How to Draw a Building in 2-Point Perspective: Step by Steps

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Apr 13, 2019


How to Draw a Building in 2-Point Perspective: Step by Steps
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  • Hi, Tom here in this week's Circle Line Art School video I'll show you one way to
  • draw a building in two point perspective step by step,
  • when drawing perspective we need to draw a horizontal line for the horizon which
  • represents the farthest distance that we can see, next for two-point perspective
  • we need to draw two vanishing points as far apart as possible from each other
  • and on the horizon line, these vanishing points will be the points where parallel
  • lines look that they meet, if they were to recede from us, the next step in this
  • drawing is to draw a short vertical line above the horizon line in the middle,
  • near the middle, of your page, this will be the corner of the first building, the
  • first building block, next draw the sides of this top part of the building, draw
  • two lines to the right vanishing point and two lines to the left vanishing
  • point for the right-hand side and the left-hand side of the cuboid, now we can
  • draw two vertical lines between these two diagonal lines going to the
  • vanishing points on either side,
  • next for the underneath of this cuboid, as we're looking up at it, we can draw a
  • diagonal line from the bottom right vertical line to the vanishing point on
  • the left and then another line from the bottom left vertical line to the
  • vanishing point on the right, now we have a cuboid, a box shape that we're looking
  • up at, next we can repeat this process of drawing a cuboid in two point
  • perspective, but with a new vertical line, a new corner line of the cuboid and
  • this time to the left, slightly to the left, of the first vertical line that we drew,
  • again use the two vanishing points to find the side angles of this building
  • block, which is smaller than the first block, first building block that we drew
  • at the top, this new cuboid has the horizon line
  • going through it, which means that we're looking up at it at the top part of the
  • cuboid the block, but we're looking down at it at the bottom part of the cuboid,
  • because anything below the horizon line was looking down at, anything on the
  • horizon line we're looking straight out, so above the horizon I'm looking up,
  • below the horizon line we're looking down and if we're looking straight to
  • the horizon line our eyes are looking straight ahead,
  • now we can repeat a new block again starting this time with a vertical line
  • to the right of our first vertical line that we drew in this drawing,
  • for this building to make the bottom block much bigger than
  • the top block, so it's not top-heavy
  • so choose to draw the vertical lines to show where the edge of this
  • block happen on the left and the right, I'll choose these lines far away from us,
  • so that they are near the vanishing points that will make a bigger cuboid,
  • next we could draw a rectangle in perspective on the top cuboid using
  • our vanishing point on the left,
  • and then by using the vanishing point on the right we can give it a little bit of
  • depth as well, so it makes it look like an insert,
  • you could add more 3d structures to your building using the same process, the same
  • two point perspective, so that they work, so that they look 3d,
  • make sure that all the vertical lines that you add stay vertical to each other
  • and all of the diagonal lines, as long as they're parallel shapes, need to go
  • either to the left or the right vanishing point, depending if they're
  • going towards the left or towards the right,
  • so for example the sides of a cuboid that are going away from us,
  • they will go towards the vanishing point, because they are parallel, the sides of a
  • cuboid are parallel and they'll be going to the left, if they are going in that direction,
  • they'll be going to the left vanishing point and if they're going to the right
  • direction they'll be going to the right vanishing point
  • and then if we have several cuboids all together, if all of the cuboids are
  • parallel to each other, we just use the two vanishing points, next in the
  • foreground we can add some steps, draw a line from the right vanishing point all
  • the way across to the left, then where it crosses the baseline of the base cuboid
  • draw a vertical line on the left hand surface of the base cuboid, now we can
  • draw another vertical line nearby, we can use the left vanishing point to mark
  • out the angle of the steps and then one more line from the right vanishing point
  • to make a rectangular base for our steps in two-point perspective in the
  • foreground we can now draw another line halfway up the two vertical lines that
  • we've just drawn this time going towards the left vanishing point
  • and then we can draw a new diagonal line to show the angle of the steps, just
  • choose the angle that you wish we could extend this new diagonally up through
  • the surface of the base of the cuboid if you want
  • and then draw another rectangle at the top surface of this cuboid in two-point
  • perspective, once you have that in place or something similar, so that you've got
  • a shape to place the steps and a diagonal on which to draw them, just
  • divide the sloping line, this diagonal line into a series of evenly spaced
  • steps and all of these lines will be going away from us in two point
  • perspective, they're only going in one direction, so we're going to use the
  • left-hand vanishing point for all of them,
  • when the steps are in place we can add the rises of the steps, the vertical
  • lines of the steps and that creates a sort of zigzag shape on the edges of
  • steps and then you should have some simple
  • steps going up to our building,
  • now these diagonal lines won't be going to left, they'll be going towards the
  • right vanishing point because they're going in that direction,
  • I think I'll extend some of the lines at the corners in this drawing, so it looks
  • more like a sketch, you could just add some simple shading to your drawing
  • using just two tonal values, for this drawing I'm using a 4b pencil, you could
  • make a dark tonal value for the parts we're looking up at and then maybe a
  • mid-tone for all the parts of the building which are on the right, you
  • could add some diagonal shading, graded shading, sort of going from dark to light
  • to dark to light, for the windows, there may be some reflective shading on the
  • ground, just repeating some of the shapes above at a softer tonal value lower down,
  • to make it look a bit like a reflection, thank you very much for watching this
  • drawing, I hope you find it useful for your own drawing, I post a new video
  • every week, please visit my website www.circlelineartschool.com to learn more, thanks
  • for watching and see you next time:)

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