Whereas the truth has been sufficiently impressed upon me that one cannot be serious about drawing professionally unless one is able to draw a box from an angle at any distance, I am endeavoring to master this modest yet fundamental ability, as a basis upon which to further explore the art of animation.
I'm not trying to debate the point above. I'm just asking for some help doing it.
Specifically - has anyone here ever tried the perspective DVD's at Draw123.com ? Are they any good? I've been working out of "Perspective Without Pain", and it's been a great start, but I'd like to proceed into something rather more in-depth, with lots of theorytalk.
Also, can anyone suggest any exercises to improve my ability to orientate the surfaces of a box drawn from imagination? Vilppu's book suggests drawing a box hopping or tumbling along, with personality, across the surface of a piece of paper. That's been very helpful so far, but I still have some difficulty conceiving of a precise orientation for the surface of the box before making any mark - to me, what I'm presently producing feels a little random, a little exploratory, a little by-chance. I just don't feel as if I'm completely in charge and making all the decisions about it, if that makes sense - like I'm reacting to my initial line(s), rather than comprehending their purpose before I've made them. So any exercises to improve that sphere of thought would be most helpful.
Thank you very much.