Learn How To Draw A Two-Point Perspective Grid

This lesson shows how to draw a two-point perspective grid. It is a valuable lesson in two important ways.

Two-Point Perspective

There are three basic kinds of linear perspective: one-point, two-point, and three-point.

All linear perspective systems are based on the simple idea that objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.

The objective – or “real” – 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.

Two-point linear perspective applies to most landscape and seascape scenes. Using it to assist drawing the layout will strengthen the illusion of three-dimensional space.

Two-Point Perspective Grid

It is unlikely that you’ll draw a two-point linear perspective layout for all or, indeed, any of your paintings.  And, it is not really necessary. First of all, the real world that we depict in our paintings is usually more complex than a simple two-point perspective layout. Secondly, it isn’t necessary to be precisely accurate in most of painting layouts. 

Learning the general effect of linear perspective and practicing, will give you an understanding that you can apply in your paintings.  

Creating a two-point perspective grid following the method in this lesson will also give you a tool to help when things just don’t look right. 


What you’ll need

  • Pencils – a regular drawing pencil, a red colored pencil, and a blue colored pencil
  • Tracing paper – 9″x 12″
  • A Ruler
  • Some regular white drawing paper as a backing. 

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