Summer Self Progression Part 2 – Draftsmanship

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This one is going to highlight something that a lot of artists overlook – draftsmanship.

Most people gloss over their technical ability in illustration as they feel it is beneath them, but really this is the work that underpins all your creative work.

The core of this is confidence, a sense of purpose to the lines you create and being able to ‘see’ the world in as 3 dimensional forms when you draw, simplifying things down to either boxes, cylinders, cones or spheres and combinations of these.

This requires a seriously strong ability to draw these forms are any rotation in perspective.

So to kick things off I recommend that you all engage with these sources Drawabox, moderndayjames and Scott Robertson.

I’m going to talk about Drawabox in this post but make no mistake if you want to level up your drawing ability and creative output, this needs to be a daily exercise you engage with.

Drawabox is a completely free online resource with lessons, video resources and challenges to go through. It’s based upon a unit structure of Pasadena College of Art and sets you up with a key approach to art.

It prioritises mileage and confidence in line, everything you draw must be done in ink. It stands as a definite mark that is either correct or not, highlighting areas of your skillset that can be worked on. Work on printer paper, this will get you over preciousness with your sketchbook.

Do not be proud and think the early exercises are beneath you, I guarantee you there is always something you will learn from it.

So go ahead and draw a box (or 250 of them in the challenge)

Post your progress to your blog if you like.

Summer Self Progression Part 2 – Draftsmanship

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

Sketchbook Ideas: One-Point Perspective

For this coming week let’s focus on some perspective drawing techniques. Developing this will help our understanding of space and volume as well as observational skills.

Start to fill your sketchbooks with basic shapes and progress to objects you find, drawing them from different perspective points. After exploring these you should advance your work to producing an environment in One-Point Perspective.


Gustave Caillebotte

Robert C. Jackson

Joseph Mallord William Turner


Philip Bannister

Leonardo Da Vinci

Shapes in Perspective Construction Tutorials:

How to Draw Perspective – Draw With Jazza

Introduction to Linear Perspective – Alphonso Dunn

Drawing Elipses in Perspective

Sourced from IDsketching

One Point Perspective Room

Sketchbook Ideas: One-Point Perspective