Linear perspective in painting is a set of rules used to draw 3-dimensional objects on a flat (2-dimensional) surface. The subject can be quite elaborate but luckily you don't need to become an expert to be able to draw well. There are 2 basic rules of linear perspective that you need to remember:

Objects that are closer appear bigger.

Parallel lines intersect at the horizon.

We will elaborate on these 2 points below.

perspective example

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Rule #1: Objects that are closer appear bigger.

Take a look at the drawing on the left. It depicts 3 black paintings hanging on a wall.

Do you think the paintings are of the same size in real life? Are they the same size on the drawing?

The answer to the first question is YES. The paintings depicted here are of the same size in real life. The answer to the second question is NO. On the drawing, you can clearly see how the size of the paintings changes with distance. As the distance increases, so the paintings appear smaller. The painting that is the closest to us is the biggest one, the second is smaller and the last one is the smallest.

perspective, parallel lines intersect a the the horizon

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Rule #2: Parallel lines intersect at the horizon.

Take a look at the drawing on the left. It depicts railroad lines.

Do rails ever intersect in real life? Do they intersect on the drawing?

The answer to the first question is of course NO. Rails never intersect in real life, they are parallel to each other.
The answer to the second question is YES. If you look inside the tunnel you will notice that all 4 rails (that are parallel to each other in real life) are going to meet at the same point. This point will be on the horizon.

one point perspective cube example

One Point Perspective Example

The drawing on the left depicts a cube drawn in a 1 point perspective.
One point perspective is used to draw objects that are directly facing the viewer.

two point perspective cube example

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Two Point Perspective Example

The drawing on the left depicts a cube drawn in a 2 point perspective.
2 point perspective is the most commonly used in drawing. The cube on the left is a very good example of both rules of linear perspective. Notice how the frontal edge appears bigger (rule #1). Also notice how parallel lines converge to the same point on the horizon (rule #2).

three point perspective cube example

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Three Point Perspective Example

The drawing on the left depicts a cube drawn in a 3 point perspective.
3 point perspective is rarely used in drawing. It is required when drawing very tall objects, such as buildings.

interior with 2 point perspective

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The perspective sketch from the video. Example of Two point perspective.

street with one point perspective drawing

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A sketch of a street. Example of One point perspective.

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Drawing Steps for One Point Perspective

I have had several emails about how to do the One point perspective paintings from this post, http://www.elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/search/label/One%20Point%20Perspective so I have written the steps for this drawing. I would suggest, the bigger paper, the better. Before you begin, be sure to show students many images to get them excited and print a variety of photos to inspire creativity! 1. Begin with the horizon line in the middle (please excuse my very crooked lines!!! pencil did not photograph well, so I had to redraw some lines with my computer mouse)

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2. Draw a dot in the middle (vanishing point) and make an “X” from corner to corner (or close enough) passing through the dot

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3.draw the sidewalks first from the vanishing point 4. Draw the trees starting on the bottom on the “X” all the way to the vanishing point, descending towards the middle. Tell them to draw organic shaped trees, not round Que-tip lollypop trees! Make sure the trees are straight and parallel to the side of the paper. Watch students for this before they spend 20 minutes drawing 8 beautiful but very leaning trees and have to erase all of them!

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5. This is the lingo I use to teach the buildings, We all say, “One, straight out, two diagonal down, three, straight down to the ground, four straight down again, and five, bring it in along the side!”

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6. When I show them the windows we start with the side with the door facing the street. The lines on the tops and bottoms of the windows ABOVE the horizon line are parallel to the top part of the “X”…….below that, when you PASS the Horizon line, the lines on the tops and bottoms of the windows are parallel to the BOTTOM part of the “X” which is now the sidewalk. The top of the door is also parallel to the sidewalk. below: RED parallel to RED and BLUE parallel to BLUE The windows on the OTHER side of the house are normal right angle squares or rectangles.

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7. Now erase the “X” and the parts of the horizon line that overlap the trees and buildings

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8. finish windows and add details. Some students made it into a river instead of a road. Now that the basic foundation is drawn, the possibilities for creativity are ENDLESS!! Cars, trucks, planes, restaurants, people, bridges, parades, parks, pedestrians, lights, etc, etc

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Art lessons from Belgium - one point perspective

One-point perspective art lesson

What can you do with one-point perspective using a city scape?

## What is Perspective:

## About Linear Perspective

Linear perspective in painting is a set of rules used to draw 3-dimensional objects on a flat (2-dimensional) surface. The subject can be quite elaborate but luckily you don't need to become an expert to be able to draw well. There are 2 basic rules of linear perspective that you need to remember:

We will elaborate on these 2 points below.Objects that are closer appear bigger.Parallel lines intersect at the horizon.## Rule #1: Objects that are closer appear bigger.

Take a look at the drawing on the left. It depicts 3 black paintings hanging on a wall.

Do you think the paintings are of the same size in real life?Are they the same size on the drawing?The answer to the first question is YES. The paintings depicted here are of the same size in real life. The answer to the second question is NO. On the drawing, you can clearly see how the size of the paintings changes with distance. As the distance increases, so the paintings appear smaller. The painting that is the closest to us is the biggest one, the second is smaller and the last one is the smallest.

## Rule #2: Parallel lines intersect at the horizon.

Take a look at the drawing on the left. It depicts railroad lines.

Do rails ever intersect in real life?Do they intersect on the drawing?The answer to the first question is of course NO. Rails never intersect in real life, they are parallel to each other.

The answer to the second question is YES. If you look inside the tunnel you will notice that all 4 rails (that are parallel to each other in real life) are going to meet at the same point. This point will be on the horizon.

## One Point Perspective Example

The drawing on the left depicts a cube drawn in a 1 point perspective.

One point perspective is used to draw objects that are directly facing the viewer.

## Two Point Perspective Example

The drawing on the left depicts a cube drawn in a 2 point perspective.

2 point perspective is the most commonly used in drawing. The cube on the left is a very good example of both rules of linear perspective. Notice how the frontal edge appears bigger (rule #1). Also notice how parallel lines converge to the same point on the horizon (rule #2).

## Three Point Perspective Example

The drawing on the left depicts a cube drawn in a 3 point perspective.

3 point perspective is rarely used in drawing. It is required when drawing very tall objects, such as buildings.

The perspective sketch from the video. Example of

Two point perspective.A sketch of a street. Example of

One point perspective.Practice Drawing a book in one-point perspective:

Perspective from an graphic novelist:

Drawing Landscape: Halloween

Drawing a building:

Draw a Cabin: Christmas

## How to Draw a City Scape:

A city scape in one point perspective:

## Drawing Steps for One Point Perspective

I have had several emails about how to do the One point perspective paintings from this post, http://www.elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/search/label/One%20Point%20Perspective

so I have written the steps for this drawing.

I would suggest, the bigger paper, the better.

Before you begin, be sure to show students many images to get them excited and print a variety of photos to inspire creativity!

1. Begin with the horizon line in the middle (please excuse my very crooked lines!!! pencil did not photograph well, so I had to redraw some lines with my computer mouse)

2. Draw a dot in the middle (vanishing point) and make an “X” from corner to corner (or close enough) passing through the dot

3.draw the sidewalks first from the vanishing point

4. Draw the trees starting on the bottom on the “X” all the way to the vanishing point, descending towards the middle. Tell them to draw organic shaped trees, not round Que-tip lollypop trees! Make sure the trees are straight and parallel to the side of the paper. Watch students for this before they spend 20 minutes drawing 8 beautiful but very leaning trees and have to erase all of them!

5. This is the lingo I use to teach the buildings, We all say, “One, straight out, two diagonal down, three, straight down to the ground, four straight down again, and five, bring it in along the side!”

6. When I show them the windows we start with the side with the door facing the street.

The lines on the tops and bottoms of the windows ABOVE the horizon line are parallel to the top part of the “X”…….below that, when you PASS the Horizon line, the lines on the tops and bottoms of the windows are parallel to the BOTTOM part of the “X” which is now the sidewalk. The top of the door is also parallel to the sidewalk.

below: RED parallel to RED and BLUE parallel to BLUE

The windows on the OTHER side of the house are normal right angle squares or rectangles.

7. Now erase the “X” and the parts of the horizon line that overlap the trees and buildings

8. finish windows and add details. Some students made it into a river instead of a road. Now that the basic foundation is drawn, the possibilities for creativity are ENDLESS!!

Cars, trucks, planes, restaurants, people, bridges, parades, parks, pedestrians, lights, etc, etc

What can you do with one-point perspective using a city scape?

## Name Perspective:

## One-Point Perspective:

## In Doors:

## Bird's Eye:

## modern art and perspective:

An Ant's Perspective