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Simple single point perspective drawing

Updated on July 27, 2012

Simple Single Point Perspective Drawing

Have you ever wondered how to take flat drawings and make them look third dimensional? Maybe you have already tried this and are never happy with the way it looks. Do you erase and fix, erase and fix; only to finally get frustrated and toss your creation in the trash? That will no longer be a problem for you after you learn how to draw from a simple single point perspective!

The image below is just an example of problems some of you may have when trying to make your drawings look more 3D. Some of you might do much better than this without even knowing how to create a viewpoint (aka vanishing point). If you are good at making your objects look third dimensional but want to perfect it or make sure your perspective is correct, then this could be helpful to you too!

Ready?

In the image it is pretty obvious we are seeing sides of building we should not see and that they are pretty uneven. The windows in the buildings all have the same perspective; normally this would depend on your view point. So the perspective would change every time you move the view point.

Let’s get started!

We will start out with a blank piece of drawing paper or even better a piece of graph paper would be great for learning to draw 3D looking objects.

For this tutorial we will make the view point in the center of your paper. Grab a ruler or straight edge and find the center of your paper. Draw a dot in its center. If you do not have a ruler, don’t worry just place dot as near to the center as possible.

Like this…

Dot

Next we will draw 9 boxes. There will be three boxes in the middle, three at the top and three more at the bottom of your paper like shown below.

As you can see the middle box has the dot in the center of it. That dot represents the view point, in which the viewer is looking. We will now create what the viewer sees from this view point (the dot).

Now with your ruler or straight edge you will draw lines from each corner of each box that faces the dot. Each of these corners will have lines that run from their corner to the dot in the center of your paper. The corners that face away from the view point dot do not need lines drawn because we cannot see that side of the box (unless the boxes were clear, see through, glass.); since the boxes we are creating are solid we do not need to draw its perspective.

How are you doing, easy huh? Told ya!

The next step will be erasing all lines in the center box, as shown below.

Let’s now do what I call CUBIFY!

Even though it looks cool, I would like to show you how to give the cubes an ending, because right now they look as if they go on and on and on.

On your paper take your straight edge or ruler and draw what resembles a tic-tac-toe board. Draw a straight line down your paper and across your paper, between each cube as shown below.

Cubify!

Clean it up

It’s time to clean it up by erasing the lines that travel on past our new cubify lines. Be careful not to erase any of the cubes edges.

Well what do ya think? Looks good eh? You did great! Now that you know how to do this, try changing where your view point (dot) is located on your paper and redrawing the perspective lines to that new dot! Later on you can try drawing with two or even three perspective viewpoints!

Before we part, how about I give that not so perfect drawing of buildings a better perspective?

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      Brandy 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Thank you very much!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Excellent starter for learning perspective drawing!