Perspective in Drawings

Of course, I would write an article about perspective in drawings! I just love this and I think this is the most important part of a drawing, painting or whatever. Once you know these rules, anything you draw become immediately more real! It allows you to give the depth (3D effect) of a space and it actually capture the way we see the world. Let me explain one, two and three points perspective  and when to use them.

This is not really complicated, you just need a lot of practice  (as for everything!), and you will start improving.

Why Perspective Drawing ?

Perspective is the key to almost any drawing or sketch as well as paintings. It is one of the most important thing that you need to understand in order to create realistic and believable scenes.

Let me try and explain perspective with the image above. Imagine yourself standing in the middle of this corridor. You can see that as lines head into the distance, they converge on a vanishing point (the red dot). The lines of the doors and windows (and even the details of the floor and ceiling) are all heading to the same vanishing point. You can use imaginary lines (or grid) in order to help you for placing the objects according to the converging lines and to the vanishing point.

However, the rules are essentially the same, there are one-point, two-point and three-point perspective (there can be more but I am going to stay at three in this post). All perspective drawings have a horizon line and a vanishing point. The horizon line represents the horizon, but also the viewer’s eye level. Anything above the HL is also above the viewer’s eye level, and anything below the HL is below the viewer’s eye level. The vanishing point is a point on the horizon line where any set of lines that is going the same direction as the viewer is looking will meet (they are called orthogonal lines).

It might sound a little overwhelming in the beginning but it will come natural to you with time!

One Point Perspective

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In One-Point Perspective, we have only one vanishing point on the horizon line and all the orthogonal lines converge towards it.

We use it in order to take the attention of the viewer to one of the face of an object, or when the object looks directly at you. The most common example of one point perspective is a view of a room, a street with buildings or trees, a long corridor or a railroad.

You can find the detailed lesson by clicking here.


Two Point Perspective

Two Point Perspective has two vanishing points on the horizon line. In the contrary of one-point perspective, we use it when looking at an object from its corner. This can be the corner of a building, a street corner or cars etc.

Anything you draw under the horizon line is under your eye-level, and anything you draw above the horizon line is above your eye-level.

Sometimes, we can also put the points up and down instead of left and right. On this case the two vanishing point won’t be on the horizon line, and we would have a bird view of the object.

You can find the detailed lesson by clicking here.

Three Point Perspective

Three-point perspective uses three vanishing points where two of them are on the horizon line and the third is either high above the horizon line or way below it. I love to use this one when I want to draw a bird view of a building!

In three-point perspective, if the third vanishing point is located under the horizon line, the viewer is looking down. If  it is located above the horizon line, the viewer is looking up. None of the lines in the drawing are perpendicular to the viewer. All the lines are drawn in the direction of a certain vanishing point.

I have 2 classes about Perspective drawing!

I have been drawing since I can’t remember and I believe that knowing the rules of perspective make a huge difference in our drawings whatever the media you use. This is the key of almost any drawings, sketches, paintings…

These classes are for architecture students, designers and artists, or anyone interested in art. I am still practicing to make everything better and I would like to share with you all what I know. I show everything step by step and answer all your questions!

What you’ll learn

  • One-point and Two-point perspective
  • Basic drawing
  • Quick sketching
  • Proportions in drawing

Are there any course requirements ?

  • No, there isn’t. Just grab your pen and paper and draw with me!

Who this course is for:

  • Artists
  • Students
  • Designers
  • Architects, Interior architects
  • Anyone interested in art

You can find the One Point Perspective Drawing Lessons by clicking here, and the Two Point Perspective Drawing Lessons here. Let me know anytime if you need a coupon! And do not hesitate to ask anything or leave a comment!

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