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The Perspective Tutorial by sashas The Perspective Tutorial by sashas
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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Given 2008-08-30
The Perspective Tutorial by =sashas is an extremely thorough and detailed tutorial that will guide you through the many areas of creating a dimensional perspective to your drawings while at the same time give you a greater understanding of depth and space as normally perceived by the eye.A must read for those who find hard to obtain a three-dimensional result while working on a flat surface. ( Featured by znow-white )
Leafstormy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist 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!
AralonSky Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist 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... >~<
Nenekonyannyan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018   Artist
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!
ozamatheus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL amazing
girlwolflashida Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
Big-Uncle-V Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2017
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.
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Great !
Lirael030 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing. It's much better than the one in the drawing book I bought.
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016   Artist
Thank you!
Sagire Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is easier to understand than the book I bought. This is immensely informative.
princeofcs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
shiraseo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial, it helps me a lot ^^
Maidiin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really needed help on perspective^U^
clockwork-madness Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional 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!
kaze-no-uta-chan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing tutorial!! Thanks!!! For the first time I feel like I really understood perspetcive!!
Windkreek Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Thank you for this tutorial, it helped me a lot!
MoonBlossomSnow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
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:
Rukuyu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You explained it so much easier than my freakin' (cheap) art teacher! Bravo!
AyushRajKai Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey's super helpful. Thank you so much!! ;) :3
GrandTA5 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That was very useful, thank you!!
AMichelJ Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student 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!
Carnival-28 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student 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.
Jcepeda2612 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Why is it so blurry?:(
katrahmat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times thank you. I've gone through a dozen youtube videos and even a Uni's architecture tutorial and I didn't get it. I was beginning to think I would never get it but you've really made it less intimidating and totally understandable. I think you're a wonderful teacher, and you've really provided a selfless service sharing this with everyone. Thank you thank you!!!!
Aoi-Kanou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the tutorial!
samsamsierra Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow this is our lesson in our class today so thanks!
aycachan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This helps a lot! Ayano Tateyama (Bows) [V12] 
SeeSamSketch Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Very helpful!
TakuyaKironggo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
thank you!!!
Anerolatinemip Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wo, wo, thanks!
OniCiel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, a useful refresher.
egoff99 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
"The vanishing point is the point at which things vanish"

Very informative, but with enough personal voice to keep the reader interested... I'll use this, so thanks!
AleLovesSakuraHana Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
awesome tutorial :D
Crochum Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
i like this tutorial, it makes it easy to understand the world of perspective (which is something I've always had problem with).

Keep it up. :D
GuillaumeStordeur Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Very cool tutorial!

It inspired me to make some Perspective Line Constraint presets for Lazy Nezumi Pro! :)
Check them out here:
Lu-Silveira Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Tetrodoxin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's very helpful! :D
ShaneProcrastinates Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student General Artist

I followed this through with pen and paper in hand, and I must say it was rather informative!
As you said, I got a new perspective on life (Dat pun, dun kill me pliz) and will now try and involve it into my work :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this! It will come in handy :)

Keep up the good work and have a nice day! Seizure Kitty Dance 
stephenglagow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic breakdown!
silverfan118 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
really nice! Thank you for making this! ^^
Ggb81 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I love your tutorials :)
Lexi-Loo98 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Madeline-Cornish Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wonderfully insightful and extremely thorough; thanks for the approachable lingo and helpful pictorial reference. (: 
Loreathan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amazing!,thanks for the effort
Supermacaquecool Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tut was very well explained, and the style used to write it gave friendly vibes...but my head still hurts after reading all of one point perspective. I want to cry, but your example of saying "all fits in a box" was very helpful. Ah, tomorrow I'll read the rest of it, for the time being I was to see if I managed to get a gist of I did read today.
mozrah Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the awesome and understandable tutorial! :D My mind is refreshed and I learned definitely! :D
Silkkat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing Tutorial, awesome!
Johbee Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh holy cow, Your explanation on perspective is so easy to understand. You broke it down for me and suddenly I get it. I was struggling with perspective for quite a while. Thank you thank you thank you I'm going to go practice now! Thank you.
idanei Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student
I have a few books named "The Basics of Drawing", "Learn to Draw", "School of Drawing and Painting" and so on. In each book there're at least a few pages describing perspective. I've been strugling to understand them since I get the books (I was like... eight years old?). I gave up recently, because I'm sixteen now and it just didn't work. And you know what? I typed "perspective tutorial" in the dA search option - the first deviation that has appeared was yours. I want to say... thank you, everything seems so clear now. You did a wonderful job.
TheSyrin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great help and very easy to understand!!
Thank you~<3
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