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How to Learn Perspective – Draftsmen S1E26

November 26, 20195 Comments

How do you study perspective? Marshall breaks down the elements of perspective and how you’d go about learning it. Stan also challenges Marshall to draw some boxes and run them through his new Box AI BETA App that’s being developed in the Proko lab.

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Referenced Artists/Works:

Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph D’Amelio

Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Ralph Norling

How to Use Creative Perspective by Ernest William Watson

Kim Jung G – Omphalos

Perspective! for Comic Book Artists by David Chelsea

Framed Perspective Vol 1 & 2 by Marcos Mateu-Mestre

Glenn Vilppu

Marshall’s perspective course

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  1. Hello Proko, hello Marshall.

    Thanks a lot for the podcasts. I like to listen to them on my commute.

    In general, i just enjoy and take your advice.

    However, on the perspective one, I would like to provide some feedback on the resource proposed. I bought Watson’s book back in 2001 – i am not sure which artist recommended it, but it was ‘the book to learn from’…well i tried, and tried and tried and it did not click.The book itself is a reminder for the educated, as the author seems to have written the 75% knowledge down and mixing it up with analyzing professional illustrations before concepts are completely explained and through exercises understood.Also, the amount of text compared to explanation diagrams is not optimal.
    The biggest flaw in terms of enabling a student (after having studied and still studying perspective resources of all, mostly bad, kind) is that there is no explanation of the connection between Station Point, COV and the resulting vanishing points. When these concepts are clearly explained and understood the complexity of the book can be mastered…But I still think the writing is cumbersome and there are better books to learn from (all the others on the list…).

    In general, I think the world needs a GOOD perspective course as good and reliable information on youtube is sparse and needs to be discovered in a painful process…If you just patch it all together and make it concise then you already have a winner.

  2. Dale Burgess says:

    Greetings. I have a question regarding 2 (and a similar question for 3) point perspective. The planes of a cube are trapezoidal in shape, with 1 side shorter than the opposite one. If you draw a circle (in perspective) on the plane, does it form a ‘true’ ellipse, or an ‘almost’ one? My remembrance of the true construction of an ellipse requires a parallelogram… though my days behind a drafting table are over 4 decades in the past.

    My ‘understanding’ of the principles of perspective should squash one side more than the other, so it will not be symmetrical on the major axis. Is this an illusion from the vision plane not fully aligning with the drawing plane (so that the actual object is a ‘true’ ellipse and could be made with a template or constructed with compass) or does the actual shape differ from a ‘true’ ellipse?

    Thanks for answering this question (in advance!). I’ve only taken up drawing (“for fun and profit”) in the last 5-6 months, having spent the rest of my life avoiding pictionary games like the plague, not having access to T-square or drafting machine so was only able to draw straight line without computer assistance 3 times out of 10.

    I enjoy the podcast. I’m somewhat confused by the title, as my experience as a ‘draftsman’ involved engineering drawing, done with tools and equipment and not as ‘art.’ An expanded explanation of your use of this term would help me understand.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

    Dale “Phred the Elder” Burgess

  3. Josue says:

    Is the perspective course mentioned in the podcast already out, or is it still in production?

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