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Basic Perspective

Learn about the horizon line, vanishing points, perspective lines, and use them in one and two point perspective.

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Basic Perspective

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is another one of Robert’s foundational courses, a course in which he instructs about the horizon line, vanishing points, and perspective lines and how they are used in creating one and two-point perspective. These fundamental concepts are essential to understand to help you create a proper sense of depth in your drawings and paintings. To be able to identify your horizon line will help you to determine if you are looking at something directly from above or from below, and this will help you keep from creating improper perspective.

After a short introduction, Robert will guide you through creating a cube at the mid-level view, high-level view, and worm-eye view by using one-point perspective. He will also do the same exercises with the use of two-point perspective. The last exercise will combine all of the concepts, and we will create an urban street scene solely using two-point perspective; no reference will be used.

The concept of perspective is something you will use consistently in your drawings and paintings, it may not be as dramatic as the urban street scene that we will draw, but it is a skill that we constantly use when drawing and painting.


Materials for this course

To have the best experience possible, Robert highly recommends purchasing the same materials on the list as those are the materials he uses in his instruction.

Required:

  • HB Pencil (Highly recommend purchasing Faber Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils)
  • 11 x 14 Sketch pad
  • Rub eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Drawing Triangle


Your Instructor


Robert Louis Caldwell
Robert Louis Caldwell

Artist and Instructor
ARC Associate Living Master
Signature Member, The Society of Animal Artists

Robert Louis Caldwell is an award-winning artist, internationally renowned for his wildlife and architectural oil paintings. His work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists, Art of the Animal Kingdom and Birds in Art, and is represented in the permanent collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Robert graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. and is the author of the drawing instructional book “Draw Realistic Animals, Wildlife, Pets & More.”

Read more about Robert’s instructional approach, philosophy and credentials.

Visit Robert’s website rlcaldwell.com to view examples of his drawings and paintings.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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