Determining The Point of View

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.

Left: cube drawn in 1 point perspective
Center: cube drawn in 2 point perspective
Right: Cube drawn in 3 point perspective

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.

Skyline drawn in 5 point perspective
A room in one-point perspective
Castle in 2pt perspective
Buildings 3 point perspective
Can you tell what perspective was used to draw this house?

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.

Let me know in the comments if this lesson helped

Drawing Lesson: Let’s draw a room in one-point perspective

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