Perspective is the key to almost any drawing or sketch, as well as many paintings. It is one of the fundamentals you need to understand to create realistic and believable scenes. Luckily, digital art made everything so much easier by providing endless possibilities with different tools.

Procreate has a super handy perspective drawing guide feature that easily applies this structure to your work. I am going to show in this post how to make perspective illustration in Procreate.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate

What is Perspective Drawing?

Perspective Illustration in Procreate

Perspective in art usually refers to the representation of three-dimensional objects or spaces in two dimensional artworks. Artists use perspective techniques to create a realistic impression of depth. Perspective can be depicted as one-point, two-point, or three-point. Which one you use depends on the angle at which you are viewing your subject. In all of these cases, lines converge off into the distance into one, two, or three vanishing points. A vanishing point is a specific spot on the horizon line. 

If you want to know more about the perspective rules, check out our posts one point perspective and two point perspective.

How to create a perspective guide in Procreate?

To enable a Drawing Guide, head to your Actions menu. Under the Canvas tab, you’ll find “Drawing Guide” and “Edit Drawing Guide”.

First, turn on the switch “Drawing Guide”, then tap on “Edit Drawing Guide”.

As you can see, there are several drawing guides(2D Grid, Isometric, Perspective, Symmetry). I will use the “Perspective” option in this post.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate

Perspective Illustration in Procreate

After choosing the “perspective” mode, just tap anywhere on your screen to create up to three vanishing points. Drag the individual blue nodes to adjust your Perspective Guide. There are some options for changing the appearance of your guidelines :

  • Use the “Thickness” slider on the bottom toolbar to adjust the thickness of the guide lines from invisible to noticeable.
  • Use the “Opacity” slider to adjust the transparency of the guide lines from invisible to opaque.
  • Use the “Hue Slider” on the top of the screen to adjust the color of the guide lines.
  • Use “Drawing Assist” on the bottom right to automatically adjusts your strokes to follow the direction of the guide lines, allowing you to create stunning perspective artworks easily. Toggling this setting on will activate Drawing Assist on your currently selected layer, indicated by the Assisted tag within your Layers menu.  If you prefer to draw outside the lines, toggle this option off.

Once you’re happy with how your Guide looks, hit Done in the upper right to return to your canvas. Your guidelines will appear as an overlay, so they won’t affect the content of your layers, or appear in your Time-lapse Replay. Remember that you can return to your Drawing Guides menu at any time to adjust your guide, or create a new one.

How to remove a vanishing point?

For removing a vanishing point, tap on it, then tap Delete to remove it.

Easy.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate

One-point perspective using the perspective grid in Procreate

One point perspective drawing is used when we draw an object that looks directly at you. It is usually used when the subject is looking directly at the face of an object, or when looking to a landscape where we can clearly see the horizon line. Check out our post One-Point Perspective if you want to know more.

This is actually a drawing I made by hand but as this is the most basic example of one point perspective and the easiest, I thought it would be easy to try it also on Procreate.

Place your vanishing point first anywhere on the page, though closer to middle works best for this drawing. then you will see the horizon line.

Draw the railroad first converging to the vanishing point, then the trees, the sky etc. See how things get smaller with the distance.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate

Two-point perspective using the perspective grid in Procreate

Perspective Illustration in Procreate

Perspective Illustration in Procreate

In two-point perspective, only vertical lines are parallel. All horizontal lines converge towards either of two points on the horizon line. This type of perspective offers a more realistic result than one-point, but doesn’t have quite as much depth as three-point perspective. Check out our post Two-Point Perspective if you want to know more.

In this example, I drew a simple country house. After making a rough sketch about how it will look, add details on the materials of the roof, wall, windows etc.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate

If you remember well from the one point perspective post, the easiest way to draw a circle is by using a square.

First, draw a square using the two vanishing points.

Then, draw the diagonals and middles lines of this square. Using these lines, you can trace the ellipse.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate

Three-point perspective using the perspective grid in Procreate

This is my favorite kind of perspective drawing. Probably because it’s the most complex and realistic. all lines recede towards one of three vanishing points. This is the closest to the way we see the real world: objects recede away from us on every axis. This gives structures in your artwork believable depth, width, and height.

Perspective Illustration in Procreate
Perspective Illustration in Procreate

That’s all for now! If you already have an iPad with Procreate, you should definitely try the Perspective Grid feature.

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer. I share also a lot of projects and illustrations on my Instagram, and if you still have time, check out my other posts!