How to draw a sword pointing at you?

i am pretty good at drawing swords but i cant draw one pointing straight at the viewer. I tried drawing just a thin line for the blade but it doesn't look right. can someone show me and example of how this looks or explain how to draw it?

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  • Your question is focusing on one-point linear perspective, which comes into play any time you are drawing something that is pointing toward the viewer. It incorporates a concept called "foreshortening," where the actual lines of the thing are shorter than they actually should be, but your eye makes sense of it. Like if one arm is pointing out toward the viewer and the other arm is stretched out to the side, the ACTUAL lines of the arms will be different, but the eye registers that in truth, both arms are the same size. It's a tough concept to grasp and one I recommend you take some instruction on.

    While you can get a lot of great tips and tricks out of a book or in-person course, it's often hard to do that.  A book is pretty static, with a limited number of pictures you can use to guide you, and an in-person course can be expensive, inconvenient, and STILL not give you what you're looking for.

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    1)  Make sure their explanation of the contents of their course is clear and detailed.  Make sure you really understand what each lesson or module is providing.

    2)  Make sure the price is reasonable for your budget.  A site that offers a range of pricing options can be a great find.  

    3)  Make sure there is a continuing logic through the course.  Whether the artist is offering three lessons or fifteen, make sure there's a cohesion in the entire program.  You will improve your drawing skills best if each lesson builds on the previous one.  In these cases, it's best to go in order through the lessons.

    4)  If the site seems to be offering something for nothing, chances are, they ARE.  The price should be comparable for the quality of instruction they're promising.  There should be a clear message that the lessons or program will not just draw something for you but will actually TEACH you how to do what the professional artist is doing. And if they're offering you free instruction or instruction that only costs a few dollars, chances are very good you won't get a lot out of it and you'll be back to hopping around the Internet looking for good instruction.

    5) Look for proof of the artist's skill, either by seeing images of their work on their site or seeing before and after pictures from their students.

    Be smart about looking for good drawing instruction on the Internet, and you WILL find it. A great place to start can be found at,/ a college-level, 12-lesson video instruction course that uses video demonstration and PDF downloadable practice materials to teach you to draw. It teaches you the foundation concepts necessary to really SEE like an artist so you can truly draw anything you see (with a lot of practice, of course!). It has a variety of pricing options for any budget and Sarah Parks, the artist, is an extremely good teacher. You can see her paintings and drawings on the site, which shows you the underlying foundation of solid drawing skills she teaches.

    Good luck!

  • You want a worm’s eye perspective, where the edges of the sword taper back into one point.

    The closer to the eye the tip is the more it will fill the frame, to make it the focus point make the background blurred and put extra highlights on the tip.

  • big at the end and smaller as it gets closer to the handle. simple.

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