Drawing in Perspective

Two-point perspective drawing.
Two-point perspective drawing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember the first time I learned to draw in perspective. Up until then my sketches had a two-dimensional feel to them: they were simple and I never really believed that I could be an artist. As many children do, I had spent many afternoons whiling away the time with pencils and paper. But I had never created a piece of art worthy to be labelled as such.

A group of us were seated in front of the instructor and we were to draw a simple briefcase.  We all laughed nervously when we were told that we would be able to produce a drawing worthy to be part of a design package. We were all adults, teachers who had enrolled in a module to learn to teach Design and Technology. We were used to holding pieces of chalk in our hands – not lead pencils.

With our instructor’s guidance, we began our drawing: simple lines that slowly became shaped to what we were seeing in front of us. We were drawing out the theory of perspective drawing that we had learned earlier. It was unbelievable to me that, with the correct knowledge, we were all able to create a drawing that reflected reality. Not only did we learn how to draw in perspective; but we also learned how to render the image with different shades of colour.

Have you tried to draw in perspective?

(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by The Gypsy Mama. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Perspective)

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36 thoughts on “Drawing in Perspective

  1. I did learn this skill as a kid in school, but it wasn’t till I got The Drawing Textbook for homeschooling that I saw how much of good drawing is learned skill rather than just raw talent. If I remember correctly, the author said a lot of us grow up “illiterate” as to these things, and for that reason think we have no art ability. Interesting.

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    1. That is exactly what I felt as I was learning to draw in perspective. It is so sad that children are no longer exposed to this skill at school. It might encourage them to enjoy another pastime besides watching tv or playing on the computer.

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  2. You are amazing dear Colline. I can almost understand you. To be honest, I never liked to draw something in perspective 🙂 I don’t know why… but always I did what came from my hand… 🙂 You can’t believe but once I remember, I made a wonderful rainy day oil painting… There was a horse car with ladies but it was a rainy day… Anyway, there was an old friend who died a few years ago, he saw my painting and he found it beautiful especially the rain effect! But he smiled and said, “But nia I am afraid your horse car can’t go!”… 🙂 I noticed that my wheels were not circle well… I smiled too. I am same in drawing perspective, my lovely son, he always warns me about this, he had an education in architecture! So what I say for this drawing experiences would be wrong from me. 🙂 Thank you dear Colline, love, nia

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    1. I am sure thought that you enjoyed creating that painting. And sometimes that is what creating is all about: immersing oneself in the joy of painting/drawing/making something that is in one’s head. I guess that is the difference between an architect and an artist – the artist feels that at times he can bend the rules a little 🙂

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  3. I haven’t done this since I was a kid. I would love to find the time to draw again. I always found much joy and peace while sketching in my younger years. Only if there were more hours in the day…or if I was better organized 🙂 Good for you!

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    1. This experience was about a year before my daughter was born. Since then I have not picked up a pencil. I see my daughter drawing now with enthusiasm and I feel I want to join her and continue with my drawing adventure.

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  4. This was the first lesson I had in my architecture class in college and I loved it! I can’t believe that was almost 30 years ago! OMG! I just realized how old I’m getting. Thanks Colline!

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  5. I think once you start learning perspective, then everything you draw will be that way. I’ve been drawing for years, and after awhile it just becomes second nature. Looking forward to seeing some of your work. 🙂

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    1. I have not drawn for many years now – but I think I will take it up again as my daughter has an interest and it would be something we could do together. Then I will definitely show you 🙂

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  6. When I was young – 11 – my favorite animal to draw was horses. I would spend hours sketching and trying to get it right. My mom and grandmother were true artists – their work was beautiful. My mom always tried to teach me to start with those circles, but I wanted to enjoy the drawing part rather than making circles. If I had followed her instruction, I might be better at drawing! Later as I grew, I really did enjoy drawing buildings and objects with dimension. But drawing is now low on my priority list. If I had time I would probably sew…something I haven’t done for a long time as well!

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    1. Your comment makes me think of my daughters’ wish to have longer weekends, and shorter work weeks. If only – then we would have time to do fun and creative things like drawing, sewing, baking, scrapbooking, writing ….. the list is endless!

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  7. Great post Colline, as usual 🙂
    We had learnt drawing these in our physics classes when were to study crystals and lattices, and I remember how tough it was till we practised….but I think if I try to draw them now, won’t get a single one correctly !!!

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  8. You have an artist’s soul with so much talents to offer. Impressive work. I also draw but pretty much about whatever that comes into my mind. I tried abstract painting before, then about the beautiful Island women, mostly women in my family that inspired me through the years. I wish you all the best…

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    1. My daughter enjoys drawing and I look forward to the holidays when we can experiment together. I never took art at school, but I think I would enjoy this time with her.

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    1. Sometimes all we need is to learn the skills. I remember the first time I drew in perspective – I could not believe I was capable of producing what I did.

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    1. As an adult I find I am unable to do many of the things I enjoyed when younger. Now I watch my daughter wield a pencil (though she is much better at it than I am).

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