How To Use A Two-Point Perspective Grid

For Drawing Layouts That Look Right And Show Space and Distance

Linear perspective can dramatically improve your drawing and drawing layouts for your paintings while supporting the illusion of three-dimensions.

Linear Perspective Ideas

Perspective is based on a very simple idea:  objects that are farther from you appear to be smaller.

Perspective, or Linear Perspective is a system that helps create the illusion of depth, space and distance in two-dimensions. Understanding the principles and concepts is really essential for depicting three dimensional objects in two dimensions.

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.

Linear Perspective In Practice

You may already be familar with one, two and three point perspective (find lesson on all three and more about linear perspective with this learning track). 

Our lessons, as well as others show how to draw formal perspectives. These are valuable for learning the ‘rules’ of perspective. More importantly, they teach the effects of linear perspective. Knowing these makes it easy to apply them in drawings and paintings. 

Using A Perspective Grid

Perspective Grids are linear perspective drawings with perspective lines plotted both above and below the horizon line and to each vanishing point.  These are great learning tools and great practical tools as well. 

In this lesson, we’ll use a two-point perspective grid created in another lesson. You’ll need it if you want to work along with the video. 

What you’ll need

  • Pencil
  • Two-Point Perspective Grid
  • Tracing Paper

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Draw A Two-Point Perspective Grid

two point perspective grid drawn with the brewer methodThe lesson above uses the grid created in this lesson.

It is unlikely that you’ll draw a two-point linear perspective any of your paintings.  And, it is not really necessary. The real world that we depict in our paintings is usually more complex than a simple two-point perspective layout and 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. 

Practical Perspective – Part II

This is another lesson that shows the practical effects of linear perspective for a painting layout.

This lesson shows how two-point linear perspective is applied to a drawing layout. The most important result of using linear perspective in your paintings is that is supports the illusion of space and distance.

As you know, Linear Perspective is based on the simple reality that objects farther from you appear to be smaller. The practical effects apply to distant objects, the far ends of objects that are nearer and edges.

Edges, whether real or implied, seem to converge at Vanishing Points located on the Horizon Line aka Eye Level line.

Linear Perspective Learning Track

basic two point perspective drawingLearn more about Linear Perspective, the differences between one, two and three point perspective, and the more practical applications in watercolor paint with this group of lessons

It includes eight lessons that will teach you the basics of, and how to apply Linear Perspective in your drawings and paintings. 

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