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Perspective Rendering Tutorial by MikeDoscher Perspective Rendering Tutorial by MikeDoscher
Here's that perspective demo I've been promising for far too long. I feel a little odd presenting such a thing, as there are people who are better at it and have better presented their techniques.

I just want everyone reading this to know that perspective is a craft. It's learned both by the mind and by reflex. It's not magic, you can do this. This only real trick is that if you practice enough that you can eyeball minor stuff and things really speed up. Just keep practicing.

If you can spare $40, buy this DVD it's great: [link]
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FulcrumProductions Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I drew my first art deco half-track with this tutorial. It looks horrible, but I finished it, which is more than I ever did before...
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Reflective-Sentinal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also never thought to lookup model makers.

now I have an entirely new section of the web to eat my time. Thanks.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
I tell you who I like, are these guys:

[link]
[link]

Above all, Dr. Shige FUCK YEAH:

[link]
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Reflective-Sentinal Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If you have time, could you have a look at my xwing. [link]

I have been trying to draw one of these for years and this is the first one that looks almost right.

I would love to get a bit of criticism to know where to improve.

thanks
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sure. :) I posted a few suggestions, and I could do a redline on it if you want.
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Reflective-Sentinal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Links to Incredible places are worth more that toner.

thanks man!
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Reflective-Sentinal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just have to say thanks for the link to gnomon
I have bought the dvd and am really learning a lot.

thanks a bunch.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah, good. I'm glad it was of some use. :) Usually I don't go for stuff like that, but that one was amazing. Speaking of which, my skills could likely use another viewing. XD
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Digaloid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   Artist
one question..how do u erase the guide-line without erasing your work along with it?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Usually I'll do my guidelines real light so I can just adjust the levels to get rid of them, but one this one I did them darker than usual as used the smudge tool set to 'lighten'.
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Digaloid Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010   Artist
thanks for the advice =)
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StarCasterGame Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
BEST. TUTORIAL. EVER.
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Dude,I´m fightin around with beatin a perspective into my lil spaceships,then,after one and a half year get so smart to do a search for tutorials and BANG there´s a spaceship perspective rendering tutorial by the guy whos stuff I faved most.Wicked.
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Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Thank =)
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Cpt-Slow Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Okay, you have just convinced me to go out and buy a drawing tablet and actually try this. Nice!

Faved, plus subscribed!
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Posterboy5k Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Nice Tutorial.
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BenRR Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
I worked through this tutorial, and the results surprised me, my sketch actually looked good! Thank you so much! I've printed it for future reference, I hope you don't mind. :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it was helpful. I don't mind you printing it at all. I'm flattered actually.
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AunShova Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Student
interesting very helpful. :)
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SmashR Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Thanks for that !
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
You can´t imagine how much i NEEDED this !
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highTreason Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
any links to good reference sources?

i look at all the detail in your work and i'm like T_T
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
I tend to look at scale modeling websites. Every morning I'll take a quick look at [link], [link] and [link]. I tend to avoid looking at other science fiction stuff because the motifs and shapes are either really recognizable or by and large suck. I'm a klepto when it comes to details. Swipe something from here, something from there and something else from another place and you can get something interesting. Games Workshop made an empire out of this approach. :)
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MysteryofAlbesila Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
very nice step by step
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rocksicle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Nice tut, but surely that's isometric, not a perspective drawing. I mean, I know isometric is a kind of perspective, but when I've heard people talk about it they've always meant something like two point perspective similar to how it might be seen in real life. This is more a 'design' perspective.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's not isometric, but the sense of perspective isn't very pronounced either. I'll probably redo this to a higher standard when I get some time.
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rocksicle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Ah, cool. Looking forward to it.

Actually, could I ask you something? Have you done interior perspective pictures? I tried to do some recently (architecture project) and failed so miserably. I'm aiming for something like this: [link]
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lonstile Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
very helpful! thank you! :+fav:
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bluesonic52000 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Thank you so much for the tutorial :D
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CrabTasterMan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
A lot of times people know the basic idea of how far back they want an object to be in the depth axis of the perspective box, and they put it in the right depth, but they mess up when drawing lines from that object that perpendicularly meets the perspective box. Hence, they get 2 of the dimensions right but make mistakes in the 3rd one...

No wait, i think most people that does this mistake get how much left/right or up/down they want their object, but since a paper is a 2d object we use to make illusions of 3d images when drawing planes and tanks and that kinda stuff...

People who make this mistake will make optical illusions... a seemingly huge object can seem to be coming out of a tiny hole close to us without changing its thickness, being uniform in width. Optical illusions....

you might wanna point it out in your deviation comment about this. I was reminded of this issue when I saw the good chances people would require more than just advices like "use perspective box to figure out how to draw the other side" like when in your tutorial, the steps like number 10, 11, 12.
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This looks amazing; I can't wait to try it, thanks!!
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tikeo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Oh, yay! I got to go try this. *runns off with a pen.*
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HenrikeD Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007  Student Artist
Hey thanks, this is very helpful. :)
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WarpedOrbit Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
:thumbsup:
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Brain-Stick Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Oh!
More tutorials like this if possible please!
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Whiterider11 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Thank you very much!
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very cool. I tend to do the same thing when I draw just to keep things symmetrical when doing a perspective view. Boxing out parts and thinking of all objects as cubes (the easiest thing to draw in "3D") is really a great way to do things and from there you can just keep adding details.

Oh and I also recommend Gnomon DVDs in general - they're all very good. You can find some for animation, modeling, texturing, rendering, matte painting and anything in between.
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Spex84 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Haha! Ask and thou shalt receive! Thanks, man :D
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. :) I hope you find it useful.
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Wade7 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice and simple tutorial...great job...and thanx :D
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kheng Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing your techniques :) very nice
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toiletbear Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Oh my god finally! Malaveldt, this is awesome!!!

Haha, I've been asking for one of these from you for so long... It almost feels like this tutorial thing is just for me! It's truly an honor and privilege!

Hehe I'm going to give it a whirl now and I'll update you after I successfully create some insane mechas. Much much thanks, I'll be sure to accredit you and refer people back here :-P.

Again, thanks for the tutorial! :dance:
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
I hope you find it to be of some use. I meant to have something like this out there much sooner, but other commitments etc. I'll try to have another one out there sometime concentrating on ellipses and minor axes.
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Sirusdark Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanx! I'll see what I can learn from your techniques!

See ya! :D

D_A+
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MatsuRD Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
I have to try this out!
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