Wednesday, March 28, 2007


I love using perspective, even though it takes bloody ages, it can be really satisfyng building up a scene. I remember reading in a book on it ages ago that with two-point perspective neither of the points should be in the scene. Like some rules this will just stick in my brain and I'll always work to it. Anyway on my latest job I've been mucking about with the angles to jazz it up a bit and have started putting one of the points in the panel!!!

I've noticed you can get away with it if the points are far enough away and the point that's in panel is close to one of the edges., otherwise you start to get nasty distortion.

If anyone is still awake.....


Chris Weston said...

I've just started putting one of the two perspective points within the panel, too. It's a good effect.

Adrian said...

I must be missing something here...what's the problem with having a perspecting point within the boundaries of the picture? (however, I can see why you wouldn't put more than one in if they're are meant to be right angles.) Take the last panel in V For Vendetta for example, nothing wrong with that.

I always wondered if anyone manuafactured sheets with perspective lines already on which you could trace or lightbox? You could have ones with 2 or even 3-oint perspective, or just sheets with converging lines on and you could put them over each other as you want. Someone said they did exist though I haven't noticed any anywhere - they can't be too hard to make I guess.


Dylan said...

It was just one of those things really Ade. Now I look out for it loads of people do it. It's just cos I read in a book on Perspective that in two point perspective neither points should be in the frame, and it lodged in my brain. You do have to be quite careful to avoid distortion with it though.

I remember seeing perspective grids when I was renting space in an animation studio, I could never quite get my head round them though. Brian Bolland also had a tutorial on how he uses photoshop and there was a section on using the line tool to create a grid but he didn't explain the process fully and I can't work out how it's done. PJ told me that Manga studio has a really good perspective function. I'd really like to find something simpler than ruling up grids yourself.

Chris Weston said...

I use the 3D software package Bryce to create my perspective lines. I'll put up an image at my blog later to show you exactly what I mean and how I do it.

Adrian said...

I can see that the lines would bend eventually if the panel was panoramic enough and go all fish-eye-lens, I assume that's what you're talking about. I'd never thought about it much before I guess because I shy away from the epic scenes. In animation, especially old cartoons, it's always impressive when you see the camera 'turn' then realise it's actually a background someone has cleverly painted to give that effect when simply panning across it.

The inconvenience of putting the points outside of the frame though is you have to somehow mark it halfway across your drawing board if you want to do it properly. I'll keep fudging it as usual I think.