Introduction to Perspective for Art & Illustration

Veteran illustrator and Second Master of Art Center, Gary Meyer represents a generation of professional illustrators whose perspective skills were the pinnacle of craft and have now become rare. In this course, Gary will teach you some of the most critical skills needed to create environments from imagination such as linear perspective drawing, working with pencils and acrylic paints, creating scenes from imagination as well as painting different environment, lighting and surface conditions.

9 Lessons 18h 29m 51s of videos

Level 1

In this series, acclaimed artist and instructor Gary Meyer will impart on you his knowledge of multi-point perspective, light and shadow, and reflections. He will start by teaching you the basics of drawing in 1-Point Perspective. In this first lesson, his rules-of-thumb regarding vanishing points, picture planes, and measuring points will give you a foundation […]
In this series, acclaimed artist and instructor Gary Meyer will impart on you his knowledge of multi-point perspective, light and shadow, and reflections. Gary continues his series with this lesson on drawing in Two-Point Perspective. He elaborates on different techniques for dividing lines, repeating rectangles, and checking for distortion in your perspective drawings. Materials 18″ […]

Level 2

Master painter and illustrator Gary Meyer demonstrates an approach to painting a cityscape from a raised view completely from imagination. You will learn how to use correct perspective and simplified forms to construct a complex urban scene that is realistically lit by a parallel sun, as well as techniques for mixing paints and creating correct […]
Master painter and illustrator Gary Meyer walks you through the process of painting a scene with a sky, ground, and reflective airplane object. You will learn about construction of the scene using correct perspective, the proper use of warm and cool colors and mixing in acrylic paint, and how to use contrast to pull elements […]

Level 3

Master illustrator and painter, Gary Meyer shows you how to create a seascape scene completely from imagination in acrylic paint. Gary walks you through the demonstration focusing on the drama and mood of the scene as well as the technical and practical elements of painting the complex and tradition subject of the ocean. Materials Liquitex […]
Master Painter and Illustrator Gary Meyer paints a human head with Acrylics, demonstrating various painting principles such as how to tackle the reflective eyes. You will learn how to use the overhead sky as a light and how to deal with the different tones to create the effect of shadow and highlights on the skin. […]

Common Questions

How is this course different from Linear Perspective Master Course?

Linear Perspective Master Course is a comprehensive, step-by-step, course that covers perspective in depth. This course is intended as a "crash course." It's condensed to the absolutely essentials and moves at a challenging pace.

Who is this course for?

This course is for any artist that needs to create scenes from imagination including figurative artists, illustrators, concept artists, comic & anime artists.

Is this a drawing or painting course?

This course integrates both drawing and painting. You don't need to use acrylics though. You can follow along with the assignments in then medium of your choice including digital.

Can I do this course digitally (Procrease, Photoshop, etc)?

Like all of the courses at New Masters Academy we encourage you to work in your medium of choice. There's no reason this course can't be done digitally.

How advanced is this course?

Perspective is a tough subject. Gary moves quickly, but if you pause, rewatch, take notes and follow along, you can master the material. Remember there's no rush!