Learn The Basics of Three-Point Perspective

Draw A Simple Three-Point Perspective In This Lesson

This lesson shows how to draw a simple three-point perspective layout.  You’ll use three-point perspective layouts only for subjects with unusal viewpoints.  For the most part, three-point perspective works best when you are trying to show great height or great depth.

Three-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.  There is another lesson that covers the basic principles and terms for Linear Perspective – you can find it here.

This lesson is about three-point Perspective.  As its name implies, this type has three vanishing points – two on the horizon line and a third usually located way up in the sky above the subject or way down, underground below the subject.

Three-point perspective creates the illusion of very unusual veiwpoint. If you’ve had the experience of looking up at a very tall building, you may have noticed that the far corners of the building may look as if they slant inward toward each other as the building goes higher and higher.

Three-point perspective can be added to a subject for the simple impact of drama as well.

This lesson shows you how to plot a three-point perspective layout.

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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