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Freehand Perspective Drawing Tutorial by AdamMasterman Freehand Perspective Drawing Tutorial by AdamMasterman
Another tutorial, my first that actually deals with drawing skills. I tried to keep this very concise, more pictures than words, so there might not be as much information as should be. Hopefully its still helpful, and I'm always happy to clarify stuff, just let me know.

BTW, this tutorial is almost, but not quite, for beginners. It assumes some basic exposure to linear perspective, and is designed to help people get more comfortable with perspective, and find new and better ways to use it.

Edit: Wow, much thanks for the great positive response to this. If I had known this was going to see this much traffic, I would have checked my spelling more carefully. I was debating making a part two dealing with curved perspective; which I'll definitely try to get done in the next few weeks. Thanks for all your comments, apologies if I don't respond; you folks have flooded me.

Edit 2: Wow, a DD... now I REALLY wish I had checked my spelling and grammar. Thanks for the comments and faves, everyone; really glad to hear that this has been helpful. I've learned so much from all the great tutorials here on dA, so hopefully this pays some of that forward a little bit. And thank you to :icond-kiddo: and :iconmoonbeam13: for the nod; very appreciated.
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:iconrawiolo:
rawiolo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Wow good Thanks
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:iconhovestiek:
Hovestiek Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Incredible helpful!
Will try it soon :D <3 <3
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:icondeathnoteniky04:
Wow! So useful! I just wanted to ask you a question... Do the points have to always be in the horizon?(Talking about 1 and 2 perspective points 'causethe third is nowhere near the horizon obviously.)
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:iconadammasterman:
AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Well.... yes and no.  Was that helpful?  :D

Whenever you draw two points, the line between them automatically becomes *a* horizon line, the far edge of an infinite plane.  Usually, that plane is the ground plane of our picture, and the horizon line corresponds to the actual horizon.  However, any object in our picture can be turned out of that perspective, in which case its points would no longer correspond to the three points of the original picture.

Here's an example: fav.me/d4qd40f  The picture is actually in simple one-point perspective, (with a little convergence on the verticals), but the hammers are spinning through the air, and not at all parallel to the ground plane of the picture.  If you were to take one of the hammers and trace its edges back, they would converge to vanishing points, but NOT the same points that define the basic space of the picture.  Thus, they aren't "on the horizon" of the picture (which, here, runs straight across right at the level of Mario's shoulders).

Hopefully that's helpful; perspective is awful hard to describe with words alone (and I'm away from my studio at the moment.)
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MrsBlinkandMissItt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredibly helpful, thank you!
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SunLion-OUT Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful thank you for posting this!
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Wait0wat Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Ah... helpful...
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abdoubouam Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this :D , it's a very interresting tutorial !
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graphmin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks for this very intuitive tutorial :)
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AliQJ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Wow, awesome tutorial! Thanks! *goes off to sketch random buildings*
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SapphireMC Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful, thank you ^^
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U91TedPark Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your tutorial, it's very helpful!
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AutevielledelaFere Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is an amazing tutorial =) Thank you for sharing, I'm definitely going to use it as reference.
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wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   Artist
Such a good guide! Thanks.
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DariusM1993 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx, very usefull
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s0ulLove Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Hi^^ THANKYOU SO MUCH..TT HELPS ALOT!
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jesterbells Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Wow, that explains it much better than many other explanations I've seen. Must try it out! Thanks!!
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:iconrainsoda:
RainSoda Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow..thank you so much!!
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WallachianBard Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I still can't "see".I could be stereoblind does that have anything to do with it?
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WallachianBard Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The "3 dimensional".I still can't get a grasp of it.
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Hmmm.  It might help to look at some good, crisp, precise perspective drawings; mine here are pretty sloppy, which makes the 3-d quality less convincing.  Check out these drawings:
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victorhotel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
thank you so much for this nice tutorial! :D
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MayaEm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!AMAZING!!!!!! I LOVE IT......IT REALLY HELPS!
thank u sooooo much for making it....
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Anarchylonewolf29 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am going to use your anatomy tutorial to help with my "Tutorials I think will help the beginner artist" very long title. Sorry about that. I might change it. But I am leaving this comment here so you know.
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Toonsfera Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I could understand better about perspectives! Thx
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dracostarhome Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
i quick read this, and i must say I found this VERY impressive! Thank you!

I should print this out.......
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AgentQwilfish Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So simple and easy to understand! A great starting point for beginners on perspective like me!
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bitter-sweet19 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
this really helps!!thanks a lot GREAT TUTORIAL!!
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bluedragon012 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
exsactly what I needed, this helps alot
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:iconartsyaica:
ArtsyAica Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is real useful. Thanks a bunch for making this!
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CrysEevee Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student
Holy cheese. This helped me in so many ways. (My tutor doesn't go straight to the point when she was teaching our class on this topic D:) Thanks so much for simplifying what i thought was difficult c:
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YourFaithfulCaptain Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
This was excellent! As an absolute beginner to perspective, I found this intuitive and extremely easy to use - thank you!! Do you have any tips for drawing people in perspective?
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Thanks, glad it helped. People are the hardest, for sure. The simple answer is to use some simple perspective lines to keep knees, wrists, etc. lined up in perspective. Hard to sum up, so I made a quick video for you: [link] Its sloppy, but hopefully it gives an idea of what I meant.
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YourFaithfulCaptain Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you so much! Gah, this is all very useful, though I suppose as with anything it just takes practice.
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AnimatixReels Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
The part I don't understand is, how many perspective lines do you need to draw?
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dracostarhome Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
my high school teacher tried to teach me this.

tried being the operative word. I can do this to a point, but I have trouble drawing one person at one size and that SAME person... further back and still be correct.
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Actually, Loomis had a great trick for that: just make sure that the horizon line cuts through each figure in the exact same part of their body (neck, waist, ankles, etc.). If they are all correctly proportioned, they will automatically be in correct perspective. It gets trickier with a high horizon line (you have to construct additional heads on top of the figures actual heads up to the horizon), but its generally a pretty easy and useful technique.
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Lea-Stampone Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Well shit, thanks a lot, this'll come in really handy :nod:
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Fosi007 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
wow! thanks so much
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Lepercqj Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thank you!!
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ScourgeX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice man, thanks for sharing.
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Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this! I featured this extremely helpful tutorial here :)
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NellaBear00 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suck at perspectives, and this is really helpful!!!!!!
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Ariyk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is going to help me save so much paper now that I will not have to keep starting over a multitude of times. Great job with explaining everything.
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thanks; glad its helpful.
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fqtt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen tons of these, but this one is super concise and helpful, thanks so much!
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violetense Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Writer
Hi, you've been featured here: [link]
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Awesome; thanks! :)
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wanyabeach Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
thanks so much for this tute
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:iconxechon:
xechon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial, thank you!
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