Drawing in Perspective – One Point Perspective Primitive Shapes


How to Draw Primitive Shapes in One Point Perspective

First of all if you have not watched the previous video on One Point Perspective with Boxes, I would watch that first BEFORE proceeding with this video.  Of course, if you are not a beginner but just feel like watching some interesting videos then by all means proceed.

Purpose of Exercise:

What is the purpose of this exercise?  The purpose is to allow your brain to comprehend the basic shapes and get used to these shapes in one point perspective. You want to create a sort of muscle memory between the analytical part of your brain(left side hemisphere) and the creative side(right side hemisphere).  It’s always a little painful at the beginning because you are also fighting your internal feelings of “I am not good at this” which has a direct impact on the very process of drawing.  We will definitely dive into this subject and how your mind plays “tricks” on you when trying to draw.

One point perspective drawing is pretty easy.  At least understanding the basic principles of one point perspective drawing is easy.  What can you draw? Simple…you can draw buildings, streets, cities, simple landscapes, a room, tables, anything you can think of can be drawn in one point perspective radiating from the single vanishing point.  After drawing boxes, which can get tremendously boring after a while, I would encourage you to explore different shapes.  What shapes?

This is where a little bit of imagination needs to take place.  As you stare at that blank sheet of white paper, you can do a few things:

1.  Keep Staring at it

2.  Start Drawing boxes again

3.  Pick up an Object and break it down to basic shapes

I’d go for Option 3 in case you want to do all the above.  Now because I  don’t want to intimidate you with my carefully calibrated arm to the point of demoralizing you because I can draw perfect lines, I am going use a scale for this demo.

So here is what you need to do from a STEP by STEP perspective (pun intended)

Step By Step:

1.  Use 8.5 X 11 sheet of blank paper

2.  Draw your Horizontal Horizon Line – Definition – the boundary between the earth and sky the viewer sees at eye level

3.  Add a vanishing point to the center of the horizon line

4.  Start with a basic square or rectangular object and connect each corner of the object back the vanishing point

5.  Take any basic object and try to interpret that object in it’s most basic shape.

6.  Start building on the shape by adding more primitive shapes on top of each shape

7.  Darken the lines to emphasize the silhouette of the shape.

If you have any questions about this video, please comment below and let me know what you think.  If you have any other suggestions for video topics, definitely contact me.