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I have already said it a hundred times before, one of the crucial elements in achieving depth and dimension in your artwork is perspective. This gives your drawings a sense of space and realism and allows viewers to immerse themselves in the scene. In last week’s post, we talked about easy perspective drawing in architecture, and upon your request, I will continue to write more about this topic. So this week, we’ll explore three fundamental types—one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective—and how to choose the right perspective for your drawing. You can download the FREE PDF here.

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Choose the Right Perspective for your Drawing

Indeed, selecting the right perspective for an architectural drawing involves considering the message you want to convey, the audience you’re targeting, the specific design elements you want to emphasize, and the context in which the design will exist. The skill lies in choosing the perspective that best aligns with these factors. While accurately representing the architectural vision, which can highlight the most captivating and significant aspects of a design.

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One-Point Perspective

One-point perspective is the simplest form of perspective and is often used for drawings with a single focal point. This is used when we draw an object that looks directly at us. Usually, when the subject is looking directly at an object’s face or at a landscape where we can clearly see the horizon line.

You can easily use this perspective when drawing hallways, roads and interior spaces.

Especially, when illustrating a room or an interior space, this helps depict the depth of the room. (including walls, furniture, and openings like doors and windows.)

Moreover, if you want to practice any kind of drawing or painting, make thumbnails. This is a great way to try different things without thinking too much.

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Two-Point Perspective

Two-point perspective adds dynamism to your drawings by introducing two vanishing points on the horizon line. This technique is ideal for scenes with more complexity, where the viewer see the object or place from an angle he is not directly facing.

You can use this perspective when drawing cityscapes, buildings, houses, and interior spaces.

Furthermore, check out my post about two-point perspective to see all the different examples.

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Three-Point Perspective

Three-point perspective takes your drawing to the next level by incorporating a third vanishing point. (placed above or below the horizon line.) Eventually, this technique is often used to emphasize dramatic angles and extreme foreshortening.

Three-point perspective is perfect for scenes that involve extreme angles, such as looking down from above (bird’s eye view) or looking up from below (worm’s eye view).

I find it really satisfying to use three point perspective to draw landmarks and tall buildings.

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In Conclusion,

The choice of perspective is a powerful tool that artists use to convey depth, dimension, and realism in their drawings. Whether you opt for the simplicity of one-point perspective. The dynamism of two-point perspective. Or the dramatic flair of three-point perspective, each technique offers a unique way to engage viewers and bring your artistic vision to life. Experiment with different perspectives to enhance your drawing skills and create captivating visual narratives.

That’s all for this post, don’t forget to download the free PDF! Check out my art & architecture sections to read more interesting stuffs or you can find my videos on my YouTube channel.

Choose the Right Perspective for your Drawing