Linear Perspective Drawing Lesson Series [3 of 6] – One Point Perspective Definition

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Hi and welcome back to the third lesson in this series on how to draw perspective.

Just as a quick recap, in the previous lessons, we cover the different elements of perspective such as vanishing points, horizon line, eye level, the picture plane, cone of vision, and a lot more.

If you missed those lessons, be sure to click on the link below to watch them now:

Perspective Lesson 1 – Introduction To  Drawing Perspective

Perspective Lesson 2 – Elements of A Perspective Drawing

So there are basically 3 main types of perspective. There’s one point perspective, two point perspective, and three point perspective. There is much to say about each type of perspective, for now, we will have to narrow

In this lesson, we are going to cover what exactly one point perspective is and how it works.

One Point Perspective Example

What Is One Point Perspective?

One point perspective means that you only have one vanishing point in a perspective drawing.  One thing to note about one point perspective is that one can only draw an object in 1-point if that object is near (or at the middle of) the observer’s field of vision. If the object begin to stray too far outside the observer’s center of vision, the object will begin to appear in two point or three point perspective.

(For a detail explanation of how 1 point perspective works as well as several examples, please refer to the video above.)

In tomorrow’s video, we are going to go through a drawing exercise and show you how to draw one point perspective. 

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11 Comments

  • Ellie

    Reply Reply January 9, 2017

    Ethan,excellent! But I have difficulty knowing where to put the vanishing points and end up with queerlooking perspective.

    • Ethan Nguyen

      Reply Reply January 17, 2017

      One common reason for a weird looking drawing is because the vanishing points are too close together. It causes the drawing to look distorted. I would guess that is your problem. Try placing the vanishing points much further apart. You can even place them off the drawing paper.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply August 19, 2015

    The third lesson in perspective is a little repetitive. Otherwise enjoyable

    • Thanks for the feedback. I’ll keep that in mind when I re-make this series. I do have a tendency to be to repetitive and give out too much details. I’ve been working on scripting out my videos so I can make everything much more clear and concise.

  • Kirk Howland

    Reply Reply June 5, 2015

    Thank you for this lesson. The illustrations are great examples.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 4, 2015

    Hi I was wondering in this last tutorial how you establishes where the vanishing point was on the left of the drawing. Thanks COLLEEN

  • Christine

    Reply Reply December 16, 2014

    Thank you Ethan, I know you explained this very well but I find my self struggling to really grasp it. I hope I will be able to get a good grasp on it?

  • Malca Bassan

    Reply Reply October 23, 2014

    Thank you very much for such good explanaciones both typed and spoken in addition to the illustrations used.
    Good work!

  • Jewdith

    Reply Reply February 1, 2014

    Thank you very much. Have a nice day.

  • sr

    Reply Reply December 26, 2013

    Hi thank you for the info great video. i have a question.. when you take about the vanishing point in min 1:48 where is the person located?? am a bit confused is he on the opposite side of the vanishing point?… thanks

  • sr

    Reply Reply December 26, 2013

    Hi thank you for the info great video. i have a question.. when you take about the vanishing point in min 1:48 where is the person located?? am a bit confused is he on the opposite side of the vanishing point?… thanks

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