In this tutorial you will learn how to draw with two point perspective. This is a simple method that will allow you to draw in a realistic perspective.
With two point perspective you can draw the same objects as in one point perspective, but now you'll have an edge of the object closest to the picture plane rather than a face. In other words, you can now create objects in different angles.
Let's try drawing the box we did in the previous tutorial.
Draw your horizon line, but, instead of marking one vanishing point at the center, mark two points apart from each other (don’t make the point too close to each other, or your drawing can get distorted).
Now, below the horizon line, draw a vertical line. This kind of perspective differs from one point perspective because it never has horizontal lines, but you will see how things will look pretty good.
Draw the orthogonal lines from the top and the bottom of the vertical line reaching the vanishing points.
Make two more vertical lines to give your object the dimensions you wish. From the top of the last lines, draw an imaginary one reaching the opposite vanishing points.
Now, close your object by drawing along the orthogonal lines. Erase the back of your object and you now have a box drawn with two point perspective.
Although it's a simple box as the one we made in the previous tutorial, this one has a different view point.
With the same two vanishing points, draw multiple objects just to learn how the perspective behaves from different angles.
Let's draw a chair
Make an object that looks like the one in the picture. We will build the chair from here.
Now, from the closest edge, draw down a vertical line until you reach the size you want the legs to be.
Draw two orthogonal lines to the vanishing points and you can make the size of the left and right legs. From there, draw two more imaginary lines and you’ll get the size of the last leg.
Determine how large you want the legs to be and draw it on the closest leg. Proceed creating the orthogonal lines as shown in the picture, so you can finish the front legs and half of the back legs. The back legs are connected to the back of the chair, so we’ll leave them to the next step.
From the right leg, draw a vertical line until it reaches the size that you want for the back of your chair. Connecting orthogonal lines to the vanishing points will allow you to finish it.
Ok, almost finished. From the top right orthogonal line, draw a vertical line all the way down to the bottom orthogonal. Now you’ll just have to draw the last imaginary line from the right leg to the left vanishing point and it will allow you to draw the depth of the back legs of your chair.
Erase all the lines that you don’t need and all you’ll have remaining is a chair drawn in a two point perspective.
Hope you had fun.
The more details you add, the more imaginary lines you’ll need. But, as you are drawing, you can erase the ones that you won’t need anymore.
- Use a ruler if you can’t draw straight lines very well. With practice, you’ll start to use it fewer times.
- If you are using pencils, use the harder ones (H) to make the imaginary lines, and the softer pencils (HB/B) for the object outlines.
- Practice makes it better. Start from simple shapes and give them details. After drawing singular objects, try drawing a full scene, like a room or a street.
- Further objects look smaller than the closer ones.
tanyasays76 on September 05, 2012:
I haven't thought about much else since I read it. I will be putting the rules to the test on my next project. Thank you!
Pedro Furtado Cabral (author) from Porto, Portugal on September 04, 2012:
tanyasays76 Thank you for the compliment. I always say that everyone can draw, even if they never did it earlier. I'm glad that it helped you :)
tanyasays76 on September 03, 2012:
This is the most useful tutorial for sketching that I have found lately. You are great at instruction. I have had issues with my dimensional sketches, and this helps a lot. Thank you for the hub post :)