Learn The Basics of One-Point Perspective

This Lesson Shows You How To Draw A Simple Single-Point Perspective

Single Point or One-Point Perspective

There are three basic kinds of linear perspective: one-point, two-point, and three-point. The description tells us how many vanishing points are needed to render a three-dimensional subject in two dimensions.  If you aren’t familiar with the basic principles and terms for Linear Perspective, it’s a good idea to watch this tutorial lesson on the Basics of Linear Perspective.

One-Point Perspective

This lesson is about One-point Perspective, aka Single Point Perspective.

Simple One point perspective drawings require only a single vanishing point.  Its common to encounter this type of linear perspective on street scenes and city scenes. In those, buildings are generally lined up along the street and sidewalks in a straight line. Buildings on opposite sides of the street are also generally parallel to each other.

You might encounter the same thing in an interior scene, especially when looking down a hallway.

This lesson shows you how to plot a one-point perspective layout. We’ll do three versions to help you undertand the effect of station point.

What you’ll need

  • A sharpened pencil or two
  • An eraser
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Drawing paper – rather large. In the lesson I’m working with a sheet that is 11″ x 14″


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