By Matt Fussell

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What is "One Point Perspective"? One Point Perspective is a type of linear perspective. Credit is given to Renaissance artist Filippo Brunelleschi for developing the type of One Point Perspective used by artists today. One Point Perspective helps artists create the illusion of space on a two-dimensional surface. It is one of the six techniques an artist can use to create the illusion of space.

One Point Perspective assumes that a viewer is at a certain vantage point and that there is a" horizon line" present. The" horizon line" can best be described as the line that divides the ground from the sky. A dot placed on the horizon is called the "vanishing point". This dot can best be thought of as the place where objects begin to disappear because of distance. Some of the lines used in One Point Perspective will use the "vanishing point" as an anchor.

One Point Perspective Video Demonstration...

Begin one point perspective by drawing a horizon line.

The next step in one point perspective is to place a vanishing point on the horizon line.

Next, draw a box to represent the building that you want to draw in perspective.

Now, draw lines from all four corners back to the vanishing point.

Next, draw a smaller box that touches each of the lines that you drew in the previous step.

Now you can erase the lines that you no longer need to reveal a 3D form.

You can also add a form on the other side of the vanishing point.

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Three Point Perspective

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