Fun with Two-Point Perspective

I am always looking for ways to show how 2-point perspective works to assist students in their understanding of this drawing method.  Here are two drawings I did to demonstrate how objects are drawn using the perspective lines from the 2 vanishing points which are located on the horizon line. The top image shows how this works with bird houses in different positions and the bottom image has several different objects, one above, one below and one on the horizon line.

37 responses to “Fun with Two-Point Perspective

  1. Tiffany Shaffery

    I absolutely love these! What a neat way to not only practice the two point-perspective, but hand sketching as well. And these are everyday things that I wouldn’t of considered using as examples.

  2. This is a really interesting post , I myself always struggle when attempting to draw anything from a two point perspective but now I know it should be easier if I use perspective lines. Thanks a lot !

    -April Powell

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    • Hello Jayson,
      I would interested in learning more about your blog and what you are publishing. I think knowing more would help me be more comfortable with your request. Thank you for asking – Stephanie

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  5. Lisa Mochalkin

    I love the bird houses. This two-point perspective seems so effortless. The guidelines help me recognize how you drew it and your steps in the process. This definitely helps me understand how to draw in two-point perspective.

  6. I really enjoyed seeing how the perspective points drawn and the horizon line really helped to develop the drawings and provide guidelines for each piece drawn. I think having these guidelines make it a lot easier for me to accomplish a drawing rather than just drawing free hand completely and eyeing it. I really liked the bird house example.

  7. Jacqueline Liberio

    Learning two point perspective has been my favorite part so far in hand drawing. The grid was something completely foreign to me when you first described it, but I love using it as a tool. The concept is something that really helps make drawings more realistic in terms of dimension from where the angle the audience is at.

    • So glad you are enjoying the two-point perspective grid and drawing process. Having tools like a perspective grid will give a boost to your knowledge and hand drawing skills.

  8. I love he look of 2 point perspective versus 1 point perspective, it just makes the drawing feel more alive and interesting. An those birdhouses just seem so playful drawn this way.

  9. I find this interesting seeing the different views based on elevation (horizon) of the view point. This would be fun to do a multi-view with the 2 point perspective 🙂

  10. Sharee Gaither

    I’m still learning to really use my guidelines from my perspective. Sometimes I tend to veer off of using my perspective in the correct way but I am getting a hang of things. I really admire how you use your 2-point perspective vanishing points. Your drawing are very clean and I love the details that have been added (textures, depth, etc).

    • Glad you are using guidelines to assist with your perspective drawing. I use them all the time in all my drawings. I like to lightly have pencil lines that block out the drawing before I start with marker.

  11. I love the bird houses. Lots of practice opportunities here. How do you decide the angle you draw the lines from the horizon line?

  12. This picture really captured my attention. I love, love, love it. To put it into other words I love that you can see the linear perspective of the objects. It’s kind of amazing that just switching a stroke or darkening a line can add so much more detail.

  13. These are so cool. My grandfather was an Architect and I remember being a little girl and him teaching me about perspective. I was nice reading this blog post, as it also brought back memories for me. I can’t wait to it practice myself!

    • Hello Ashley,
      Glad you are excited about learning more about drawing in perspective. There is a whole class on this, yea! Prof. Stephanie

  14. Heya this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if
    you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting
    a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to
    get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hello, there is no need to know any coding skills. I easily use wordpress that has set up the site and provided information and instructions for setting up and maintaining the blog.
      Have fun and hope you have great success. Stephanie

  15. Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice
    from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?

    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have
    any points or suggestions? Cheers

    • Hi, I suggest that you use Word Press as the host for your blog. I was able to figure out the steps to setting up the site and post a blog. I slowly learned the different areas that you can add information. Word Press has instructions that you can use as need.
      Yes! Start your own blog. Take care – Stephanie

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