Learning to draw in two-point perspective is easy and fun! With just a little bit of practice, you can draw amazing houses, buildings, and cities in perspective. 2 point perspective can also help you to draw everyday objects as well. Once you understand how orthogonal lines recede into the distance and where to put in your points on the horizon line, you will be able to draw so many amazing things. Let’s get started!
Perspective is one of the first things I teach my drawing students. Essentially, perspective drawing is the ability to use a mathematical system to make drawings on two-dimensional surfaces appear as if they are receding into the distance. When you understand linear perspective, you will be able to draw houses and all types of architecture realistically.
There are just a couple of things to keep in mind before you begin your two-point perspective drawing.
Here is a simple slide show tutorial on 2 point perspective.
Supplies: Paper, ruler, pencil, eraser, good attitude.
A little History: Pre-Renaissance perspective vs. Renaissance perspective
Prior to the Italian Renaissance, it is believed that Greeks and Romans must have had some form of perspective in order to achieve such architectural success. However, that knowledge was lost during the dark ages. It took the architect Filipo Brunelleschi to re-discover the lost mathematical system that we now know as linear perspective.
Prior to the Renaissance, artists would often depict imagery without concern for actual reality or perspective. They would draw people according to their importance, with the most important people being the largest and the least important being the smallest. In the painting, Madona Enthroned by Giotto di Bondoneyou can see that the Madona is much larger than the rest of the figures. This is due to her importance, not perspective. This method was also used in Ancient Egyptian paintings. The Egyptians would divide their hieroglyphic paintings into levels, and use the same method of sizing figures based on hierarchy. Also, notice in that in both images there is very little distance behind the figures. Spatial concerns were not considered.
Compare those two images to the Renaissance painting, The School of Athens (1509-1511) by Raphael. In this painting, you can see a dominant architectural aspect to the background with orthogonal lines going back to a single point. The use of linear perspective gives the painting a sense of depth and atmosphere unseen in prior times. See the images below with examples of The School of Athens with orghogonal lines indicated.
Now that you understand two-point perspective, just imagine all the things you can draw! Quite litterally, the sky is the limit! Have fun and make lots of drawings. The best way to become a good artist is to make lots of art.
This presentation is for art eduational purposes and is free to use and download. If you liked this tutorial, you may also like to check out drawing in three-point perspective HERE.
Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, Over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!