Learn The Basics of Two-Point Perspective

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

This lesson shows how to draw a simple two-point perspective layout.  It’s really easy and will help you begin to understand the ideas that help show space and distance in your paintings.

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″


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