Perspective drawing is a technique
used to show the third dimension
(depth) on a two dimensional
This drawing technique was
developed late in the 15th century
Linear Perspective deals with the
orientation and location of shapes
Perspective drawing terms
Horizon line – Line which shows where the
earth and sky meet.
Vertical line – Line which runs straight up and
Horizontal lines – parallel to the horizon line.
Orthogonal lines – Meet at the vanishing point
of an image.
Vanishing point- Point where lines seem to
meet in a perspective drawing.
1 point perspective – Perspective drawing
where there is one vanishing point. (This has
vertical, horizontal, and orthogonal lines)
2 point perspective – Perspective drawing
which has two vanishing points. (This has
vertical and orthogonal lines)
3 point perspective – Perspective drawing
which has three vanishing points. (this has
only orthogonal lines)
The Last Supper, Leonardo
Da Vinci, c.1495
Persistence of Memory,
Salvador Dali, 1931
Using a ruler create a detailed one point perspective
Your city must have at least four buildings. They
should be a mixture of above and below the horizon
You should have a road and a “sidewalk”.
All buildings should have doors and windows.