2 point perspective

theory topics


On this page are the steps for you to learn about and complete a 2 Point Perspective drawing.

  1. Model Answer
  2. What is a 2 Point Perspective drawing?
  3. How do I do my 2 Point Perspective?

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1 Model answer


Here is an example of a manual drawing from a Year 11 student. It shows correct set out, labels, dimensions, title box and 3rd Angle Orthogonal symbol.


manually drawn 2 point perspective (resoponse to 2001 vcaa vcd exam)


Here is a hand drawn 2 Point Perspective drawing I did for the 2007 VCAA exam in Visual Communication Design.



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2 What is a 2 Point perspective drawing?


You can download a pdf of the video below to help you construct this drawing.

Start by doing this drawing shown above. This will give you practice to create forms in 2 Point Perspective. Click on the picture to download the PDF of instructions.


A projection of 3d form on a 2d picture plane.


A 2 Point Perspective is a 3 dimensional drawing method used to represent form. It is different from a 'paraline' drawing because the receding lines converge at two points. This kind of projection is constructed with several components:

Watch the video below and practice forming boxes anywhere on your drawing sheet.


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3 how do I do my 2 Point Perspective?


start with a group of floating boxes


Your first exercise will be to draw the group of floating boxes shown in this video:




Watch this video and make a copy of the drawing as shown. The video goes onto show you how colour looks on different faces of the boxes. Keep this in mind when you are rendering you perspective drawings.


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Measuring in 2 pt perspective


The next step is to learn how to divide space in 2 Point Perspective. As the left and right 'horizontal' lines recede towards the vanishing points, we can't use a ruler to measure along them because things get smaller the closer we get to the vanishing points. To 'measure' we need to create proportions. We can divide space into halves using diagonal lines. To make smaller spaces, divide halves into quaters, and so on. Try the exercise shown in the video below. It shows how to make separate carriages from one long train in the correct proportions.



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