Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing ellipses in perspective, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 2: Perspective.
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Now that we know about the anatomy of an ellipse,…let's talk about how we place an ellipse in perspective.…Every circle will fit perfectly inside of a…square, and we can take advantage of that fact…to find the center of our circle by…drawing an x through each corner of our square.…Where the two lines meet is the exact center of the circle.…If you draw lines horizontally and vertically through that center,…you'll find the place where the circle and the square…will touch, in the middle of each side of the square.…
Let's do that same thing again, only this…time do a circle in perspective, an ellipse.…Remember that an ellipse is a circle viewed at an angle so this ellipse is the…same as the circle we were just looking at only at an angle to our eye.…I've already added a horizon…line to this scene.…So let's choose a vanishing point and draw the…sides of the square that our circle will fit into.…Only this time in perspective.…Now draw the top and bottom of the square, draw an x from corner…to corner on the square and you've found the center of the ellipse in perspective.…
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