• Rich Banks

2 Point Perspective Tutorial

Quite a few people have been asking me to teach them or there kids how to draw, or just to give some tips on there drawing while we are in lockdown and unfortunately I don't have time to respond to each individually on top of my workload. However i did think it would be quite fun to share how I learnt to draw with you. So I'm going to create some semi-regular tutorials for you for the duration of the lockdown.


This first tutorial is a very basic box created in 2 point perspective. That might sound really pointless and tedious but it is a great place to start. The next few tutorials I release will all be based upon building box shapes in 2 point perspective which can then be turned into houses, cityscapes and comic book backgrounds.


For this tutorial you will need:


Paper, Pencil, Pencil Sharpener/Craft Knife, Eraser, Ruler/Straight Edge, Pen (with a fine nib, fineliner, biro, ballpoint pen etc)


Tips:


Keep your pencil sharp because that makes it easier to accurate.

Don't press down hard with the pencil, try to keep the lines as light as possible.


(I am going to digitally draw over my sketches to help you know which part you should be drawing as pencil can be hard to see on photographs)


Step 1.


Place your paper on the table in front of you in landscape format then, using your ruler or straight edge, draw a horizontal line across your page roughly a third of the way down from the top. This will be your horizon line. Then make a cross just in from the left edge of your page on the horizon line and the same on the right side. These will be your 2 vanishing points. You should have something that looks like this.



Everything you draw below the horizon line you will be looking down on and everything you draw above it you will be looking up at.


Step 2.


Draw a vertical guideline down your page slightly closer to the lefthand vanishing point than the right. This line represents the front corner of the box we are drawing.



Step 3.


Draw 2 crosses on the vertical guideline which will represent the front corners of your box.



Step 4.


Draw a guideline linking the lefthand vanishing point with the top cross you have drawn, then a guideline linking that cross with the righthand vanishing point. Then repeat for the bottom cross. These are going to form the top and bottom of your box. You should have something that looks like this



Step 5.


Draw a vertical line between the 2 horizontal lines you have just drawn on the left and the same on the righthand side. The vertical line on the left should be closer to the central vertical line than the one on the right. it should look like this.



Step 6.


Draw a line linking the top of the lefthand line you have just drawn with the righthand vanishing point. Then a line linking the top of the righthand vertical line with the lefthand vanishing point.



Step 7.


Now we have every side of the box drawn out all we have to do is outline it. So in pencil, draw over every line I have below.



I hope that made sense and you were able to follow it easily. In the next tutorial we will be turning this rectangle into a house in 2 point perspective. So you can either leave it and use it for the next tutorial, or go over it in pen but then you will have to re-draw it to start the next tutorial.

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