Two-Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Anne Butler

Anne has a bachelor's in K-12 art education and a master's in visual art and design. She currently works at a living history museum in Colorado.

Have you ever stood on a street corner and looked at one end of the street and then the other? Did the buildings look smaller farther away? What you were observing is called two-point perspective. This lesson will show you how to create a simple two-point perspective drawing.

What Is Two-Point Perspective?

Two-point perspective occurs when you can see two vanishing points from your point of view. Two-point perspective drawings are often used in architectural drawings and interior designs; they can be used for drawings of both interiors and exteriors. Some famous artists who used two-point perspective were Jan Vermeer and William Hogarth. Hogarth's The Marriage Contract shows two-point perspective while displaying a lively scene of people planning their children's futures.

Creating a Drawing in Two-Point Perspective

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Pencil (any brand will do)
  • Paper
  • Ruler (at least 12 inches)
  • Eraser

1. Using your ruler, decide where on your paper you want your vanishing points to be. Your vanishing points are the two points on your paper where you can no longer see your buildings. Use your ruler to line them up. They should be directly across from each other.

2. Place your ruler underneath your two vanishing points and connect them. This will be your horizon line, where your sky and the land come together. Don't make the line too dark, as you will be erasing it as your drawing progresses.

Steps 1 and 2
Perspective

3. Place a line perpendicular to your horizon line. This will be the corner of your first building.

Step 3
step 3

4. From the top of your second line, measure a length of line. This will be the top of one side of your building. Angle this line towards one vanishing point. If your line is on the left, angle your line towards the left vanishing point. If your line is on the right, angle it towards the right vanishing point. Do the same for the other three lines (top and bottom of each side of the building).

5. Join the lines together. This is your first building. Erase the horizon line inside your building.

Steps 4 and 5
4 and 5

6. For your second building, draw a straight line jutting up from the top of your first building, about in the middle of one side.

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