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An 8-week course introducing students to linear perspective systems; students will explore a variety of basic and complex laws to convey the illusion of dimensional forms in space

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Course Overview

Depict your art realistically

Perspective is a class that introduces linear perspective systems, helping students to explore a variety of basic and complex laws that convey the illusion of dimensional forms in space on a two-dimensional surface. The goal is to get a working knowledge to design a space and then be able to draw various accurate views of it. Understanding that will give the artist a natural sense for perspective and be able to touch on subjects like visual narrative and point of view. By the end of the class, students should be able to intelligently position a camera or point of view of their choosing inside a designed world. 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. Students will be given access to a week 0 before the class starts to get familiar with Photoshop in case they are not confident with the software. If you still want to take the class using traditional media, please make sure to get the material listed before the class starts.


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; if the class is taken using traditional media, please see syllabus for materials list
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   Everyone is welcome!

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What you'll learn

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How to identify 1-, 2-, & 3-pt perspective | Drawing to scale: referencing back to the horizon to match heights of objects and character | Demo: drawing a bedroom in one point perspective | Blocking out a scene with cubes and a floor grid
How cone of vision and position of vanishing points effect distortion and different camera lenses | The telephone pole method of drawing in measured increments back into space | Ellipses and minor axis tilts | Stairs (vanishing point above and below the horizon)
Third vanishing point and tilting | 3-point narrative | Drawing depth with details | Distance in perspective using levels of detail | Flat vs. deep space
Think your way around a space using 1-, 2-, and 3-point perspective | Camera angles and narrative | Process of thumbnailing
Drawing organic forms in perspective | Forms with wrapped texture and non-flat ground planes | Finish the mini world demo picking from one of the thumbnails
Long format drawing with bending or changing perspective | Horizontal and vertical panning | Truck in, zoom in or out | Repetition or texture to help depth
Levels of realism and graphic perspective | Demo: stylized pan clean up | Blow up one thumbnail and creating a great detailed world | Using different drawing styles with perspective | UPA and Cartoon Network flat styles with depth
Intro to studying film shots and narrative language | Analyze your favorite artist and films for perspective and composition

Igniting your imagination

Pat Marconett
Robert St Pierre
Scott Caple
Poe Tan

May 14th - July 23rd

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