Tuesday, April 27, 2010

V3 Sneak Peek #12: Window, window, window, FAKE!

Returning to pencils, the first scene out the gate was quite the doozy - a big, sprawling establishing shot in the Calypsa district. Liz and I got a lot of inspiration for the buildings from our wanderings in downtown Pittsburgh - I’ve been using a lot of our photos, like the one below, for reference.

It’s actually the first time I’ve sketched the architecture in Calypsa, so I got to have a lot of fun. That fun soon transformed into lots and lots of painstaking perspective drawing. You have no idea how difficult it is to meticulously draw everything constructed in flawlessly perfect perspective -

- And neither do I! That drawing may have some perfection in there by accident, but none on purpose. Faking perspective is one of my mainstay artistic tricks. Sure it would be possible to make everything entirely accurate - but the next page calls. The book wants to be finished someday, so I can’t dither on one drawing forever. Just long enough to make it *look* like I dithered on it forever. It’s a definite asset to know the perspective tricks which make a scene look convincing. Don’t look for it any time soon, but I’m planning on using this very drawing in my next Youtube tutorial: How to Fake Perspective.

But first - more Volume 3 pages. Some nice, rolling hills. Nice, easy, non-geometric hills. What a relief. …It’s way easier to fake perspective when there isn’t any.


Kat R said...

Love the drawings, I need to work on doing that kind of work myself (I suck at fancy buildings XD)

Look forward to the far future where that video gets posted

Hakuzo NightFox said...

Wow, that's amazing!

Sofox said...

Heh, that's nice. Perspective is a funny thing with me. I find it's not so much important on its own, rather that it's used to give a great sense of space, surroundings and environment.

I think I told you how I have a sense of 3D space, If I can feel myself walking around an environment just from looking at the picture, then that's what matters.