Step-by-step: Putting the apoc­a­lypse into per­spec­tive

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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.

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