Brian O'Dell
Digital Media Instructor

Creating a Cityscape using the Perspective Grid and Artboards

Project Published 1/21/16 Last updated on 3/2/20

I found a great descriptive pdf tutorial and an online video to assist in presenting how to create a perspective city using the perspective selection and perspective grid tool. I have my students start off by creating the basic elements for each building on individual art boards below the canvas for organization and proof of thought in design. Then following the steps they use color theory, lights and dark, hues and saturation to design the final outcome. Good beginning design concept with nice outcome.

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Age Levels
1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor


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Paper for Drawing City Template 


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Lauren Frost

Posted on 9/24/19 4:13:58 PM Permalink

​Can't seem to open the video link. Can you repost?

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/15/19 12:48:42 AM Permalink

​Highly appreciated your efforts

Pranav Mhatre

Posted on 9/10/17 1:22:55 PM Permalink

Excellent Perspective!

But Can I Get Project Files Of This Perspective?

Angela Riehl

Posted on 3/2/16 5:18:09 PM Permalink

Wow! That's a long tutorial! Love the outcome though.

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 3/3/16 7:57:32 PM Permalink

I posted the pdf file incase you wanted to dive further into how the perspective grid works.

I usually use the video link provided since its a lot shorter and visually explains the tools and design options.

Jamie Leduc

Posted on 1/24/16 11:26:22 PM Permalink

Absolutely awesome...thank you so much

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 1/24/16 11:33:16 PM Permalink

I didn't add this but if you go under Window- Perspective-there is actually One Point, Two Point and Three Point Perspectives. You can also add images and text and turn them on the perspective grid too. I suggest creating art boards and designing any add on there and then using the grid tool to place them. Really effective means of true perspective. Enjoy! Im just learning this so I'm sure there are other things to do too.

Using the Color Guide allows students to keep their buildings or whatever consistent in color theory since it gives all colors in that family light to dark.