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5 easy steps to Draw in 3 point perspective

Hello and welcome to this tutorial on 3 point perspective.

If you have been following this category, you will remember that we started with 1 and 2 point perspective. Click here to be redirected if you missed them. It would be easier for you to grasp the concept of 3 point perspective after having understood the previous ones.

This method is mostly used when the artist wants to express a sense of great depth or height, meaning the objects shown in the field of vision will be either very tall, to the point where the tops seem to disappear because the perspective lines seem to touch; or very low and the same principal would apply. We will be experimenting with both cases

Grab your favorite drawing materials and let’s get started.

For today’s tutorial we will use simple shapes to make the demonstration easier to understand.

Example 1

Using 3 point perspective to communicate height.

Step 1

The Horizon line and vanishing points

The horizon line shows the eye level of the viewer. It can be placed anywhere you desire based on your goal. The first 2 vanishing points will be placed on the horizon line and the 3rd one above it ( to communicate height) or below to communicate depth. In this example we will go for height.

Step 2

The guiding lines

They will determine the vertical sides of the object you intend to draw. As demonstrated in the example I used. You decide how wide or narrow you want it to be.

Step 3

The perspective lines

They will determine the outline for the object you intend to draw. They are especially useful when drawing buildings. The process here is similar to when drawing in 2 point perspective. Draw the lines starting from the 1st and 2nd point and allow them to cross at the positions you want the corners of your object to be. In the example, I circled those areas for emphasis. The 2nd and 3rd steps can be done in any order.

Step 4

Detailing

This is where you outline your object according to steps you took to set up its boundaries. If working digitally you will want to make this step in a new layer in order to make it easier for you to implement the final step. In the example below I added the perspective lines for the guiding lines that are hidden for the view.

Step 5

Cleaning

In the last step you remove the guiding and perspective lines. If working digitally this process can be done by removing the layer containing them. Otherwise you will have to just erase them.

Example 2

Using 3 point perspective to communicate depth.

The steps are basically the same as described in example 1. The difference lies in where you decide to place the 3rd perspective point. In this case it goes below the horizon line.

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