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we're gonna to talk a little bit about
ellipses and perspective,
because ellipses are very hard to draw and
I like to free-hand them.
And they're still very hard to draw.
If you don't have a right ellipse in
your drawing could feel pretty wonky, and,
and out of it.
So, getting a good ellipse is really
important in getting,
understanding how to really devise an
ellipse is extremely important.
So, what I'm working with here is my
So I could use that as vertical.
So, it's really nice.
I could just slide it along the edge of my
And then here I can take the side of my
triangle and
always get a straight line parallel to the
picture plane, which is ideal.
So, let's say that's my horizon line, and
I'm only working with this,
a pencil, and my trusted kneaded eraser.
And by the way, back in the days,
the kneaded eraser didn't exist this is
unvulcanized rubber.
And before, they used bread to erase.
They actually would take that and form the
bread and erase with the bread.
So here we go.
Let's just do one point perspective, make
it super simple.
So, we have a point here, and we have our
vanishing point here.
We have our vanishing point here.
We're going to also now try to get a
parallel line, like this.
And move it down.
And get a parallel line like this.
Now, in order to get at an ellipse,
we need to figure out where the center of
this box is.
So, how do we do that?
We've got to go from one side to the other
like this, and draw a line.
And then go to the other side and draw a
Now, we take that center line, go back to
the vanishing point here,
and draw a line back like that.
Okay, now that we've done that,
we wanna do another line that bisects the
middle point here.
So, we slide our triangle up,
find the center point here, and divide it
like that.
See that?
So, here's going to be how we get that
Okay, so, we take this point, this point,
this point, this point, this point.
And we can free-hand it.
I mean, we can keep finding, by the way,
other points that connect the ellipse but
this should be enough to where you could
just free-hand it like this, and
this is really how you're going to find
your ellipse in perspective like that.
it stays within the box here like that.
And you could get your ellipse in
So it's fairly simple but,
you know, getting a good ellipse
is kind of a hard thing to do.
And remember, this is just the rule of
I don't really do that every time I get an
I actually, my rule of thumb is that as
ellipses are closer
to the vanishing point, closer to your
horizon line,
they obviously get smaller, right?
So, they're getting smaller like this.
As they come towards us, they're getting
and wider, and wider until
they're just really wide like that.
So when you get an ellipse here, you're
not even gonna be able to see it.
You get an ellipse here, it'll be like
Here, here, here, etc and so on.
So, that is a basic way to get an ellipse.
It's a good way to get an ellipse.
And you should just try it at home or you
could freehand it like I do.