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Lesson 3

3. Perspective

  • instructor

- Maxx Burman

  • apprentice

- Maxim Zhestkov

  • apprentice

- Adam Swaab

Realistic perspective is critical to achieving lifelike quality in your matte paintings. In this lesson, Maxx will teach you all the fundamentals of one, two, and three-point perspective and what the differences are between them. From there, you'll learn how to prepare an image plate with perspective grids, break up source images into orthographic views, and retrofit them into your paintings with the proper perspective.



Find a base image that has one-point perspective to use as a plate, and create a city around an isolated area.

Extra Credit

Find a base image that has two or three-point perspective to use as a plate, and create a sci-fi cityscape around an isolated area.

Student Gallery

A coastal city right before a storm.

Gate to Ancient world

My homework for this third lesson. Inspired by the seven sisters movie.

A wholistic approach to education.

- Mohammed Thiam

My homework for lesson 3. Final image and plate.

The city by day: I built this piece by using orthographics only. It's been a lot of work pushing textures and smart objects back and forth into the final painting. I hit my personal limit in terms of not doing any 3D. Especially when it comes to rooftops! Does anyone have a good idea on how to construct those without the use of 3D? But anyway, I like the atmosphere and I'd appreciate if somebody gave me notes.

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Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop