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Simplifying Perspective
A Step-by-Step Guide for Visual Artists
A Step-by-Step Guide for Visual Artists
Perspective, as an artist’s tool, has had it a bit rough. At times it can look a bit… complicated. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, especially online. Some books barely scrape the surface, while others can unnecessarily complicate matters. Even computers are adding to the problem. Some recent software applications have hyped up their ability to create images in perspective, without going into much detail about their limitations or own inherent learning curve. Luckily, one thing remains constant.

When all is said and done, perspective is really about drawing.

If you’re wondering how learning perspective can help you reach your goals as an artist, click on the links below to find out more.
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Perspective is great at helping you draw the things that you don’t quite know how to draw yet. While you can seek always seek out reference material, it’s always hard to find the exact image you need. Once you learn to how draw in perspective, you won’t have to be a slave to your reference or compromise your ideas. You’ll finally able to use reference the way you’re supposed to – as visual inspiration and support to help you with your own ideas.
Definitely. This happens in two ways. First, knowing perspective makes it a lot easier to draw things from your imagination. Perspective is designed to help you correctly show form and space from a particular point of view. It guides your drawing in a way that mimics how the human eye sees. Second, the more you work in perspective, the more you develop a solid visual vocabulary. You’ll have a better sense of what things actually look like, whether they’re big or small, round or square, near or far, even simple or complicated. As your visual vocabulary grows, you’ll find that you’ll need the technical parts of perspective less and less. It’s always there though, to help you tackle the things that are a bit beyond your abilities.
This is becoming a very common question. While there’s software that can make quick work of some common repetitive tasks, 3D software isn’t a very user friendly when you’re trying to work out some rough, general ideas in perspective. You’re better off using software as an ‘execution’ tool rather than an ‘ideation’ tool. If you’re new to both 3D and perspective, you’ll find the learning curve is much smaller with perspective. Every time you work something out with a pencil or stylus, you give yourself the opportunity to get better at drawing. That’s always a good thing. Chances are, the digital artists you admire the most are probably also pretty good with a pencil. A good part of that has to do with having a command of form and space – the two areas where perspective helps you the most.