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    Learning Perspective from life drawing primitives vs constructing perspective

    The title says it all i think. Just recently I've been drawing boxes, glasses, rectangular, lathe objects from life and i feel a difference. I know traditional art training involves drawing boxes to teach perspective, but compared to the one point, two point and three or four point perspective setup techniques, this seems to work for me to be honest. I feel that it is totally different, and there is no other way to learn it but from real life drawing. What do you people think about this concept? Also if there are sculptors here, i would be really curious how exactly they learn perspective, if there is a significant difference compared to 2D artists (guess there is).


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    What you’re doing is fine, but as tobbA alluded to, understanding the general concept, rules and techniques of linear perspective drawing will only add to your awareness of what it is you’re observing, allowing you to make better decisions.

    You should post some images here and start a sketchbook in the Sketchbook forum to show your progress. We can’t make any determinations about your approach unless we can see what it is you’re actually doing.

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    Again, why does everything have to be "versus"? Really, the best thing is to practice BOTH ways - observing perspective from life and constructing it from scratch. Both exercises reinforce each other, and at the end of the day, having the ability to both observe and construct is always useful.

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    Uh yeah...sculptors work in 3D? So perspective doesn't apply since they are not creating an illusion (yes, there are exceptions where sculptors and architects do use a sort of "reverse perspective" to account for viewing distance and angle).
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    You learn from both. You observe form in real life, then the better you can see that form the easier and better you can construct.

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    Why not both!

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    I just got over with my Architecture degree; during the first 1 1/2 years we were made to work on constructing perspectives. At the time I nearly got fed up with slight changes in the assignments every week (box first, box titled some degree, then tilted even more, another tilt, 2 boxes, basic sciography, cylinder, cylinder tilted a little, a little more etc; you get the idea) but now that I look back at it, it immensely helped; actually fast forwarded every practice I could get, that too with critiques from the teachers.

    Now I find it so much more comfortable doing perspectives by feeling, and could care less about the technical side of construction. The foundation helped incredibly well. Or maybe I should say the scheduled-assignment-based-study-model worked better for me. Personally I would've never self studied perspective this intensely.

    Edit: If you haven't already, get Loomis's Successful Drawing. There is an entire chapter (Perspective the Artist Should Know) devoted to the subject; and its very well detailed as well. We followed very much the same thing during college.
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    Don't bother looking at my sketchbook. I haven't updated that thing in years. :/

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    MiladThaha: Thanks for referring that book, i went through it quickly and i start to do those exercises.

    I mostly worked with ZBrush, and learned 3D, and did some sculpting with super sculpey. Also did some linedrawing on the side. Just recently I got into life drawing objects, and it felt different. I guess its just that observing from life is always better than from 2D references.

    I will start a sketchbook as you suggested. Thanks people!

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