10 typical perspective errors
Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.
1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point
Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.
Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.
And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.
If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.
For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.
Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.
it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here
There and Back Again, a Switt! Story
#MegaCon is over and we’re finally home safe, unpacked for the most part and ready to crash!
The Awesome: Christine for making Bubbers his own Con Badge before we even got there and Bubbers having an absolute blast running around and exploring(and letting us #cosplay him up!) sharing that with him was a true highlight. Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic of #ComicBookMen for taking the time to high five him and grab some pics. The Team Fox setup with all the time machines! I was like a kid in a candy store!
The Good: Seeing everyone! Thank you Bianca for letting us crash, you’re a life saver! Grabbing a great pizza with Kate & Josh! Drew, Manuel and Sue for organizing, spearheading and running the Autograph Hunt! People loved the idea and it really helped bring some new faces to the table(Hope no one steals the idea dammit, credit where credit is due!) Mallory of the awesome ButterWinks Cookies for the Hellboy cookie, people talked about it all weekend! Justin for the sound advice, as always, on keeping my creative Monkey on my back fed. Maygin for stopping by during the busy con. Greg and George for always taking the time to say hello, grab any new prints that fit your fancy and throw some of the most fun commissions I’ve had to work on every time. Anyone else I left out(Brett and Connie I didn’t forget yous guys or all you awesome Ai folks and Will for being awesome!) thank you again.
The Bad: For once I’m trying to be pretty damn positive, sales were down Friday/Saturday, but Sunday, man oh man was it busy and helped make up for alot of it, we tripled Fri/sat sales on Sunday alone(and we’ll be seeing yous people’s at Tampa Bay now!) I do miss doing what I always did in every other previous con, taking time to run the floor, say hi to everyone, and grab pics of their booth, things and priorities change, and honestly did anyone really like cheesing for my camera? ;)
The Ugly: Traffic. Traffic. TRAFFIC. That was the big factor on both sides of the table. When you see people driving over medians and down sidewalks purely because after an hour+ in the parking lot they just snap and the easiest ways out are blocked for some reason causing a massive bottleneck issue leaving.
The other side of that was traffic flow inside the convention center. I realize it’s a new building and we’re all getting used to the new setup, but I heard many a customer today talking about how they avoided artist alley just because they either couldn’t get over here other days, or couldn’t stop and look without feeling like they being pushed through.
Security is my other issue. My wife left to feed my son, forgot her badge and they wouldn’t let her back in or help remedy the issue. With me being the only one at my table, luckily Will was nearby to run her badge out, but it’s a mother with an infant, and that’s really not cool, make a call, verify they’re identity, do SOMETHING.
So many friendly faces this year, this show really put alot of things in perspective for me and where I want to move forward both personally and artistically, and now that I’m home, I can’t wait for next year!