To draw something in perspective establishes the viewer’s point of view when looking at the scene. Is the viewer looking at something head-on, at the corner, or at a bird’s eye view or below the object?
In 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, all the parallel lines converge to a singular point called the vanishing point or the focal point.
On this site, we will cover 1-point, 2-point, and 3-point perspective. Objects can be drawn in four, five, and even six-point perspectives. These last two perspectives render the drawing spherical or globe-shaped. Some artists use it for abstract purposes to show off their skills. Or other artists to render a famous city skyline like Chicago’s lakefront or Manhattan’s skyline.
We will spend a lot of time on perspective. Don’t worry the lessons will be simple.
Hint: Where do the lines converge on the drawing?
Here’s The formal definition:
Perspective: the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
Quite the mouthful…right? Here’s the skinny … Perspective gives an image a 3D look on a 2D surface from a certain position (above, below, or front)
One and two-point perspective are the most used drawings. A three-point perspective is done in animation, and comics to show dramatic angles from a character’s point of view. Drawings in 3pt. perspective shows either a bird’s eye view or a worm’s eye view. We will talk more about how to draw something in perspective when covering the horizon line.
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Drawing Lesson: Let’s draw a room in one-point perspective
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