10 typical perspective errors



Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.

1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point


Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.

Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.

And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.

If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.


For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.

Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.


it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here

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A good tutorial on perspective. I know Manga Studio can help you cheat through these kinds of problems, but there is no substitution for understanding and being able to execute perspective on your own.

(Scholastic) also publish one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time: “Smile”, by Raina Telgemeier. Last year, she published her second book, “Drama”. It debuted on the list at #2. What was #1 that week? Smile. Who else has done that? Robert Kirkman, and he had to use a television show to sell that many copies! Saga did hit #1 twice this year, and recently celebrated 52 weeks on the bestseller list. Smile has been on for 85+, and it is not uncommon for both to be on the list the same week.

- Who Sold What? New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013 by Torsten Adair (The Beat)

So why aren’t more of the comics media talking about this? 

(via faitherinhicks)

This resulted in a long and interesting conversation on Twitter yesterday!