the buildings on the left side. I'm sorry, perspective isn't my strong field so it's hard to put into words... >~<
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Hello there, I'm Nene and I would like to really thank you for your super accurate and interesting tutorial. I haven't read all of it yet but I can alredy say that it will turn out to be very helpful (I always had some struggles with perspective)!! It's easy to understand but is pretty deep (in knowledge? I don't know how to express it, sorry)! And the historical touch is so interesting!! Thank you again!
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ozamatheusHobbyist General Artist
LOL amazing
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girlwolflashidaHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
Big-Uncle-V's avatar
Yo, mate. This here looks like a big piece of work. I just might have to attack it in bite-sized chunks in spurts of down-time.
Nice work on this one. Definitely gets the points across that'd otherwise fly over my head.
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Lirael030Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing. It's much better than the one in the drawing book I bought.
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SagireHobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is easier to understand than the book I bought. This is immensely informative.
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shiraseoHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial, it helps me a lot ^^
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MaidiinHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really needed help on perspective^U^
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clockwork-madnessProfessional Digital Artist
I didn't have the time to read it all (I'm about to pop off to bed) but it's really easy to understand and I think I might finally have a hope of grasping perspective! Thank you so much!
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kaze-no-uta-chanHobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing tutorial!! Thanks!!! For the first time I feel like I really understood perspetcive!!
Windkreek's avatar
Thank you for this tutorial, it helped me a lot!
MoonBlossomSnow's avatar
Such a wonderful, informative tutorial! Phew, I managed to make it to the conclusion! I am awed as how you made this really simple to understand, because I am a total beginner on perspectives. I've learned so much, thank you! :iconyattaaplz:
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RukuyuStudent Digital Artist
You explained it so much easier than my freakin' (cheap) art teacher! Bravo!
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ayushraj1024Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man...it's super helpful. Thank you so much!! ;) :3
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GrandTA5Hobbyist General Artist
That was very useful, thank you!!
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AMichelJStudent Filmographer
This is such an awesome tutorial. I'm just starting to expand into trying to actively incorporate perspective into my art and this has been a great help in understanding it. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this!
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Carnival-28Student General Artist
If I weren't an art student, I'd pelt you with solid gold watches and diamond studded peacocks.
Great tutorial. I actually understand perspective now.
(At least to the point I read up to. It's almost midnight and I'm tired. I'll read the rest tommorrow.)
Thanks again. This is amazing.
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