Under the title “Stuff I’m working on” I will showcase Art in various state of progress. I may or may not write about the Art or how I’m working on it. If Art is developed further they will probably get their own posts further on anyway. If you have questions you can leave a comment or write to me on the feedback page. I hope this will help me post more Art more frequently and easier than before.

And now for the second batch of Art:

The last one is finally getting into perspective.

Third update to this drawing. This update gives more details.

History:

Where to begin? Maybe by saying that I first draw the room and perspective grid and go from there. Basic shapes first according to more or less it’s real size and then add details and change things so they fit. As of now I’m probably at 45 layers and I don’t think I use half of them. But some of the layers have information that I might need if I mess something up.

I’m pretty new at doing a real attempt at perspective drawing and I really like how this one is going. it’s loosely based on a old apartment that I had previously, but it will have a spin on modern electronics and I will try to fit it all to a character that will live there.

Much will be added and some changed. Some things will probably not point to the same perspective, but how to set it up I don’t know yet. I have not found much on alternative perspectives in a drawing yet.

 

I think this drawing is still far from finished. I think I will get back to it from time to time and add in more details. My computer, Manga Studio, Wacom Intuos 4L tablet as my drawing tools.

I have much less to say in this post then the previous one. This is a update and much have been added. I like my new windows.

 

Where to begin? Maybe by saying that I first draw the room and perspective grid and go from there. Basic shapes first according to more or less it’s real size and then add details and change things so they fit. As of now I’m probably at 45 layers and I don’t think I use half of them. But some of the layers have information that I might need if I mess something up.

I’m pretty new at doing a real attempt at perspective drawing and I really like how this one is going. it’s loosely based on a old apartment that I had previously, but it will have a spin on modern electronics and I will try to fit it all to a character that will live there.

Much will be added and some changed. Some things will probably not point to the same perspective, but how to set it up I don’t know yet. I have not found much on alternative perspectives in a drawing yet.

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But for all things I don’t know, it’s a lot more easy to draw now as using a grid, drawing to scale, Manga Studio 5 perspective rulers, real measurements, free transform tool, doing some things in 2D and more direct reference images really helps!

I think there is to little information (tutorials and so on) on perspective drawing with software, especially ones with tools for drawing perspective. Even less without videos. So I’m thinking about making tutorials (both written ones with images and videos) and make better ones when I learn better ways or wrongs I do.

That is all for now, back to the drawing tablet!

The power of Manga Studio 5 is great! Having a grid and finding out how I can use it makes it more and more easy to draw something with the perspective ruler in Manga Studio 5. It’s soon time to add more details and life to this one. I want all the stuff that I add to look old by design.

This is not a tutorial. This is me testing out my new perspective grid, drawing, thinking and writing about it on my site.

I have had and still have a problem drawing in 3D view, or perspective. I know some of the basics and I can draw a horizontal line and put out points for 1 point and 2 point perspectives. Maybe if I really tried I could set up a 3 point one without Google for instructions. I also know some basic tricks to add in things into the perspective, but what does that help without a good build up?

There are some problems building a perspective. Often when dealing with 2 point perspective the points might need to be far out of the actual drawing for it to not look messed up. And then there are need of a extra set of points for objects not being straight or not going in a straight line. The same if you want to use perspective points to get the shadows right. Even when you build up a 1 point perspective, where should the point be? And how do you set up different camera angles for your perspective?

There are so many more questions that I’m not thinking about right now and it all has made me a bit put off from drawing in perspective for a long time now. But I think that needs to change so I can really evolve.

The good thing about being a Digital Artist is that there are more tools at your disposal that can help you and sometimes you can create them yourself if you are in need.

The Perspective grid

What is a Perspective grid? I guess it’s a grid in a perspective. Just Google it and you can see how it can look and how Artists use it in their works.

The way I make the grid and how it looks like might be a bit different from how others are doing it. It’s not all that original either. I was browsing for Perspective grids and found one made in SketchUp of all places. It was not really what I was looking for, but a bit closer then many other ones I browsed through. So i decided to try making my own grid in SketchUp.

The way I’m doing it here is essentially to create a space in 3D, like a room and make a grid over it with the line tool, building squares (all sides are the same, like Checkerboard). Then I use the finished grid as reference points to where the lines should go when I draw. This is my first test from ArtRage with the grid as a tracing image.

This is another capture from the same grid:

And last, a capture of the grid from SketchUp: