Many students look at perspective drawings and think that you must be a great artist in order to make one, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Every direction you look there are objects in front of you that can be drawn exactly as you see them using perspective principles. By understanding the fundamental principles and with a little practice, you can make your own realistic perspective drawing. Inspiration can come from the smallest microscopic object to large landscapes. Just look around! Perspective images are everywhere!
Draw a one, two, three, or five point perspective drawing on an 8.5" x 11" white paper. The drawing can be of a real-world picture or anything from your imagination. Use the resources below and samples of student work to help get you started. Start off making a quick rough sketch to establish what your drawing should generally look like. For a 1-point, 2-point, and 3-point drawing, a ruler should be frequently used to make all lines precise. Make sure to fulfill the criteria below. If asked, you should be able to point to the vanishing point(s), on or off your paper. Coloring is optional, but if only using pencil, make sure it is dark so the image can be seen from a distance. Take pride in your work and have fun with it.
The purpose of this project is to expose you to and help you develop a skill that is needed in many careers. Architects, engineers, scientists, video game designers, interior designers, city planners, artists, and many other professions utilize perspective drawing skills. By understanding how to draw an object with depth you will enhance your spatial reasoning skills.
Use the resources below to help get you started. Search the internet, especially youtube, to learn more about perspective drawing.
If you come upon a resource that you found very helpful, please share it with me and I'll post it on this site so everyone can benefit from it.
1. Correct Application of Perspective Drawing Concepts
Perspective Drawing Book
Perspective Drawing Tutorial Videos
Foundations: Three Point Perspective Drawing
Foundations: Five Point
Great Drawing Resource: University College London Drawing Gym
Samples of Student Work