How to Draw 1-Point Perspective: Train Tracks, Train and Platform: Narrated

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Mar 30, 2019


How to Draw 1-Point Perspective: Train Tracks, Train and Platform: Narrated
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  • Hi, Tom here, in this week's video I'll show you one way to draw a train track
  • and a train in one point perspective, first draw a horizontal line across the
  • middle of your page, this is the horizon line, the height of the eye of the viewer
  • in one-point perspective, next draw a cross in the center of this line and
  • this will be the vanishing point, the vanishing point is the point where parallel
  • lines, that are going away from us, will look that they meet, next draw two
  • diagonal lines to the left for the rails of the train track,
  • now draw a series of horizontal lines with bigger gaps as they get closer to us,
  • we now have our first train track in one-point perspective,
  • we can now draw another train track to the left, in the same way
  • as the first train track, draw two track rails and then we can copy some of the
  • sleepers or ties from the first train track to the new track, just sort of
  • reading them across from the right to the left,
  • next draw two vertical lines from one of the train track ties, this will be for
  • the front of the train, I would make the top vertical line for the train higher
  • than the horizon line, so it goes up,
  • now we can erase the horizon line here, as we need the train to be in front of
  • the horizon, therefore the horizon is not necessary in this point,
  • next we can add some basic shapes to the front of the train engine, again using
  • the vanishing point to find all of the side lines that are going away from us,
  • this train is based on an Indian engine and it has quite a box-like shape,
  • but you could design your own engine front for your own train,
  • now we can divide the back lines of the train into a series of carriages,
  • basically draw a gap between two carriages several times, a vertical line with a curve,
  • and these gaps get smaller and closer together as they recede from us,
  • going towards the vanishing point,
  • we could divide the side of the train into a series of windows and add some small
  • details to the train engine too,
  • we need some space for the wheels, but the wheels are not very visible, you can
  • just imply them, they're sort of hidden,
  • next we can add more detail to the train,
  • and then once you're ready and you've got as much detail as you would like,
  • we could add some tone, you could add some tonal values, for this drawing I'm going to
  • have the sun, the light source, on the left, although I'm not going to draw the
  • sun, but that's the direction of the light, which means the shadows will be
  • going towards the right,
  • remember to leave a gap between each shadow of each train carriage or car and
  • that should work quite well, now we can draw another train on the right, this
  • time I'll make it so the train is near us, but we start with a diagonal line
  • from the vanishing point again, because all of these train tracks are parallel
  • to each other and they're all going away from us and we're looking straight ahead
  • into the centre of the picture,
  • we can read across the size of the train from the first train, so in perspective
  • if something isn't further away or closer by, but is just side by side, we
  • can just read that across with a horizontal line at the base,
  • in one-point perspective, if something, for example a train carriage, is a
  • certain height, we can copy that height to another part of the picture, just by
  • moving it left or right, but if something becomes closer, we need to make it bigger,
  • and then if it's further away, clearly it needs to get smaller and we do that by
  • using the vanishing point as our guide lines and drawing two lines from the
  • vanishing point, two diagonal lines, to the top and bottom of the height of the
  • thing that we're doing and then anything that wants to be the same height, as long
  • as it's between those two diagonal lines, will be in perspective
  • in this drawing I'll make the tonal values quite strong on the train,
  • we could shade in these gaps between the carriages on the right,
  • to add a door remember the vertical sides of the door or any vertical lines
  • need to be, they need to stay vertical and not lean to the left or the right, so
  • I tend to look at the edge of the paper or another vertical line that's already
  • in the drawing and just copy that vertical line,
  • the next stage in this drawing to add some windows to the train as
  • these windows on the right of closer than the windows on left we could add a
  • little bit more detail to them, we could add some shadows inside the windows and
  • maybe some bars on the windows too,
  • you could add some darker tonal values to the train if you want,
  • as I want this drawing to look like it's a very light and bright day, I need to make the areas
  • of the shadow quite dark, next we can add some people to the platform, the train
  • platform, which is a triangular shape between the trains,
  • first read across their height horizontally from the train door, that
  • would be useful, in this way we can be confident that the first person that we
  • draw, if they walked to the train, if they didn't walk towards us and didn't walk
  • away, but just walked directly towards the train door, they would sort of fit in
  • the door, there'd be the right proportion to fit in the door,
  • I will draw three people I think wearing clothes of draped fabric, as the light is
  • on the left we can add some shadows on the right, some cast shadows on the right,
  • once you have the first people we can
  • draw more people further away, first draw a line from the feet and head of the
  • first person that you have already drawn and draw these two lines, these diagonal
  • lines all the way to our vanishing point on the horizon, any person will be in
  • perspective with the first person, if they are between these two diagonal lines,
  • that's the easiest way to find out how to draw people in perspective,
  • once you have some people train platform we could draw a vertical
  • structure, a column, in the middle of our drawing, in the middle of the platform,
  • for this column we could make some structural shapes towards the top of the
  • column, to hold up a roof above the platform, so once you have some
  • structural shapes, for this drawing I'm just going to draw some triangles and
  • circles and make them symmetrical so the same on left and the right,
  • then we could use our vanishing point to find the edges of the platform roof,
  • again, because it's in parallel to all of the other lines which are in parallel to us,
  • again we could add some structural lines to the platform roof
  • and then for my drawing I will shade in and make it quite dark, for this drawing
  • I'm using a 4b pencil, there are many ways to draw, if you'd like to be the
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  • about the new courses that I make, for this drawing I think I'll add a shadow
  • cast from the platform roof onto the platform, which is below, but because the
  • lights coming from the left I'll shift the shadow
  • towards the right and put the shadow on the side of the Train on the right as well,
  • I hope you like this video and find it useful for your own drawings, if so
  • please leave a comment and suggest what drawings you'd like to see next,
  • I read all the comments I receive, thank you very much for your support:)
  • keep drawing and see you next time with another drawing challenge!

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Circle Line Art School: Episode #331:How to Draw in 1-Point Perspective for Beginners: Train, Track and Platform Step by Step

The first step is to draw a horizontal line halfway up your page, next draw a across on the right of your horizontal line, this will be the vanishing point for this 1-point perspective drawing. All parallel lines going towards the vanishing point will look like they meet at the vanishing point, if you extended the lines all the way to the horizon.

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