Artist Profile – Mathieu Aerni

Aerni is a lead character artist and has worked in the film & VFX industry for over 14 years, he currently working at Blur Studio in Santa Monica California.

His commercial work portfolio includes cinematics for games such as Halo 4, The Elder Scrolls Online, FarCry 3 & Batman Arkham Origins.

He has also worked on films such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Amazing Spiderman 2 & The Grey


Blur Studio Website:

Artist Profile – Mathieu Aerni

Sketchbook Ideas – Object Deconstruction

Now that we have practiced drawing shapes and scenes within perspective. Let’s now shift our attention to the objects themselves. To be able to draw objects in motion in animation, it is necessary for us as animators to understand their make up, to enable us to draw them from any pose, position or angle that we are capturing the object in.

By studying the object and breaking it down into it’s component 3d primitives, we are sure to consider the true volume of the object. Practice by taking simple found objects and first break down their component shapes, then draw them from multiple perspectives. Increase the complexity of the objects as you progress.

Deconstructing Objects For Drawing:


Finding Basic Shapes Within Objects:

Sketchbook Ideas – Object Deconstruction

Sketchbook Ideas: Advanced Perspective

et’s continue with our focus on perspective but now explore extra dimensions of depth. Begin sketches investigating 2 point and 3 point perspective, look at studies into objects, environments and characters in perspective.

City in Two-Point Perspective:

How To Draw Backgrounds (3-Point Perspective):

Understanding 1, 2 & 3-Point Perspective:

How To Achieve Equal Lengths In Perspective:


Remember your camera framing, the angle of the camera would determine the height of the horizon line is on the page, so if the camera is looking upwards the horizon line will be low on the page.


Lee Dunette





Perspective Photography by Jan Dibbets

Jan Dibbets at the Gladstone Gallery:



Sketchbook Ideas: Advanced Perspective