What is a good way for praticing perspective
i been trying to draw on my own and it like i can see the perspective as i should i know there is a way you can pratice perspective and im just asking what are some good things i can draw or look at that might let me get a hold of perspective batter. I know books are one and im working on geting one that might help me but is there some stuff i should look at before i start drawing, thing that can help me.
Look outside... It helps.
Study the rules of 1. 2 and 3-point perspective and then practice the lessons they give you.
I think Succesful Drawing by Andrew Loomis is the best book on perspective I've seen (it starts super-simple and gets INSANELY complex by the end, but it's a nice slow curve. There's a link somewhere around here to the pdf of that book.
Here's a quick rule to help you start knowing WHICH kind of perspective to use.
Look at your drawing frame (in comics, your "panel"), and look at the horizon line and vanishing points of the overall scene. If the VP and HL are INSIDE the frame, use 1-point perspective. If the VP is OUTSIDE the frame. but the HL is IN the frame, use 2-point. If BOTH the VP and the HL are OUT of the frame, use 3-point perspective.
Once I learned that, I found it a LOT easier to know how to apply perspective.
Loomis is great for perspective. Another great volume is Ernest Norlings "Perspective Made Easy" which does a better job explaining how perspective works. While you may not need to be an engineer to start a car by turning the key, it sure helps when you turn the key and nothing happens.
One of Norling's excercises is to prop up a sheet of glass and then, looking through it, trace reality. Prop it low for upshots, high for down shots, it really hammers in the idea of the horizon and how it affects your composition.
Originally Posted by Baloodoo Bill
Saaaayyyy... that's pretty clever. Stability must be a bitch without an easel or clamp frame of some sort, though...
I've actually seen that glass trick done with grease pencils on a window. By positioning yourself differently relative to the window, and placing various objects on the other side of the window (such as boxes, books, cups, etc.), you can simulate various objects in reality and trace them that way.
Another trick I've seen employed is the use of children's wooden blocks. The "building blocks" you see in kindergarten and pre-school rooms all over. They come in a variety of shapes such as rectangles, squares and cylinders, and you can stack then in interesting configurations. Then, just draw them as you see them from various points of view, or again use the propped-glass technique.
be aware of the different types of perspective. look at photographs; compare the results with what you see with the naked eye. depending on the lens used, you'll get different distortions. be aware of how perspective is manipulated and don't blindly apply your techniques, especially to people. that can be a useless exercise in shoe-horning objects into a box.
when working from reference be aware of the grotesque distortions introduced by photographers. they were probably trying to enlarge/emphasize a merely modest butt.