Practice for Drawing in Perspective class

  • SVS OG

    I’ve started doing the practice exercises to go with @will-terry’s Drawing in Perspective class.. I always like seeing other people post their exercise makes me more motivated to do them too! …so I thought I’d share mine.

    Started doing the 2-point boxes..



    Then tried doing rotated ones…This exercise started to melt my brain which probably means I needed to do it.


    Then I thought the cubes could be washing machines…


    …and I cropped & tidied it to make this…


    I don’t currently intend to take it any further than a sketch stage, but I’m pleased because if someone had told me to draw floating washing machines before taking this class, I think I would have done it a lot worse. So when planning pieces I’ll hopefully take the time to do this more often…

  • SVS OG

    Perspective hurts my head. I have pages or shapes from taking that class. It makes much more sense to my husband because hes mathematical and a carpenter. I need to watch it again and get his help on it. The washing machines sketch is adorable. I love it.

  • Wow! This is super impressive for playing around with perspective. You created an entire scene with an interesting character and storyline. I just make the boxes. I'm inspired by your creative brain!

  • Pro SVS OG

    love this!

  • very nice! love those floating washing machines.

  • @Dulcie These are awesome! Do you feel that this helped your speed and accuracy in drawing shapes in various positions out of your head? I love seeing the work!

  • I love your washing machines! Great concpet too! I'm doing that class right now too, and I was having so much fun drawing those.

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    @Pamela-Fraley Thanks 🙂 Yes it definitely melts my brain too!
    @Carrie Thanks for the kind words, glad you like the idea 🙂
    @lmrush Thank you!
    @Naroth-Kean Thank you 🙂
    @bharris Thanks! Glad you are getting good things out of this class too!

    @Will-Terry Thanks! Glad you approve. Yes, I'm only half way through the class but I'm 100% sure that this is going to help with accuracy of drawing, and I'm super excited about applying it to my next pieces...hopefully the speed will come with practice. There are some things I don't understand yet, but I'm hoping that it will become clear by the end of the class...if not I'll post questions here 🙂

  • @Dulcie and if you post questions here tag me so I'll see it and can respond 🙂

  • Pro SVS OG

    @Dulcie I love your washing machines! They are the best 🙂
    I'm currently half through creative composition, looking forward (and trembling with fear) to taking the perspective class...

  • Very solid work. I like the final illustration.

    The box in picture 2 looks distorted, as you are placing it well beyond the range that 2 point perspective can handle realistically. The 60 degree cone of vision shows the range a two point perspective can handle without any distortion. It can be worked out by placing a circle that is 2/3 the width of the distance from one vanishing point to another, in the centre between the vanishing points. I've overlayed it on your drawings to show how it works:


    The simplest way to remove the distortion is to move your vanishing points further apart.

    The boxes in picture 3 look distorted as the eye line needs to perpendicular to the edge that doesn't foreshorten (for 2 point). When I adjust this, it places them outside the cone of vision (especially the one to the right, which is right above the vanishing point at this angle). I could have raised the eye level to match more the centre of yours, but those boxes on the right would still be distorted. Even in 3 point, the eye line needs to be perpendicular to two of the points.


    The cubes in the final illustration look good as you have instinctively kept them within or close to the cone of vision.

    I hope this helps. 🙂

  • SVS OG

    @mag Thank you! 🙂 Ah Creative Composition is on my to-do list too, looks very useful.

    @NickA Thanks very much for your feedback and especially for taking the time to do a draw-over! I know there is still a lot I have to learn, and posts like yours really help.. I could see that some of the boxes were getting distorted as you say. I will do more practice and hopefully will get there 🙂

  • SVS OG

    I too love the washing machines! Nice work!

  • SVS OG

    Love it! Here are some of my perspective exercises. It's a good idea to share! 12745809_10208055196231214_710028671876468030_n.jpg 12743638_10208055195991208_4301463003395167551_n.jpg 12321644_10208055195751202_773269387883717346_n.jpg 12744188_10208055194511171_4789218305154069980_n.jpg

  • SVS OG

    @natiwata Thank you! 🙂

    @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen These are fantastic, great work! Glad you are making the most of these exercises too…thanks for sharing 🙂

    I’ve carried on with the rest of the exercises from the class:






  • SVS OG

    @Will-Terry Thanks for a great class! I do still have a couple of questions though.. you see, I was enjoying drawing all these floating guitars, and I wanted to turn it into a surrealist landscape of guitars…but I got confused once I got further outwards. Am I allowed to draw the other side of the vanishing points? I can imagine it carrying on, so it must be possible, but I’m not sure what the rules are.


    I’m sure I remember seeing on SVS somewhere Jake talking about perspective on a street scene/street corner, where you have both 3-point and 1-point going on…I tried to find it but the nearest similar example I can find was my piece here (I think I was subconsciously inspired to do a similar perspective after watching it):


    So could I apply that sort of perspective to the guitars and carry on outwards? More broadly, when you’re constructing a scene are there any rules about how far you can draw outwards/around the points?

  • SVS OG

    Those look really good! I am trying to stick with one class. I started perspective and listened to it but didn't do all the exercises. Now I am doing the Creative Composition class and doing that workbook. It has already been helpful to me in fixing work that I thought was a finished dummy (boy was I wrong 🙂 ) It is looking much better.

    Sorry these photos aren't that good.

    Here are some photos of the pages I've done so far-it would be nice to know if I'm "getting it" with the assignments. I kind of hesitate to show them but, I should really ask for input so I can progress.10403106_10208069590831070_7331491906000580927_n.jpg 1531864_10208069590631065_2236426188517773179_n.jpg 12742343_10208069590351058_6800550716707740450_n.jpg 12742492_10208069590031050_2751315309626777373_n.jpg 12744226_10208069589871046_9201430613122584700_n.jpg 12795575_10208069589631040_2098705194528897427_n.jpg

  • Pro SVS OG

    Good for you for putting in the time, thanks for sharing

  • @Dulcie Haha! This washing machine idea was great! Indeed, we can get inspiration from everything! You´re doing really great and I´m seeing your progress.

    I did @Will-Terry perspective class during this week too, here are some of my studies. I almost fried my brain thinking about it 😨
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    @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Good for you for keeping on with those exercises, they look great! Creative Composition is one class I haven't done yet (it's on my list!) but I've seen a fair few of the exercise sheets posted and it looks like you're going the right way with them 🙂

    @kamiqueiroz Thank you! Yes it's the type of class that fries your brain but worth it...Your sketches look great, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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