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How to Draw in Two-Point Perspective


“How to Draw in Two-Point Perspective” by Joan Y. Edwards

Two-point perspective has two vanishing point lines heading out from one particular corner spot in an image. Usually at the top and bottom of a vertical line that juts out.

I found several pictures on Pixabay that might help you understand a little better about it. If a building juts out towards you, with lines going out from it in two other directions, it probably is in two-point perspective.

Also, if you’re looking at a room, where you can only see one corner of a room in the distance and two walls jutting at an angle from it, it probably is a two-point perspective.

Here are five images to help you understand.

Image Examples of Two-Point Perspective:

 

Image 1 – Two Point Perspective – Point is towards you (Pixabay)

Image 2 – Two Point Perspective – Point is away from you (Pixabay)

 

Image 3 – Two-point Perspective – Point is towards you (Pixabay)

Image 4 – Two-Point Perspective – Point is away from you (Pixabay)

 

Image 5 – Two-Point Perspective – Point is towards you (Pixabay)

 

Steps to Drawing a Building in Two-Point Perspective

  1. Draw your horizon line straight across the page.
  2. Draw two points about a half-inch from the edge of the paper: one on the left side of the horizon line and another on the right side of the horizon line. These are your two vanishing points. All diagonal lines will go through one of these points. I discovered that if I make each dot an X then, it was easier to find and easier to line up with it.
  3. Draw the middle line that juts out towards you.
  4. Draw a line from top of the jut line to the left vanishing point.
  5. Draw a line from the bottom of the jut line to the left vanishing point.
  6. Draw a line from the bottom of the jut line to the right vanishing point.
  7. Draw a line from the bottom of the jut line to the left vanishing point.

Here are two images I drew for you in two-point perspective.

The first is a sketch of a laundry room. This time the jut line is away from you. I hope you can tell what the items are. If you can’t, just write me a little note and ask.

Illustration of two-point perspective – Laundry Room Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

The second illustration is also one of two-point perspective. This time the jut line is facing you. I drew a part of a city, I only drew two buildings so that I wouldn’t cover up the original two vanishing points. I made the image in the blog especially big, so that you might be able to see the red X’s for the vanishing points.

Illustration of two point perspective – City buildings and park Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog. I hope you’ll try doing two-point perspective or draw for the adventure of doing it. Just to think that I started out with a horizon line and 2 vanishing points on each end. Simply amazing to me. One of the reasons, I’ve been working on perspective is so I’ll be able to make the illustrations better for my chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.

I guess you noticed that sometimes one or both of the vanishing points can act like the single vanishing point. Things tend to get smaller in the distance. On city streets, you might need more than two points of perspective.

I hope you will leave me a note. I love hearing from the people who read my blog. I’d be honored if you would share it with others on Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Lots of Resources – Lots and Lots of Resources

Websites:

  1. ContrastBlack Studio DesignTutsPlus.com. Technical Drawing for Beginners: Two Point Perspective:” https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/technical-drawing-for-beginners-two-point-perspective–vector-21862
  2. Hello Artsy.com. “2 Pt Perspective Drawing: Step by Step:” http://helloartsy.com/2pt-perspective/
  3. Instructables.com. “How to Make a Two Point Perspective Drawing:” http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Two-Point-Perspective-Drawing/

 

YouTube Videos

  1. Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw in 2-Point Perspective: A Modern House:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ0IgP25sV8
  2. iDraw. “How To Draw In Two Point Perspective | Easy:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29-bPAhvzFI
  3. Frank Korb. “Two Point Perspective Stairs:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwevKdC-r8&t=24s
  4. Circle Line Art School. Tom. “How to Draw an Airplane and Airport in 2-Point Perspective:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgfeehj48a4
  5. Circle Line Art School. Tom. “How to Draw a City in Two Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNq78n02fMQ&t=167s
  6. Diane Wood. “How to Draw a Room in 2 Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCanYY7eLeA
  7. Joshua Hendry. Drawing Tutorial – 2 Point Perspective (Buildings):” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwYUHx4Yong
  8. Milan Claudio. “2-Point Perspective City Drawing Tutorial:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qUIVGKGzB8
  9. Online Drawing Lessons. “Two Point Perspective Drawing Tutorial (A Room):” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvTPywbY2yM
  10. Paul Priestley. “How to Use Two Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfvTGb1igZ4
  11. Suzette Morrow. “2 Point Perspective Drawing:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpLJT_SHqpU
  12. Virtual Instructor. “Two Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ0IgP25sV8
  13. idraw. “How to Draw Two Point Perspective| Easy:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29-bPAhvzFI

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