One-Point Perspective Illustration With Example

A very pleasant day to all the readers :). In this article you’ll get to know about perspective drawing. perspective is an important topic for knowledge, It is however necessary to know not only for art students but also for the people involved in certain fields such as animation, graphic designing, photography, architecture and many more. Perspective is another way to create drawings with the depth and the feeling of the actually existing object in space. Perspective drawing is a good style to use when drawing in 3D. Drawing in perspective allows you to establish object on a foreground, middle ground and the background. But before starting learning perspective, few points that are necessary to know are viewpoint, horizon and vanishing point.

What is your Viewpoint?

Viewpoint is studying and considering what you’re looking at. Is this the best viewpoint to find the best composition? Where are you physically in relation to the scene you are considering painting? Are you looking up, Standing, sitting, kneeling or flying.

What is Horizon?

See where the sky meets the land? That’s the horizon line means it is on the horizon. If objects are blocking your view of the horizon line, turn around until you can determine where it is in relation to your line of sight.

What is Vanishing Point?

The vanishing point is a point in the far distance at which our eyes can no longer see. Since the farthest we can see here is to the earth’s horizon that’s where most vanishing points live. Perspective lines start at the vanishing point. It is the point on the eye level where the parallel lines seem to converge and disappear. Both illustrations on this page seems to have one vanishing point on the eye level.

Coming on to the main topic. However, there are different styles of perspective including single point, two point, three point, four point, five point and six point perspective. But in this article you’ll learn only one-point perspective as I will illustrate you from the basic only Step by Step ;). One point perspective is called so as it uses only one vanishing point to draw. It is the simplest form of perspective drawing. This means that the if you draw lines extending the edges of the objects that are parallel to each other, they will converge at this one point on the horizon line. The vanishing point is always located in the drawing itself, never out side the panel. The extensions of all the lines that are neither horizontal nor vertical at the single vanishing point.

The basic example below shows how to construct a simple single point perspective drawing of a station. Using the same skills more complex drawings/designs and even the figures can be drawn, just after a little practice.

onepoint perspective illustration

Lets’ get practical:

1) Draw a horizon line and center a vanishing point.

2) Draw a square or rectangle off to the side of the vanishing point, overlapping the horizon line.

3) Lightly draw “visual rays” from the vanishing point through the edges of your object.

4) Then draw the vertical lines of the back of the object using the rays as a measure.

The following drawing of a railway station has been made by me to make you more understandable. It has one point perspective as it contains only one vanishing point on the horizon line. This type of perspective can also be typically used for images of roads, railway tracks, hallways, or buildings as if that the front is directly facing the viewer. Any objects that are made up of lines either directly parallel with the viewer’s line of sight or directly perpendicular can be represented with one-point perspective. These parallel lines converge at the vanishing point.

one point perspective description

Final Picture:

one point perspective example

If you intend to make a career out of drawing or anything creative, you must learn things now so that you will be able to draw without any problem in future. You don’t need to get too much involved in perspective theory but it is good to know for your knowledge and enhance your skills in drawing. Even if drawing is more a hobby for you, knowing about perspective will only help you to do better and more realistic drawings. 🙂 🙂

That all for today.. Take Care 🙂

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