“A mathematical system for representing three-dimensional objects and space on a two-dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that are drawn vertically and horizontally and that radiate from one point on a horizon line…”
One point perspective is a drawing technique that makes objects appear to be smaller as they get further away, coming together at a singular vanishing point on the horizon line. It conveys a sense of depth in an image, and brings 3 dimension to a drawing on a 2d surface.
One point perspective is particularly effective when used to draw subjects that are being seen face-on, when looking down something long – such as a road in a city – and when drawing room interiors.
A good place to start learning one point perspective is by drawing cubes. I decided to follow this video, which I found through the studentartguide website.
As I watched this video, I followed the instructions given to create the cubes, and made notes for me to reference back to. I repeated each square placement twice, once as I followed the video and once after to ensure I understood the process, and what each placement produced in terms of shapes. I also used more rectangular shapes the second time around, just to see how the length and width of the square affected the outcome.
After getting to grips with that, I drew out some simple scenes inspired by 2 of the places I will be drawing: Diagon Alley and Hobbiton. While drawing my initial trial boxes, I thought one point perspective would be effective to use to create Diagon Alley. I still believe this to be true, but I am going to have to find a happy place to put my horizon line so that the road doesn’t seem too long, and be able to warp and bend the buildings and road to give them a more whimsical feel.
I also made a small list of thoughts and conclusions I made at the bottom of the page.
I intend to come back to this technique at a later point to refine the skill and use it to create Diagon Alley. I definitely need to look into this more in-depth to be able to create the landscape I am envisioning. I began experimenting more with the knowledge I gained from that single video and produced this, proving to me that I really do need to come back to this at a later date.
I really don’t like these two images – they’re too boxy and clean-cut to be a vision of Diagon Alley. Perhaps some study of actual alleyways and some more research into one point perspective will point me in the right direction.
Circle Line Art School (2016). How To Draw Using 1-Point Perspective. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrKohWdpeQ (Accessed 12 Apr. 2017)
Dictionary.com (2017). the definition of one-point perspective. [online] Available at: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/one-point-perspective (Accessed 12 Apr. 2017)
Gale, A. (2017). One Point Perspective Drawing: The Ultimate Guide. [online] Student Art Guide. Available at: http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing (Accessed 12 Apr. 2017)
Student Art Guide (2014). How to draw a cube in 1 point perspective. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrLBNYA_KNE (Accessed 12 Apr. 2017)