Perspective | CG Master Academy


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

In this class students will learn 1, 2 and 3 point perspective systems building upon existing knowledge, from either the Fundamentals of Perspective course or otherwise. 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 scale a character properly in space and to intelligently position a camera or point of view of their choosing inside a designed world.

*Note: 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.


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 - Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Basic drawing skills


What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Why use 1 point perspective | Finding the eye level | Drawing in 1 point | Placing characters in space | Bisecting forms | Analyzing perspective in photos | Photo study demo
Drawing ellipses | Drawing a grid | Photoshop scaling tricks | Design tips | Using reference and thumbnailing | Background design demo
Why use 2 point perspective? | Exploring the cone of vision | Drawing in 2 point perspective | Ellipses in 2 point | Working from storyboard panels | Background design demo from storyboard
Drawing slopes (auxiliary vanishing points) | Constructing stairs | Moving characters on a slope | Drawing reflective surfaces | Background design demo
When to use 3 point perspective | Drawing in 3 point | Moving characters in 3 point | Drawing ellipses in 3 point | Background design demo
Simplifying complex shapes | Characters as simple shapes | Using style to simplify plants | My plant drawing techniques | Background design demo
Why add tone? | Projecting shadows | Designing your lighting | Tonal techniques | Value comps | Adding tone to a background demo
Breaking down style line weight approaches | Line quality | Style background design demo | Emulating camera moves | Drawing a fisheye lens effect | Horizontal pan background design

Igniting your imagination

Dmitry Sorokin
Asa Enoch
Pat Marconett
Scott Caple


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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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