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How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid Tutorial

Two Point Perspective Grid Tutorial | Video Transcript

Today I’m going to show you how to draw a two point perspective grid and some illustration examples.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Step 1. Draw a horizon line across the page. At the bottom of the page, add several evenly distributed markers, as seen in red.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Step 2. Mark 2 vanishing points. Their location on the horizon line is chosen arbitrarily.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Step 3. Draw lines from the vanishing points to the red markers at the bottom of the page. Some of the red markers extend beyond the page in order to draw a full perspective grid. Your basic grid is now complete.

Examples

Now I’ll show you some perspective drawing examples.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Example 1: This is how you draw a cube that starts below the horizon line and ends above the horizon line. Notice how you can see neither the top nor bottom surface of the shape.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Example 2: This is how you draw a cube that starts and ends below the horizon line. Notice how you can see the top surface of the shape.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Example 3: This is how you draw a cube that starts and finishes above the horizon line. Notice how you can see the bottom surface of the shape.

Example 4: This example will show you how to correctly illustrate foreshortening along a path leading toward the horizon. This is useful when drawing pillars, trees along a road, or a line of people.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Step 1: Draw a box extending to the horizon.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid
Step 2: Draw a line down the middle of the box.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid
Step 3: Draw a vertical line sectioning off the box. Inside this new box is where you would draw the trees, pillars, people etc.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid
Step 4: Draw a diagonal from the top left corner of the box through the point where the center line and the second vertical line intersect. Continue this diagonal until it hits the bottom of the box extending to the vanishing point. Draw another vertical line.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid

Step 5: Repeat the process until you have enough boxes.

How to Draw a Two Point Perspective Grid
Erase any unwanted lines. Notice how the boxes become skinnier. This is due to foreshortening.

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Tim van de Vall is a digital artist who specializes in cartooning and illustration. As a citizen of the Netherlands living in the United States, Tim’s artistic style has been influenced by both American and European comic strips. Much of Tim’s art is intended for kids and focuses on the themes of adventure, exploration and imagination. When he’s not working at his drawing table, Tim makes educational materials for his blog. You can find Tim on .