Ellipses can be one of the most challenging parts of sketching. Not only is getting the right degree and perspective tough, but getting a smooth consistent line is a whole other story.
Fortunately JESTER, one of our awesome users in the forums came up with a neat way to show how ellipses work. By simply finding a clear or transparent cylindrical object and applying some tape along the cross-section at evenly spaced intervals, it’s easy to see how ellipses work and behave at varying viewpoints. It’s a pretty effective way to remind yourself how they look in perspective when you’re trying to sketch that sick design full of ellipses.
Here are a couple other resources on the site as well for you to check out. Of course, you can always email me – spencer [at] idsketching [dot] com for help or questions. I may not get back immediately, but I usually do get back.