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07-21-2005, 05:56 PM
Any good resources for learning perspective drawing with concept art in mind (like drawing vehicles, aircrafts, etc). I went to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and I learned about 1 & 2 point perspectives. It's been over 7 years since then lol, but I can remember the basics.
I'm assuming most concept artists will draw their vehicles and buildings in perspective. I can get the buildings and interiors done, but not my vehicles or spacecrafts.
Dr. Ira Kane
07-21-2005, 06:16 PM
Check this http://www.drawthrough.com/tutorials/index.html , it's basic but I didn't find anything more.
07-21-2005, 08:34 PM
http://www2.evansville.edu/studiochalkboard/draw.html is a good site that covers one, two and three-point perspective basics, plus a little more.
There's a good perspective primer in the well-known book How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0671530771/qid=1121977150/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_sbs_1/104-0714280-7303143?v=glance&s=books&n=507846). It's a good place to learn the basics.
For a more thorough exploration of the subject, Perspective! for Comic Book Artists (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0823005674/qid=1121977232/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-0714280-7303143?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) is a good read. If you can deal with the comic book format of the book itself, there's a lot of information there. It covers the basics of one, two and three point perspective, as well as other subjects such as accurate measurement in perspective, floorplans, depth cues, circles in perspective, rotating objects in perspective, and a lot more. Some sections get quite technical, and can be a bit confusing, but there's more than enough information to get the novice up and running and familiar with a lot of the terminology (diagonal vanishing point, picture plane, center of vision, cone of vision, zenith, nadir, etc).
Hope this helps.
07-21-2005, 09:01 PM
In addition to the drawthrough tutorials. Scott Robertson also has a book How to Draw Cars the Hot Wheels Way (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0760314802/qid=1121979365/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-7939542-5029527?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) that has a more in-depth perspective car-drawing tutorial and he is also suppose to be coming out with a Vehicle drawing book soon.
His perspective drawing DVD may also be useful too: Basic Perspective Form Drawing (http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/dvds/sro01.html)and he also has a few more dvds on drawing particular vehicles in perspective.
Andrew Loomis's Successful Drawing (http://www.saveloomis.org/successfuldrawing/successfuldrawing.htm) also has about 50 pages on perspective available online.
07-21-2005, 09:04 PM
Thanks guys! I'll look into those books. Anyone try out any of the DVD's at www.thegnomonworkshop.com? They have a few on perspective drawing, but I don't know how good they are.
Dr. Ira Kane
07-21-2005, 09:41 PM
Yes, I watched some of the DVD's recently, they are very good. Neville Page is my favourite, (vol 3 and vol4 of his dvds), then James Clyne and Ryan Church. I'm thinking of Dylan Cole's now, they looks very promising.
07-21-2005, 10:34 PM
I highly recommend the Scott Robertson Perspective DVDs from Gnomon. Volume 1 is fantastic but it requires a lot of hard work to get even as half as good as Scott is. It's really cheap now due to Gnomon's price reduction. If you can't afford all three, get Volume 1 and another that interests you. Also, check out the book Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Norling. It's super cheap and gets right to the point in teaching perspective. Lots of easy to understand sketches and descriptions. Alot of the information in the book is presented in Scott's DVDs. Things like drawing an "X" to find center, the box method to find distances. But covers topics such as placing multiple figures in a scene.
I recommend Scott Robertson's first DVD as well.
07-22-2005, 12:11 AM
Thanks for your recommendations! I am definitely going to get Scott's first DVD. I really like Ryan's work, but not sure which DVD to get (kinda pricey too). I wonder if Gnomon would give CGS members a discount (I'm thinking of joining :) ).
07-22-2005, 12:11 AM
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