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One Point Perspective – Art

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“One Point Perspective – Art” by Joan Y. Edwards

When I was in college at Western Carolina University, I took a few art courses. In one of them the instructor taught us one point perspective. We went outside and painted different buildings from across the street in one point perspective. My sister, Janet, says she still has those drawings. It’s amazing that watching You-Tube videos can refresh your memory and also give you new techniques to help you improve your drawing of things in perspective. I listed resources I personally liked that teach you one point perspective.

Definition: What is perspective?

Helen South states that “Perspective drawing gives a three-dimensional feeling to a picture. In art, it is a system of representing the way that objects appear to get smaller and closer together the further away they are in the scene.”

Things seem to get farther and farther away until they vanish at a point. Many times that point is near the middle of the page, but doesn’t have to. If you’re looking down the street, objects closer to you look larger than the objects farther away from you.

Here are a few other images that show you one point perspective:

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Notice how everything seems to lead to one particular point in the images near the back of the picture. Everything close to you looks bigger and items farther away get smaller.  With the trees you can see more of he front tree than you can of the others. You can see more of the buildings that are closer to you, than the ones that are farther away.

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Here are hints for drawing in one point perspective:

  • Make all diagonal (slanted) lines so that they come from the single dot vanishing point. The Vanishing Point marks where you stop seeing separate diagonal lines going away from you. It looks like they come together there. It makes things look smaller as they get farther away from your eyes. It makes things look larger as they get closer to your eyes. In other words, these diagonal lines that look like an upside down V help you see things on the page in perspective.
  • All straight lines across will be parallel with the horizon line.
  • All straight up and down (vertical) lines will be parallel with the right and left side edges of the paper.


Materials You’ll Need:  8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and a white eraser. 

If you are drawing a room in one point perspective, here is one way to begin:


  1. Draw a line from the top left hand corner to the lower right hand corner of your paper.
  2. Draw a line from the top right hand corner to the lower left hand corner of your paper.
  3. Draw a straight line across the middle of the page. This will be your horizon line.
  4. Mark a dark dot in the middle of the horizon line. You can use a red colored pencil to help it stand out. This dot is called your vanishing point. 
  5. If you want, you can draw a rectangle to represent the wall at the far end of the room or hall.
  6. Now draw the hallway or room in detail with pictures on walls, desks, chairs, and doorways or windows.  Good luck😊!

If you are drawing a street scene, road, or railroad track scene, you might want to start with these directions:


  1. Draw a straight line across the page close to the middle of the paper. This will be your horizon line.
  2. Draw a dot near the middle of the page. This will be your vanishing point.
  3. Decide how far apart you want your up-side-down V-shaped diagonal lines. Draw two diagonal lines that go from the vanishing point to the bottom of the page so that they are wider at the bottom.
  4. Draw the other items. Any slanted line will go through the vanishing point. The straight lines will be horizontal or vertical.


  1. Print out one of the three pictures above or another one point perspective image from your own personal photo collection. Trace it or draw it using pencil and ruler. Be sure to note your horizon line and vanishing point, as well as the slanted, diagonal lines that all lead to the vanishing point.
  2. Sit in your front yard and sketch what you see in one point perspective.
  3. Sketch a hall scene from your house. Take a picture of it and draw it or sit at one end of the hall and draw it.
  4. Sketch a garden scene in one point perspective.



Graph Paper – Grid Paper

  1. Graph Paper Perspective. You can choose the size paper and how many inches you want the lines to be apart, etc. https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/perspective/
  2. Printable Paper.net. Free to print. One Point Perspective guide lines on paper

Written Step-by-Step with Images and Text

  1. http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing
  2. C. Ibarra. “How to Create a Hallway With One Point Perspective:” https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-hallway-with-one-point-perspective/
  3. Drawing Coach.com. “1 Point Perspective Drawing – Lesson 2 How to Draw a Circle:” http://www.drawingcoach.com/1-point-perspective.html
  4. Helen South.  “How to Draw One Point Perspective:” https://www.thoughtco.com/one-point-perspective-drawing-tutorial-1123412

Videos on You-Tube

  1. Fletcher Ceramics. “Easy 1 Point Perspective.” (brick building on a street)
  2. Matt – Virtual Instructor. “One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJYBMr5MKoo
  3. Melinda Nguyen “One Point Perspective – Streetscape:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phiEaRGBv-4
  4. Milton Kaynes You-tube Channel. “How To Draw A Room with One Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30tzJG6EOTo
  5. Otis Art Docents. “Lesson 5B – One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twcFW0RyOO8
  6. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw 1-Point Perspective for Beginners: A Hallway:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ICyLN6I2cY
  7. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a House in One-Point Perspective.”
  8. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a Room in One-Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEymIyLbiAI
  9. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw Using One Point Perspective: (Railroad Track)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrKohWdpeQ

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What Will Your Main Character Eat?

“What Will Your Main Character Eat?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Thank you, God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you, God,

for our world so sweet.

for the food we eat.

for water to drink

for the ability to think.

Thank you, God,

for our moms and dads.

for all girls and lads.

for friends who give us hope

for ideas that help us cope.

Thank you, God,

for words to write

for people to read

for songs to sing

for bells to jing-a-ling-ling-ling

Thank you, God, for everything.


I thought Thanksgiving would be a great day to do this blog post about what your main character would eat. This is the fifth in the Main Character Series with Pictures from http://www.morguefile.com. Pictures are worth a thousand words. When you are a writer you can create the allusion of pictures in the minds of your readers by using great descriptive words.

Foods give you a great way to use your senses to describe foods. Also colors…fruits and vegetables spread a wonderful array of color. In a sad story, you could choose all the dark-colored foods on purpose to set the tone. I’m sure you’ve noticed that when you have a cold, foods taste bland. Your sense of smell also helps create the sense of taste. With your nose stopped up, the taste is different. The touch of the finger foods might help your main character decide if it was worth eating. Would eel or snail be too slippery and slimy? (Ooh yuck! I’m freaking myself out.)

See, hear, taste, smell, and touch! Which senses call you more to your favorite foods? Which senses enhance the flavors of your foods and make you like them even more.  Does your main character have a test foods need to meet for him to eat them? Here are a few images to help our brains enjoy a little diversion to help you decide.

Is your main character on times so bad that his table is set, but there is no food to place on the plates? What are his choices? Is he thankful for what he has? Is he angry? Does he take desperate actions?

www.morguefile.com Table set and plates are empty.

http://www.morguefile.com Table set and plates are empty.

Rolls in artistic shapes to make them pleasant to look at. Is the outside crunchy and the inside soft? If your character only likes soft rolls, she’d renege on these.

Ah! A baked potato done to perfection. Add butter and a pinch of salt. YUMMY. Smooth taste to your tongue. If your main character is diabetic, this could send his sugar spiraling up. White bread, white rice, white rolls! Carbohydrates turn to sugar in your body.

Does your main character believe that eating chocolate is the only thing that is keeping her alive? Without chocolate, she feels she would die. What would she do if there was a worldwide shortage on chocolate. The price goes up. She loses her job. Uh oh!

 Your main character has eaten bacon every day of his life. It’s part of his breakfast ritual. The doctor tells him that he has to watch his cholesterol levels. Somehow the taste of turkey bacon doesn’t light up the savor taste buds for him. What will he choose?

Five slices of bacon www.morguefile.com

Five slices of bacon

When things are going rough for your main character, he may love the smooth taste of the ice cream and the fruity tang of the strawberries.

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Ice cream and strawberries

Does your main character want to impress his girl friend. He’s a runner. Runs in marathons. Will he splurge at a new downtown restaurant for steak, green beans, shrimp, and rice?

Steak, Shrimp, Green Beans, and Rice

Steak, Shrimp, Green Beans, and Rice http://www.morguefile.com

Does your main character believe an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Statistics prove that eating an apple a day helps keep down sugar levels in diabetics. They are crunchy and colorful. There are sweet apples and tart apples. So many choices. But you don’t want to eat a poisoned apple, like Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Green beans are healthy vegetables. Snap them in smaller pieces. Cut off the ends and eat them whole. Eat them crunchy or cook them until they are soft.

Does your main character have to stop at the mall where the vendor sells pretzels? Those huge pretzels are soft and chewy. Just enough salt to make you thirsty, too.

Would your main character get into a watermelon seed fight and end up throwing chunks of watermelon at each other? What a waste of tasty, moist watermelon! If your main character is a child, would he be like me and believe it if a man told you that if you swallowed a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in your belly?



Would your main character buy the grapes with seeds or without seeds? Why?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post about foods your main character might like or dislike for varying reasons. Please leave a comment and let me know your favorite foods. Tell me which foods are addictive for your character and which one he would never eat even in a month of Sundays. Thank you, http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use your pictures for free. You are a blessing.

Celebrate you.
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