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The Perspective Tutorial by sashas The Perspective Tutorial by sashas
This tutorial is new. It includes additional notes and will replace the preview version, as it includes one through three point perspective and other things....

Murr... I haven't signed on in months, but I thought I might upload a little somethin' somethin' for you before I lose my internet. So yeah, I won't be replying to notes, comments et cetera, but I hope you will enjoy this tutorial.

Heh, lots of typos I'm sure. u__u Careful before you download; the image is around 15 thousand pixels high.

Sasha Lynn Stowers

UPDATE: Thanks very much for support via faves and comments. I'm also really happy to get a DD for a tutorial (my favorite devs.)

For those of you using this for classes or as a teaching aid: I'm happy you find this so useful. I don't mind if you use this as an outline for your work. But if you could credit me with the text, point your students to my website or DA page that'd be awetastic. Also, if you could provide me some info where you are teaching it (name of school, location, etc.) or pictures of your students using my text that be great : ) I'd like to combine these and other tutorials into a mega thick book, and I think it would helpful when I create a book proposal.

Thanks very much,
Sasha Lynn Stowers

I make my tutorials for free, but if you enjoy my tutorials and want to donate some funds for gas, art books, and such, I would appreciate it. [link]


mayshing's perspective tutorial---> [link]
helpful stuff in my gallery---> [link]
the lineart tutorial---> [link]
the penciling tutorial---> [link]
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Given 2008-08-30
The Perspective Tutorial by =sashas is an extremely thorough and detailed tutorial that will guide you through the many areas of creating a dimensional perspective to your drawings while at the same time give you a greater understanding of depth and space as normally perceived by the eye.A must read for those who find hard to obtain a three-dimensional result while working on a flat surface. ( Featured by znow-white )
Jcepeda2612 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Why is it so blurry?:(
katrahmat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times thank you. I've gone through a dozen youtube videos and even a Uni's architecture tutorial and I didn't get it. I was beginning to think I would never get it but you've really made it less intimidating and totally understandable. I think you're a wonderful teacher, and you've really provided a selfless service sharing this with everyone. Thank you thank you!!!!
Aoi-Kanou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the tutorial!
samsamsierra Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow this is our lesson in our class today so thanks!
aycachan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This helps a lot! Ayano Tateyama (Bows) [V12] 
SeeSamSketch Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Very helpful!
TakuyaKironggo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
thank you!!!
Anerolatinemip Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wo, wo, thanks!
OniCiel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, a useful refresher.
egoff99 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
"The vanishing point is the point at which things vanish"

Very informative, but with enough personal voice to keep the reader interested... I'll use this, so thanks!
AleLovesSakuraHana Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
awesome tutorial :D
Crochum Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
i like this tutorial, it makes it easy to understand the world of perspective (which is something I've always had problem with).

Keep it up. :D
GuillaumeStordeur Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Very cool tutorial!

It inspired me to make some Perspective Line Constraint presets for Lazy Nezumi Pro! :)
Check them out here:
WalkingMadness Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tetrodoxin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's very helpful! :D
ShaneProcrastinates Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student General Artist

I followed this through with pen and paper in hand, and I must say it was rather informative!
As you said, I got a new perspective on life (Dat pun, dun kill me pliz) and will now try and involve it into my work :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this! It will come in handy :)

Keep up the good work and have a nice day! Seizure Kitty Dance 
stephenglagow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic breakdown!
silverfan118 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
really nice! Thank you for making this! ^^
Ggb81 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I love your tutorials :)
Lexi-Loo98 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Madeline-Cornish Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wonderfully insightful and extremely thorough; thanks for the approachable lingo and helpful pictorial reference. (: 
Loreathan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!,thanks for the effort
Supermacaquecool Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tut was very well explained, and the style used to write it gave friendly vibes...but my head still hurts after reading all of one point perspective. I want to cry, but your example of saying "all fits in a box" was very helpful. Ah, tomorrow I'll read the rest of it, for the time being I was to see if I managed to get a gist of I did read today.
mozrah Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the awesome and understandable tutorial! :D My mind is refreshed and I learned definitely! :D
Silkkat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing Tutorial, awesome!
Johbee Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh holy cow, Your explanation on perspective is so easy to understand. You broke it down for me and suddenly I get it. I was struggling with perspective for quite a while. Thank you thank you thank you I'm going to go practice now! Thank you.
idanei Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I have a few books named "The Basics of Drawing", "Learn to Draw", "School of Drawing and Painting" and so on. In each book there're at least a few pages describing perspective. I've been strugling to understand them since I get the books (I was like... eight years old?). I gave up recently, because I'm sixteen now and it just didn't work. And you know what? I typed "perspective tutorial" in the dA search option - the first deviation that has appeared was yours. I want to say... thank you, everything seems so clear now. You did a wonderful job.
TheSyrin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great help and very easy to understand!!
Thank you~<3
chibachiaki Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this really helped me alot..:D
Children7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This is WONDRFUL! I am struggling to understand and this is SO helpful!:clap:
galvezs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really helpful!
JessicaRowe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so incredibly helpful, I would have been shocked if this did not have a DD. Super amazing, thanks.
tienbu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Hi there thanks for the help.

I have a quick question regarding three point perspective.

How to draw objects that are non parallel. Example books on a table that are turned at an angle of 45.

I'm stuck can't find any examples on internet.

Empty-Frames Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic. So easy to follow. I gained more from this one tutorial, than 5 years of doing art in school. You have amazing talent.
space-lord Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Very helpful tutorial, I followed it all the way through and didn't get stuck once. You have a fresh way of writing which made it very easy to follow. Great stuff
IXAmXDeathXBee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
A million thank yous for this! :iconhappytearsplz:
Combo89 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had some work with those perspective at high school! That's really a good guide (:
mwafy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i donno what i have to say,
it's wonderful awesome great
it really helped me so much
thank u sash so much :)
Senwe45 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll fave to read it later, but it seems to be pretty interesting :3
Hemamal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You are god!
Pure-Violence Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kinda confusing but I think I get the idea of it. Nice job though
tenko72 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Thank you so much for the worm's eye and bird's eye explanation. I never knew they were the same thing as far as drawing the shapes go.
4contrast Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing! People write books about perspective, and here it is, one page worth more than most of them.
LB-Lee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. This is awesome! I have a major problem understanding linear perspective and rotating 3D shapes in my head, so I'm reading through this in small chunks, so I can digest it. I'm hoping this time, I really can understand it properly. Thank you so much! Faving for reference.
UiaBird Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I love love love this tutorial! Thank you! :dummy:
Pixie-Lips Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial - I really learnt a lot whilst doing this. And I really did love drawing along with you; it helped reinforce your points. Thank you very much for this! But, I'm curious, can this be applied to drawing persons from different perspectives?
ShadowDash1901 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
So, I understand everything that you said in this tutorial. I understand the use of vanishing points to create a single box or multiple parallel boxes, but what about boxes that are not parallel to one another? It seems that in order to make non-parallel, you would need non-shared vanishing points, but how do you know where to put them?
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   General Artist
that's right, you need to create another set of vanishing points. it's up to you where to put them. just imagine that you look from above on the whole scene and rotate the original vanishing points to the angle you want to achieve on the second one, assuming the viewer is the vertex of the angle. you can make infinite number of vanishing points this way. :lol:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   General Artist
this is really great tutorial, it explains a lot of things that are usually ignored in most perspective tutorial. even though I'm after architecture drawing course I learned useful informations from you. I really appreciate your work put into this tutorial. :heart:
I only wish letters were a bit bigger, I struggled a little with reading ^^;
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my burning question: how do you know where to put the vanishing points? It all seems me, so when I try to work with perspective, nothing ends up looking right because I don't know what creates vanishing points. Halp me!! lol :)
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