All About Perspective Drawing: Linear Perspective in Art

Perspective drawing

Linear perspective techniques are used by artists to give the illusion of distance and space to drawings and paintings. One-, two-, and three-point perspective all refer to the number of vanishing points in each category. Linear perspective is essential to master because without it, it’s easy to misjudge correct proportions.

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One point perspective

When there is only one vanishing point, that is referred to as 1 point perspective. One-point perspective involves a single vanishing point and the most common example of it is two parallel train tracks that appear to merge at a single vanishing point in the distance. This kind of perspective is easily recognized and drawn because of its simplicity. It is a common feature in films made by Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick.

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Two point perspective

Things get more complex when you add more vanishing points. Two-point perspective allows for the illusion of corners, and three-point perspective that you are seeing objects from above or below.

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Courtney Jordan

About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.