Intro to Perspective – In 5 Minutes

Posted on 2012/01/10 at 21:23 by daarken 24 Comments

In this video Daarken will go over some very basic perspective principles.

24 Comments on "Intro to Perspective – In 5 Minutes"

  1. Trace007 · 2012/01/10 at 21:44 · Reply

    Hey, I was just wondering, is it common for artists to set up v-points? I always figured that it would make things easier, but I never really enjoyed setting them up because my points would end up being off the page. I imagine other artists either ignore or bypass this problem.

    Anyway, I’m sure pretty much everyone tackles perspective in the easiest way for themselves, but I figure I might as well as if this is commonly done.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/11 at 08:40 · Reply

      I usually don’t set them up because I am too lazy, lol! I probably should though.

  2. Judy · 2012/01/11 at 00:39 · Reply

    Nice!!! I didn’t know that I can combine more than one perspective in a grid. That’s why while watching Feng tutorial I coulden’t understand the perspective, there were lines going everywhere and I couldn’t follow. Thanks so much dear Daarken!!

  3. Carlos Arthur · 2012/01/11 at 04:19 · Reply

    my internet is crazy these days so I had to download the video, and although I have waited two hours for the download, I do not regret, very good video, Thanks Daarken-sensei

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/11 at 08:42 · Reply

      That sucks! Well I appreciate your patience!

  4. Judy · 2012/01/11 at 09:12 · Reply

    Hi Daarken,
    In your tutorial “untraveled path” you said that you always try to avoid tangent. What does mean? I was not sure where to ask this question so hope you don’t mind. Thanks in advance!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/11 at 14:08 · Reply

      Tangents are when two elements touch, causing tension and loss of depth. Sort of like when people take photos holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It flattens out the image because the person in the foreground is touching something in the background.

      • Judy · 2012/01/11 at 15:16 · Reply

        Oh I see, thanks so much and thanks for the good example :)

  5. arya · 2012/01/11 at 10:46 · Reply

    How in depth with perspective will you get? Will you explain measuring points, how do develop a painting from a floor plan, etc?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/11 at 14:10 · Reply

      I probably won’t go that far into detail right now. Maybe in the future.

  6. Ernest · 2012/01/11 at 13:03 · Reply

    Great tutorial thanks!!

    BTW I think you should change the Chat “Talk” icon, the white and green bubble thing.

    Its really breaking with the overall page design wich I love and looks sleek and professional.

    Keep it up!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/11 at 13:52 · Reply

      Thanks! Unfortunately I can’t change it.

  7. Toby · 2012/01/11 at 13:35 · Reply

    Thanks a bunch for another great tutorial- i enjoyed watching even though i knew everything explained in this Tutorial already.
    But what i do struggle a lot with, is drawing curved lines following a perspective- maybe ’cause nobody ever showed me how- i dunno, but well,
    would you cover that in one of you tutorials as well?
    (I know how to draw circles in perspective- aka ellipses, for example a wheel, but curved shapes like a hiking path… they always seem odd…)

  8. Johnny · 2012/01/11 at 13:40 · Reply

    Thank you so much for this vid Daarken. Just wondering, are you going to cover the “industrial design approach” to drawing objects? I’m having trouble with drawing everyday man-made objects in perspective.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/11 at 14:12 · Reply

      Hmm, maybe in the future but probably not right now.

  9. David · 2012/01/12 at 07:08 · Reply

    Even though I already learned about perspective grids years ago I am barely using them. Most of the time I only start drawing a couple perspective grid lines when I am working on really big pictures. Otherwise I mess up in calculating where the lines are supposed to end.

    I probably should use a persepctive grid more often especially since I have been working on urban scenes a lot lately.

  10. Eve · 2012/01/27 at 14:42 · Reply

    Hey daarken, first of all, thank you so much for your videos, it has been a great help!
    in this video though, there is one thing that I don’t quite understand and I really hope you can explain it to me. which is, how do you know how far away from the one point perspective vanishing point, you should place the vanishing points from 2 point perspective ?
    One more question, do you know any book or website (apart from yours :p) that can answer these kind of questions? I’m having a really hard time finding it

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/27 at 15:10 · Reply

      How far apart the two vanishing points is up to you based on how severe you want the perspective to be. The closer together they are the more severe it will look.

      • Eve · 2012/01/28 at 02:34 · Reply

        So basically there is no rule to it, and you decide where to put them by eye-balling?

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/01/28 at 09:55 · Reply

          It isn’t so much eye-balling it as it is just deciding on what angle you want your painting to be. It is up to you. Do you want your perspective to look more severe or less severe? You have control over your vanishing points, so just decide on the look you are going for.

          • Eve · 2012/01/29 at 10:49 ·

            I made some drawings and I totally get it now ! I was so confused >.< so thank you so much for doing these tutorials and your replies =D

  11. Matt · 2012/02/13 at 08:58 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,
    Do you have the perspective brush that you used in this tutorial available for download, as I am having trouble finding a good perspective brush.

    Keep up the great work.

    Kind regards,


  12. jbone · 2013/01/26 at 18:19 · Reply

    awesome this makes it easier to see and setup, already downloading grid brushes!!!

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