Perspective for Comics: Drawing Crowds, Buildings and Streets

M. Alice LeGrow, Graphic Novelist

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16 Videos (1h 38m)
    • Introduction

    • Choosing Your Location

    • Becoming a Reference Ninja

    • One and Two-Point Perspective

    • Three-Point Perspective

    • Let's Play With Blocks!

    • Let's Fake It!

    • The Coolest Trick You'll Ever Learn

    • Fast Trick: Instant Street

    • Let's Get Tall, Let's Get Small!

    • Populating Your Scene

    • Fast Trick: Instant Crowd

    • Creating Believability

    • Building Details and Signage

    • Plants and Wear and Tear

    • Course Ending


About This Class

Backgrounds aren't scary!

This class is ideal for anyone looking to develop their background drawing skills and specifically for those interested in understanding how to draw with perspective. 



This Class Is Project Based

You'll learn how to draw with perspective by drawing a busy street scene of your own creation with buildings and crowds to share for feedback with your fellow classmates. 

Here's What To Expect

First, you'll choose the visual setting of your project by deciding where exactly your street scene is taking place. Next, you'll lay out the street and building locations using techniques shown in step-by-step lessons. 

We'll then go through the steps of learning how to block in buildings and basic structures with simple, fast tricks. We'll also learn quick and easy techniques about drawing characters and whole crowds of people in perspective! 

As a final touch, we'll add foliage, objects and vehicles, plus other small details to make a finished scene.

Class Supplies You'll Need

  • Paper suitable for sketching, 11"x17" or larger (double-wide computer paper is fine!) and a few extra sketch sheets
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Ruler or straight-edge of at least 18"
  • Tape
  • Optional: Pens for inking
  • Optional: Digital camera
  • Optional: Magazine with scenes, rooms or buildings in it

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I really enjoyed this class, I saw instant and dramatic improvement in my background art. I would definitely recommend this course to artists who are new to perspective, while artists who already understand point perspective may prefer something more advanced. My only real criticism is that there were topics I'd like to see addressed in more depth and breadth, but that might defeat the purpose of making the course accessible to beginners. So rather than complaints, if you're reading this Marty, this is a list of things I'd like to see in a sequel course if you're interested in making one! -More on 3-point. (I don't quite have that one down.) -More examples of how to play with the techniques already introduced. (Example: you mention placing the vanishing points in 2-point together can result in a skewed fish-eye look. An example of how that could be used positively would be really cool.) -And I'd love to see the process of how you turn the background into part of a finished comic page. For others who enjoyed this course and want to continue their perspective education I recommend Perspective! For Comic Book Artists by David Chelsea. But I'd also say take this course first! That book gets reeaaally technical and I imagine it would be intimidating for someone who didn't learn the basics in a more beginner friendly way (which this course is very good at!)
Awesome class full of lots of handy tips and tricks to lay down some believable landscapes and to troubleshoot perspective glitches. I think I'm going to be having alot more fun with backgrounds now.





M. Alice LeGrow

Graphic Novelist

M. Alice LeGrow is a freelance graphic novelist and the creator of Bizenghast, an eight-volume graphic novel series published by Tokyopop, Inc.  Bizenghast has been translated into over a dozen languages for fans all over the globe.  Her newest series, The Elephant Book, was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year.

M. Alice has been featured in Teen People's "What's Hot" list, The Gothic and Lolita Bible (US)Newtype Magazine and in various other publications, including the HarperCollins book Manga-ka America: Manga By America's Hottest Artists. She has also appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" with host Jacki Lyden and is a regular guest at various anime and comic conventions. She has a BFA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design.