Learn The Basics of Two-Point Perspective

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

Learn the easy way to paint weeds and tall grasses in this lesson. Both are common sights in rural scenes and are great additions to any landscape painting. This lesson shows you how to paint both weeds and tall grass without getting fussy! We use our easy, basic watercolor techiques to create a great look. 

It’s a ‘two-fer’ lesson – we paint weeds in a summer scene and in a late fall scene. Just for fun we add a little bit of sky, landscape and a foreground puddle!

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Linear Perspective

For many, ‘perspective’ is a mysterious subject – one that produces some nervousness and caution.  When we use the word ‘Perspective’ it usually means linear perspective.  Linear perspective is based on a very simple idea:  objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.

The objective  world exists in three-dimensions: height, width and depth.  Our drawings and painting exist only in two dimensions: height and width.

 Perspective, or linear perspective, is a system for representing the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.

The principles of Perspective are easy to learn and you should. It is really an essential piece of knowledge for a representational artist.

The main reason that learning perspective is essential is that it is difficult to draw or paint what we actually see.  Our eyes do see the objects as they appear, with the apparent distortions of shape and size created by distance (depth).  However, our brains want to compensate for the apparent distortions.

Learning ‘Perspective’ will help with the mechanical aspects of drawing an accurate Perspective.  More imporatantly, learning to draw an accurate Perspective shows us how objects should look in three dimensional space.  This knowledge will help us overcome those compensatory impulses our mind wants to impose on us.

 Two-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 Two-point Perspective.  There are two vanishing points located on the Horizon Line. This type of perspective works well for many subjects and applies when we are looking at angular objects at, well – angle.  Think of it as when you are looking at the corner of a building rather than straight onto one of its sides.  When viewing any angular object like this,  the top and bottom of the walls will look as if they are slanted, rather than straight and parallel to each other.  Two point perspective will help you create this effect on your paper.

This lesson shows you how to plot a two-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″

Related Lessons

Lessons About Linear Perspective

Lessons About Aerial Perspective