Educational slide show demonstrating the techniques of two-point perspective through step by step process. Very easy to follow and informational. Great for art teachers, designers, architects, and students.
How to Draw in two-point
Perspective Like a Pro!
The House by the Railroad
What is perspective anyway?
• Perspective, in art, refers to how objects that are painted or drawn on
a two-dimensional surface are made to look three dimensional.
• By following a simple system of either one, two, or three-point
perspective almost anyone can learn to draw buildings and
architectural elements with a high degree of accuracy.
• These perspective rules were developed during the early Italian
Rennaissance over a period of about 400 years, beginning with the
works of the architect, Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) and the
painter Masolino da Panicale (1383-c. 1440)
So, What is two-point perspective?
• Two-point perspective refers to
when artists are attempting to
draw an architectural element
from the vantage point of seeing it
at an angle. In this way, the viewer
is able to see both sides of the
architectural element receding
towards a common horizon line.
Let’s compare one-point perspective with two-point
• In one-point perspective the view is from
straight on and the sides recede to only
one vanishing point on the horizon.
• In two-point perspective, the view is from
the corner and the sides recede toward
two different vanishing points.
Here are the steps…..they are not so hard.
• Draw a horizon line. This is horizontal line that refers to the point
at which the sky meets the land. It also refers to the eye level of the
viewer. Remember, the horizon line is equal to your eye level. Since
you can have only one given eye level at a time, you can only have
one horizon line.
• Next place two vanishing points fairly far apart on your horizon
line. The vanishing point refers to the point at which parallel lines
appear to converge on the horizon. Think of railroad tracks that seem
to come together on the horizon.
You’re doing great!
• Now, place a vertical line somewhere on your page that is between
the two vanishing points. This line represents the corner of the box
you are drawing.
• Draw from the top and bottom of that vertical line towards both of
THESE IMAGINARY LINES
YOU ARE ALMOST THERE.
• Now draw two lines inside your “V” shape. These represent the back
corners of your box. Where you put them is determined by how long
or wide you want your box to be.
This is the tricky part…..But not too tricky.
• Now, if your box is below your horizon line (eye level) then that
means you should be able to see the top.
• To draw the top, draw a line from the top of your left most line to
your right vanishing point.
• Now draw a line from the top of your right most line to your left most
• The lines will cross each other creating the top.
Tip: If your box is above your horizon line (eye level) then do the exact same thing,
except draw from the bottom of your lines instead of the top.
You did it! Now just erase your extra
Practice drawing several boxes at different
elevations using two-point perspective.
Tip: Keep in mind that everything that you put on the sides of your box, must
recede to the correct vanishing point. That way, everything gets smaller at the same
rate as it goes away from the eye and looks natural.
Look at this painting by William
Hogarth. How did he use two-
point perspective to create a
feeling of depth and naturalism?
March of the Guards to
Finchley (1750), a satirical
depiction of troops mustered
to defend London from the
Here is another picture by
William Hogarth called, “Gin
Look how he
follows the rules of
buildings along this
• Horizon Line
• Vanishing Point
• Orthagonal line
• One-point perspective
• Two-point perspective
END OF SLIDE SHOW
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