One Point Perspective

One Point Perspective

1. Investigate

“One Point Perspective” seemed to be a very complicated topic to start with for me… So of course, we need to start off with some researches first, in order to understand the purposes, the meaning, and some other basic information about “One Point Perspective” illustrations. It is going to be confusing for those of you who just started with this project, since there are going to be lots of information and new vocabularies (I had already written those vocabularies in bold). So here is a summarized version of what I understood about “One Point Perspective”…

a.) What is “One Point Perspective”?

One point perspective is a very simple and easy way to draw three-dimensional drawings. One point perspective has also been called central perspective and single-point perspective. These names obviously describe a situation where only one direction point is needed to draw an entire form or scene. This point itself is at times called the central vanishing point, principal vanishing point or center of vision. This kind of drawing will create deepness to the illustration, because it seemed to us that the vanishing point is very far away, while actually it is just that every shape are going into one direction.

b.) How did it developed through years?

When perspective was initially invented, artists used only one direction point for everything within the painting. A few more centuries later, the understanding and use of more than one point entered into the operation for most artists.

c.) Why is “One Point Perspective” a good technique to use in our illustrations?

Because it can help our illustrations look more realistic. However, having correct perspectives is also important to be considered about, because they can make our picture look more professional. Having perspectives can make our paintings look more realistic, because example if we are viewing an object from above, its bottom must look smaller than its top, and plotting a vanishing point will make all the objects in our paintings have accurate scales!

d.) How do we actually draw a “One Point Perspective” illustration?

In order to draw a “One Point Perspective” illustration, first of all, we have to plot a vanishing point. As I said, vanishing points are found everywhere in real life: at the end of train trails, hallways, roads, etc; so it would be very easy to plot one point as soon as you got an idea of what painting you are making. Second, draw two oblique lines coming from the point; make sure these two lines form a shape: roads, train tracks, pencil, etc. Then, draw vertical lines everywhere in your drawing, and make sure all of them are going right straight into your vanishing point, you will be able decide the sizes of the spaces between each line; just notice that the smaller they are, the more detailed picture you can draw. Then, draw horizontal lines all over your drawing. After that, draw every shape you want, based on those boxes you have in your drawing. Soon, you will realize each of the shapes seemed to be going into that vanishing point! Don’t worry if this is confusing for you, you will be able to understand better after viewing these examples below…

e.) What are some examples of a “One Point Perspective” illustration?







One point perspective. Web. 22 Sept. 2009.


2. Design

After a lesson or two about One Point Perspective with Mr. Patrick and some researches about the topic, we all started brainstorming designs we can choose to paint for our finish painting. Here is an image of a brainstorm I had done:


As you can see from my picture, that I had chose the “Road in a desert” design. This is because I think it is unique and creative, because they are different from my friends’ ideas and other paintings I had seen through my research. Another reason why I chose this idea is because I like using bright and warm colors of deserts, which are yellow and orange, because they describe my bright characteristics very well.


3. Plan

After getting my design ready, I, then, start practicing. Well, as you can see from all those images below, my practices are pretty messy. But as Mr. Patrick said, “Practices can be messy!”, so no worries…neatness will come in the final artwork. So here are some images of my practices I had done in my draft book… Please do forgive me for some errors on neatness I had made in my practices…



As you can see, for my first practice, I had done a normal sketch of my name without any perspectives, so that I can use it as a comparison for other sketches. The second one does have a vanishing point, which, as you can see, is in the middle top of my drawing. From this sketch, we can possibly draw a road, a train trail, a river, etc. out of it as well. The third one has a vanishing point at the bottom of the page, and from this drawing, we can possibly draw a pencil, etc. out of it. The fourth sketch, as you can see, has a vanishing point on the right side of the page, and we can possibly draw a road, billboard, etc. out of it. Next, the fifth one, also has a vanishing point in the left side of the art, but the difference between these two sketches are the shadings, the reason why I did some shadings in my fifth sketch is to make it look more realistic and dimensional. Finally, the sixth one, as you can see it also has a vanishing point on the bottom of the art, but if you look carefully, you can see that its horizontal lines weren’t straight anymore. This skill should be used when drawing shapes that are 3D such as cones, trees, etc.

After practicing, I started drafting a plan of my final artwork. Here is an image of it…

Art Plan

As you can see from this draft, the desert is on the two sides of my artwork and is full with green cactuses and plants, while the road is in the middle of this painting, so that my name can be outstanding.

So now that I had practice drawing some one point perspective sketches and drafting a plan of my final artwork, I am ready for my final painting!


4. Create

Here is an image of my final artwork…

My Pic

Here is the procedure all of us were asked to follow:

1.      Use a ruler to measure one cm. away from the border in order to create a border.

2.      Sketch our drawings very softly, (notice that no one can see our pencil lines in our finish piece!).

3.      Start painting, begin from the background first.

4.      We can paint over some of the shapes on the top, since Acrylic paints can be painted over many times.

4.      Cut out the borders we had measured the first time very neatly.

6.      After finish painting, make sure it is dry, and stick it into our folder and seal it with plastics!


5. Evaluate

I have to admit that I had learned lots of skills from this unit. One of them, of course, is the One Point Perspective. I can tell that this skill will be very useful for me and others when painting realistic pictures, because by doing a few easy steps, we can create a vivid painting with dimensions.

Two things I found challenging for me, are choosing a good design, and making sure that every shape in the painting has correct perspectives. Choosing the best design is a very tough part, because that can tell everything, if your design is bad, there is no way your artwork will look nice. And I also want to choose a design that I had never seen before as well as representing my characteristics. And as I said, painting correct perspectives is also very important, or else instead of having a realistic illustration we might come up with a messy artwork, so it happened to be a difficult part for me as well.

One thing I found easy is using the Acrylics paint. This is because I had used it before, so I had some basic skills of how to use them. Acrylic paints are absolutely for mature students, because when they were painted into something it is nearly impossible to clean it, and this includes your clothes, the desks, your materials, and your artwork. This is why many of us had some problems cleaning their mess. However, Mr. Patrick had also gave us very useful advices that I had never knew before, which is to put a wet napkin on top of our painting plates, so that the paints will not dry out too quickly! Even though Acrylic paints are hard to work with, I have to admit that they are very good for painting, since we can paint over small details in front of the background, because we can cover it with Acrylic paints, unlike the poster paints we had done last year!

Two things I did well on this project are painting and time-management. I had showed a lot of my painting skills in my artwork, as you can see, I had color mixing, gradient paintings, and painting accuracy skills shown in my artwork. Painting has always been my best skill, unlike my time-management skills. Last year, if you see my blog entries from the page “Grade 6”, you will notice that in almost every project my biggest improvement had to be time-management skills. But now, I had improved! I had to do really few more work at home, and I am extremely happy about this point!!

One of the things I want to improve is the way I choose my colors. As you can see from my artwork, that the deserts doesn’t really look realistic, because there weren’t as much differences of the colors between the part that is closer and the part that is farer, unlike the road, that has a very large difference. I can do this by planning and investigating more, so I can see mistakes from other people’s experiences. However, I learn from my mistake, and will surely do better next time!

Finally, as usual, I have to compare my artwork to my friends’. I always do this because I want you to know where I am at in the group, and what advantages and disadvantages did I make in this artwork…

Here is another picture of my artwork:

My Pic

Sorn’s artwork:


Jun’s artwork:


In my opinions, I think I am probably in a pretty good place in my class. However, there are still lots of things that I want to improve… and practice makes PERFECT!!!



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2 Responses to “One Point Perspective”

  1. saniyaartblog

    good idea, including other people’s work too…

    • piyapat

      Thanks Saniya!

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