Step-by-step: Putting the apocalypse into perspective
1 I sketch out some ideas for an apocalyptic street scene; it’s rough but has enough information to get started. To figure out a vanishing point and horizon line I draw a few lines on top of the sketch to see where they cross. I then use the ruler tool (Ctrl+R) to pull a guideline over that point by dragging from the top. 2 The Polygon tool is ideal for creating guidelines: click and hold the Line tool icon for more options. Once selected, click the cog icon at the top of the screen, then select Star and set Indent Sides By to 99 per cent. Set Sides to around 50-100. Now click and drag on the vanishing point and you’ll create a grid of lines. 3 With the canvas set up I reduce the Opacity of my sketch to around 20 per cent and create a new layer on top for the cleaner art. I use the Line tool to block in the environment, always leading back to the vanishing point, and add some details that don’t follow this rule to make it feel realistic. I’ll clean this up more as I go.