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    Needing some help with perspective (and human figure)

    Hello everyone

    I'm working on this piece and I'm having a really difficult time with perspective as well as human anatomy. I want to nip these things in the butt before I even think of coloring, so this is in the rough sketch phase.

    The main things I'm having trouble with are:
    • Her left leg
    • The room/corner perspective
    • Her right leg/butt relation

    These are just a few of the main issues I see with this, so I'm hoping for some pointers or possible redline (if you're feeling that nice LOL) I don't want the face to be the main focus, so that's why it looks like a blob of.. blobbyness.

    Ignore the writing, they're just little notes I made to myself. I'm trying to get the concept of dedication or wanting to be "perfect" (no, no black swan makeup/outfit). This woman is staying late, after everyone has gone home. The only light she has is from the sunlight coming through the window, and I was thinking about adding her gym bag or something to add to it (or would that be too much?)

    Anyways, sorry for blabbering on. Any help is appreciated
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    I can only offer you the age-old advice given on this forum thousands of times before, ever since Cthulhu gave it to Moses, who brought it down from Mount Sinai on carved tablets and handed it to Norman Rockwell: Find some photo reference. Find some photo reference. Find some photo reference.

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    The main problem with this picture is simple. You did not plot any perspective.

    You cannot ad-lib something you haven't got enough knowledge about.

    Get a ruler, place the horizon and the vanishing points, and plot the %^&**( perspective. Use a box as the ballerina stand-in, or if you like a challenge, a few boxes for big blocks (pelvis, ribcage, head, limbs). It might take you a few attempts, but the problems will go away.

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    Thanks all, these posts are really helpful

    I'll definitely try and work on perspective a bit more before I post another WIP; probably try to clean up the lines a tad as well!
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    Alright, so I used one of the references jyzx posted and I just changed the composition around.. entirely LOL

    I'm thinking it could be midday-sunset and the orangey/yellow light would be shining through the window outlining her in a way, but I'm just worried about it being boring =/ I mean it's not for a client, it's for a school art show, but I want it to be good LOL
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    The girl in the reference is in perfect balance, but yours appears to be falling to the right. I think the foot is way too far to the right. Also I would say emphasize the movement lines that you see in the original image. Just copying them doesn't quite capture the movement, you have to exaggerate them a little bit.

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    As far as perspective goes there's a ton on Youtube worth checking out although most of these deal with the basics. Not knowing how much perspective you've previously learned the link below might be under your skill level.

    basic perspective tutorial

    Also check out FZD Youtube channel for endless amounts of info. I'll try to post something that explains the basic perspective your working here tho if I can before going back to work.

    Here's a quick basic layout for the this scene, let me know if this helps.

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