Fundamentals of Perspective

An 8-week introductory course where students will learn the concepts of linear perspective drawing

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Course Overview

Learn the concepts of perspective

This is a basic, introductory course in linear perspective drawing. Students enrolled in this class will learn the most fundamental, basic rules, concepts and principles in perspective. The lectures, demos and assignments are created and designed with students who have no, to very little, understanding of basic perspective in mind. Students will gain confidence in fundamental perspective skills. This is not a class for students who already consider themselves to have a solid grasp of basic perspective.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-Recorded
Feedback:   Individual Recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop and Wacom tablet or equivalent strongly preferred; if the class is taken using traditional media, please see syllabus for materials list
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   Basic drawing skills

Fundamentals of Perspective WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Students will be provided with a PDF handout for each of the Fundamental Principles listed in the “Summary of Topics Covered.” | Identifying Eye Levels | Using the perspective center | Using measuring lines | Duplicating frontal surfaces | Uneven Surfaces | Converging surfaces | Uneven Converging Surfaces
Auxiliary Vanishing Points Pt 1 | Ramps in 1pt and 2pt perspective | Stairs in 1pt and 2pt perspective
Auxiliary Vanishing Points Pt 2 | San Francisco Streets and Roofs Demo
Drawing 1 Point perspective checkered floors | Drawing 2 Point perspective checkered floors
Scaling Characters in 1 Point Perspective Environment
Scaling Characters in 2 Point Perspective Environment
Scaling Characters in 3 Point Perspective Environment
Students choose one of the 3 perspective systems that is covered in class for Final Assignment

Your journey starts here

For over 22 years Robert has worked as a Production Designer, Vis. Dev. Artist and an Environment Designer. Robert has worked for Disney Feature Animation, Direct to Home Video and Television divisions, Warner Brothers Feature Animation and Video division, Focus FIlms and many more. His credits include Production Designer on "Mulan 2", "Lady and the Tramp 2", Background Layout Artist on Disney's "Winnie The Pooh", "Princess & The Frog", television series, including "Sofia The First" and "Phineas & Ferb". He has also lectured at the Disney Studios, and is currently an Assistant Professor at CSU Northridge.


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Animation Guild CSATTF

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  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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