This free application can supercharge your perspective drawing practise…
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Subject: I discuss an effective approach to learning perspective quickly, assuming 0 prior knowledge. I also provide a free application that you can use to practice perspective drawing.
It’s my belief that all creators should practice their drawing, in order to efficiently illustrate ideas to other people. Understanding the fundamentals of perspective are essential for this and so I’ve put together an application that can help you super charge your perspective practice.
Getting the basics of Perspective
If you’re unfamiliar with perspective drawing, you can pick up the basics in just a few hours. For an introductory course, I heartily recommend Marshall Vandruff’s Perspective lecture series, which is available here for just $12. Marshall’s concise and easy to follow instructions make it simple to understand both the basics and more advanced perspective drawing techniques, for just $1 per lecture.
Once you understand the basics of perspective, all that is left is to practice those skills. Marshall makes frequent reference to the textbook “Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators” and suggests students follow along with the exercises in this book after his lectures. If you’re interested, you can buy this textbook below.
The first exercise the textbook has you do is create a number of paper models of basic shapes to practice drawing in perspective. To save everyone the hassle, I’ve put together a Unity application with each of the shapes built as 3d models. I’ve also included a bonus anime dude, which can be helpful if you’re trying to draw in that style.
How to use this app
To use this application, first choose a shape from the dropdown box on the side. The ellipse cube is a great way to practice drawing ellipses and understanding how they relate to a cube. If you hold the Y key and drag with the mouse, you’ll see how the circle on the cube slowly shifts to an oval shape. Practice drawing both the cube’s sides and the oval at different angles.
It’s important to really focus on the angle of the ellipse as you draw it. You could even put a piece of paper over your monitor and trace the shape of a few ellipses to really help your brain understand the curvature.
The other shapes can be used as necessary. Drag them around into various angles and try drawing them by hand. It can be very useful to know how certain shapes relate to an ellipse or square. If you practice drawing all of these basic shapes, you should then be able to use this knowledge to draw anything in 3d.
The anime guy is a little different to the other shapes and can be ignored if you have no interest in drawing in an anime style. However, if this is something you’d like to learn, I suggest drawing the anime guy’s head at various angles. It can be really helpful in understanding how the shapes recede into the distance. If you have trouble with your anime style drawings looking very flat, give this a go.