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An accurate perspective drawing is an essential base for most matte paintings. Learn how to create linear perspective drawings of a castle in Adobe Photoshop with this course, and migrate the lessons to your own project. David Mattingly, a matte artist for many groundbreaking motion pictures, teaches you about the three types of perspective, and how to set up vanishing points, find and rough in the forms in your painting, add detail like crenellations, draw ellipses, and polish the final drawing.
Note: This installment of Digital Matte Painting Essentials builds on the concept sketch from the first course, but it's not necessary to have those files to proceed.
Although you learned many of the most important tools in perspective, there're a lot of areas we didn't get to look at. In case you want to learn more about it, I want to recommend my three favorite books on the topic. All of these books are old and have stood the test of time. The first is the Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph D'Amelio. This book is cleverly written, and filled with clear examples that'll help you understand the most complex perspective topics. Both this and the next book I'll mention are available in inexpensive softcover editions from Dover Books.
The second one is Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R., Norling. This book was written in 1939, and reads like sage advice from your wise old uncle. He has challenges at the end of every chapter so that you can test yourself on the material he just presented. The third one is Perspective, A Guide for Artists, Architects and Designers by Gwen White. This book is great for a young artist since he goes to great pains to make perspective non threatening to the beginner.
It is initially illistrated with what looks like charming doodles. But by the end of the book, she's covering the most advanced perspective scenarios, but always keeping the illistrations clear and inderstandable. She also has an ecellent section on casting shadows in perspective. On a personal note, I want to recognize a teacher who awakened my love of perspective. Each of us has a precious few great teachers we encounter in our formative years, and one of them for me was Ted Younkin.
The renowned Perspective teacher at Art Center College of Design. Ted was a demanding teacher, but he made me discover perspective as something fun and rewarding. He passed away several years ago, and this section is dedicated to his memory.
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