Teaching Thursday: Perspective Drawing

It’s time to gain some perspective. Ha! That was a terrible joke. But it doesn’t negate the fact that a solid understanding of perspective is essential to artists, even if you want to paint like Picasso. You need to know the rules before you can break them and these tutorials will give you a head start. Perspective drawing is definitely a skill I need to work on, so let’s go!

One Point Perspective Drawing by Student Art Guide

Student Art Guide is an indispensably valuable resource for young artists that I stumbled across a few months ago. It is based on school curriculum and on helping high school art students to build their portfolios. This article is for those who have never tried perspective drawing before and includes several videos and exercises.

Perspective Drawing–Linear and Aerial Perspective by ArtyFactory

This website has a variety of short and sweet articles about different kinds of perspective, including low and high eye-level perspective and perspective of a cylinder. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the links. I plan to go through this later and try my hand at the exercises.

How to draw perspective for beginners by Will Kemp

You’re probably saying by now, “If all I need to do is grab a ruler in order to draw in perspective, why don’t my drawings look right?” Enter Will Kemp, an art instructor with an impressive website and a helpful article about the other factors affecting perspective. He gives tips on how to really “see” perspective by measuring or using a grid and talks about just how much our eyes can trick us into seeing what’s not there.

I hope that this gives you a helpful starting point for your perspective drawings. It’s a skill that you can practice anywhere! Leave a comment to let me know if these were helpful to you and what you’d like to learn about next week.

Till next time,


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