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Fundamentals of Perspective

An 8-week introductory course where students will learn the technical concepts of linear perspective drawing

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Learn the concepts of perspective

This is a basic, introductory course in linear perspective drawing. Students enrolled in this class will learn the most fundamental, basic rules, concepts and principles in perspective. The lectures, demos and assignments are created and designed with students who have no, to very little, understanding of basic perspective in mind. Students will gain confidence in fundamental perspective skills through technical studies and in depth presentations of concepts. Focus will be placed on building a foundation of understanding rather than design. This is not a class for students who already consider themselves to have a solid grasp of basic perspective.

This class can be taken digitally or traditionally, but it is strongly suggested to take it digitally since all demonstrations will be done in Photoshop using a tablet and the accuracy of the line work is important to review and overall artistic progression.

*Note: This course can be substitued for Perspective, in the Foundation & Design Program, should the student not be seeking a career in environment or background design. 


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-Recorded
Feedback:   Individual Recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop and Wacom tablet or equivalent strongly preferred
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   Basic drawing skills

Fundamentals of Perspective WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Class Structure: a)Demonstrations b) Assignments c) Feedback d) Live Q&A e) Questions About the instructor: a) Education b)Work experience c) Examples of professional work | Tools and Materials
Fundamentals of perspective- Overview: a) The cone of vision b) The Perspective plane c)The ground plane d) Surface Planes | Repeating Equal Proportions | Repeating Unequal Proportions | Subdividing Equal Proportions
Creating the Cone of Vision| Drawing Accurate 1-Point Perspective Squares | Drawing Accurate 2-Point Perspective Squares | Drawing Accurate 1-Point Perspective Checkered Floors- Eyeball Method | Drawing Accurate 2-Point Perspective Checkered Floors
Locating Eye Levels and Vanishing Points | Scaling Characters - 1 - Point Perspective | Scaling Characters - 2 - Point Perspective | Scaling Character using an Accurate and Measurable Scale
1 - Point Perspective Inclined Surface Planes |1 - Point Perspective Declining Surface Planes | 2 - Point Perspective Ascending Surface Planes | Multiple Inclined Surface Planes
1 - Point Perspective Inclined Staircase | 2 - Point Perspective Inclined Staircase | 2 - Point Perspective Declining Staircase | Multiple Inclined Surface Planes
1 - Point Perspective - The Fundamental Rules | 1 - Point Perspective -Thumbnail Sketches | 1 - Point Perspective - From Thumbnails to Rough Sketches | 1 - Point Perspective -Rough Sketches to Finished Line
2 - Point Perspective - The Fundamental Rules| 2 - Point Perspective -Thumbnail Sketches | 2 - Point Perspective - From Thumbnails to Rough Sketches | 2 - Point Perspective -Rough Sketches to Finished Line
3 - Point Perspective - The Fundamental Rules | 3 - Point Perspective -Thumbnail Sketches | 3 - Point Perspective - From Thumbnails to Rough Sketches | 3 - Point Perspective -Rough Sketches to Finished Line

Your journey starts here

Robert St Pierre
Jon Messer


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