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Art how to paint and draw using a Two-point perspective.

Updated on March 7, 2013

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Do you feel like your pictures are a bit flat? Can you not put your finger on the lack of oomph in your art drawings or paintings? Are you are wondering how to go about getting your picture to stand off the page? Whether you are learning to paint or draw, read on for a simple explanation of creating exciting 3D looking art instead of boring, flat pictures.

Two-point Perspective.

2-point perspective is used to make objects such as buildings, cars, boats etc appear 3-dimensional, in proportion and as though they are sitting on the ground or water rather than floating in the air.

Perspective and Buildings

  • Draw an horizon line A B across the page.
  • Draw in the upright wall that faces you CD
  • Judge the angle that each side wall comes off the upright wall, and extend lines from D to the horizon. The blue dots on the horizon are the 'vanishing points'.

  • Draw lines from C to the vanishing points.
  • Rule in the ends of the house shown in red - EF and GH.

  • On each side 'wall' rule in the diagonals (shown in green) and rule vertical lines through the middle of the green crosses up as high as you want the roof line - shown as I J

  • Join J to the vanishing point near A. It will cut through the other upright.
  • Join I to E, J to C and G to H as shown in red

  • Windows and doors are also placed along lines leading to the vanishing point
  • Doors and windows on the bare side of the house angle towards to other vanishing point near B.


A building can be positioned anywhere by moving the first upright line C D, up, own or across the page, or even above the horizon. Each different position will give a different view of the building.

  • In perspective, anything we know is horizontal, will now be angled towards a vanishing point on the horizon.
  • All verticals (e g sides of the house) must remain vertical, otherwise the building will look as though its toppling.

To add a veranda

  • · Extend lines as shown in red from a vanishing point through the edges of the building.

  • Draw a line from Vanishing Point 2 as wide as you want the veranda to be - shown in yellow

  • From VP2 rule a line (shown in black) to cross the lower red line
  • Rule two verticals (black) to touch the yellow line. This will create the veranda posts.

  • Color to complete the house with veranda.


Have a go at 3D perspective yourself and when you think you have mastered the technique you can then apply it to any number of things such as buildings, vehicles, furniture etc etc. Soon you'll have any artist's eye and create art that jumps out of the paper. Don't forget to enjoy the process or else there is no point to creating art.

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks Bryan W Cole . Glad you enjoyed it, much appreciated.

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      Bryan Cole 4 years ago from California

      Very RAD. Thanks for the cool tutorial.

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks BlossomSB, glad you are enjoying the hubs. Have a nice day.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A very useful article and so well illustrated with all those great drawings. Thank you for the explanation.

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks again kidscraft . I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very well explained! I love your drawings; it makes it very clear!