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THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

Having always admired the creative works of artists, you want to give it a try. You want to know how to create amazing pieces of and get the opportunity to express your ideas. You have to start from somewhere, and you pick on perspective drawing. What is it, and what are the various types? This guide will help you find out and master some basics.

 Perspective Drawing; What Does It Mean?

Before increasing your knowledge in perspective drawing, let’s talk about what it means? When you have a flat drawing, painting, or any image and want to give it a 3D feel, you will employ perspective. Therefore, when you talk of perspective drawing, you refer to a technique used to show spatial depth. You can use it in drawing 3D objects on to a 2D surface,

Also, when perspective is used in art, you will see that the farther you are from objects, the smaller and closer they will appear to be. Therefore, it is no surprise to see the system in many paintings, sketches, and drawings. It helps create a certain idea in the mind of a viewer. Plus, as a beginner in drawing, you will find this technique very important and fundamental. You want the scenes and images you create to be as realistic and believable as possible? Then you should know this fundamental technique and its rules. It will help you create a particular illusion.

However, what are the different types of perspectives you can apply to make your images appear three-dimensional? Keep reading to find out.

Types Of Perspective

There are different types of perspective drawing. The typical ones include; 1-point perspective, 2-point perspective, and 3-point perspective. They are broadly discussed below.

1 Point Perspective

1-point perspective has a single vanishing point, making it the simplest type, hence easy to learn. In this type of perspective drawing, there is a point where the lines converge, usually at the center of your drawing. This point is known as the vanishing point. Also, there is a single line, the horizon line, placed at the actual horizon of your drawing. You can place the vanishing point anywhere on the horizon line. When it is at the center, the drawing will appear balanced. Additionally, the horizon line represents the viewer’s eye level when he or she looks at the drawing.

Therefore, the concept used in this type of perspective is that in a drawing, the lines and shapes can be located to the horizon line and the vanishing point. With the two references, you can create drawings that appear real and convincing. So, where can you apply this type of perspective?

You can use a 1-point perspective when you draw objects that are directly facing you.

2 Point Perspective

Unlike the 1-point perspective, which has one vanishing point, the 2-point perspective has two. Furthermore, the vanishing points are placed at the right and left of the drawing.  When the vanishing points on the horizon line are moved in this type of perspective, the distance between them should remain constant. When talking of this type of perspective, you can have a more dynamic experience than a 1-point perspective. 

When can you apply this type of perspective? You can use it to draw an object at an angle. Suppose you are drawing a room with a lot going on; you can choose an object to focus on. Use a 2-point perspective to show it as the dominant item. Plus, whenever you want to draw a box-like object or any item that can be arranged in a geometric structure, you can use a 2-point perspective.

However, is there any importance of learning this type of perspective? As a beginner who wants to be skillful as an artist, you can do yourself good by learning this method. It will help you identify the angles made by the sides of objects. Plus, you will be in a position to draw them in the right manner and more accurately. It will help you draw geometric objects in a way that appears so real.

3 Point Perspective

This type of perspective has three vanishing points.  Also, it is not very commonly used because of its complexity. In it, the first and second vanishing points are located on the horizon line. However, the third vanishing point is placed either above or under the horizon line. So, where can you apply this type of perspective drawing?

If you are drawing a building when viewing it from either a low or high eye level, you will use this method. Therefore, in 3-point perspective, the viewer will have to look down or up from the eye level. If you want the impression to be that of looking down on the object, the line should be high on or off the page. On the other hand, for the impression of looking up, place the horizon line low on your page, with the third vanishing point above it.

Simplifying Perspective Drawing

As a beginner, you wouldn’t want to go through complex and complicated steps to achieve the drawing or image you desire, would you? However, over time, you can know how to maneuver your way around and even the secrets to creating an awesome perspective drawing. Before you get to that level, you should have a structure to follow and apply in any type of perspective drawing. 

A secret that can help make the whole process easy is being flexible with the basic forms. What does that mean? You should be in a position to draw them in any angle and position throughout the 3-dimensional space you have. Remember, your creativity plays a role too, don’t be scared to express yourself. 

How we can help

Artwork can create certain impressions I the eyes or minds of viewers. You can use different techniques to achieve this. One of them is perspective drawing. This is an important method for artists to imply different things. Therefore, as a beginner, you should have some basics.

Thankfully, we have many tutorials on perspective drawing available for free on this site. This article helps you know the meaning and the types. Practicing with our free tools will help you learn faster; keep doing it.

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