I thought an interesting column I could do here is showing how to deconstruct things to then memorize the simple parts (and feel perspective and volume)and be able to pull that same information out of you later for your own drawings... Perspective I think is misunderstood and I think a lot of people only think of buildings and cars (maybe guns too)...Everything you see is in some sort of perspective, takes up a certain amount of space in an environment(volume), and is lit to some degree(shading; which also creates the illusion of depth).
First I will show how to take apart things to be able to start to see the "understructure" and then you can use that to your own will to really draw anything you want. I don't know how simple or confusing this might be for different people. I think it's pretty simple but just takes some effort. One key is knowing how to set up your vanishing point(s) which I think comes from memory of things that worked in the past.
The first example I am going to use is this Star Wars cockpit drawing.(by Doug Chiang) It's got a great arc to it...some simple straightforward stuff and probably some cones and cylinders too that are all part of the environment (going by memory) check back this evening and I'll start dissecting this drawing and you can see how something like this is created. If it goes well I can show other examples of how to take stuff apart to study it in simple forms....and then like I said. You can pull this stuff out at will and use it really anyway you want/. I draw cars and just about anything from memory as long as I know the details. You will be able to also once you can deconstruct objects into simple forms.
check back tonight and I will show the big simple shapes that makes this thing up...and then I will go further and further into building it back up. We can try all kinds of different things together(city scapes, cars, tanks, humans, creatures, whatever) and I hope people benefit from these little exercises and can try some on their own. If you can't afford art school or don't have the free time to go like myself...then you do it on your own. I'll show you how.