Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic ellipse anatomy, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 2: Perspective.
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The trickiest things to get right in perspective our ellipses.…I even see professional artists, who…should know better, constructing wacky ellipses.…I want to teach you a few simple rules about ellipses that should…make it so that you never construct an out of perspective ellipse.…I want to introduce you to some very important terms about perspective.…You can think of this as ellipse anatomy.…First what is an ellipse?…An ellipse is a circle viewed from an angle.…
Two important parts of the ellipse you have to…know how to identify are the long and short axises.…The long axis of the ellipse runs right through…the middle of the ellipse on the long side.…You can test if you've drawn the long axis of an ellipse…correctly by selecting one side of your ellipse along the long axis and…flipping it over the center line.…If it doesn't match the other side exactly, you haven't drawn the long axis.…The short axis of the ellipse runs right through…the middle of the ellipse on the short side.…
Again, you can test to see if you've drawn the short axis correctly by…
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.
- Understanding the three types of linear perspective
- Preparing your concept sketch for drawing
- Setting up vanishing points
- Finding the first boxes in perspective
- Roughing in the other rectilinear forms
- Creating a flat crenellation
- Plotting measuring points
- Drawing ellipses
- Adding repeating details to walls
- Delineating the background