One Point Perspective Drawing

A technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface.

step 1

Draw horizon line (a horizontal line) across the middle of paper laid out in landscape format.

step 2

Mark a vanishing point (one point) in the center of the line.

step 3

Draw a 2” x 2” square below the horizon line and to the right of the
vanishing point.

step 4

Mark dots on the corners that can connect to the vanishing point without intersecting through the square.

step 5

In pencil, connect dots from square to vanishing point using a ruler to draw orthogonal lines (diagonal lines).

step 6

Use a ruler to create parallel lines. Line ruler up with left side of square. With a pencil, trace left side of ruler in between orthogonal lines.

step 7

Place ruler on top-side of square and slide up to the point on vertical drawn in step 6. Draw line horizontally in pencil within the orthogonal lines.

step 8

Erase extra length of orthogonal lines not needed for cube.

Variation

step 1

Complete Steps 1 and 2 from “One Point Perspective Drawing” Instructions. Trace a 2” x 2” square below the horizon line and to the left of the vanishing point.

Step 2

Use ruler to draw orthogonal lines with a pencil, connecting corners from square to vanishing point.

Step 3

Place a 1” x 1” square template in top right hand corner of 2” square.

Step 4

Slowly slide the template up the orthogonal line towards the vanishing point until the three corners of 1” square touch orthogonal lines.

Step 5

Trace the top and right side of the 1” square in pencil.

Step 6

Erase extra length of orthogonal lines not needed for cube.

Step 7

 

Art Making

Ruler (a transparent ruler is helpful to be
able to see what you are drawing)
9”x12” paper
Pencil
Eraser
Two different sized square templates
1” x 1” and 2” x 2”