One-point Perspective

In The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective we learn the basics we need to know in order to sketch on the go!  Below are some examples of one-point perspective.

In each of these sketches, we are looking perpendiculary at the building face and seeing the primary walls in elevation. Extend the lines that are receding away from you to find the single point where they converge. In these one-point perspective sketches, the vanishing point is directly in front of the sketcher.

gail, The Urban Sketching HandbookGAIL WONG
Seattle Chinese Garden
6” x 12” | 15 x 30.5 cm; Hero bent nib pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink on acid-free Fluid watercolor block, watercolor; 1 hour. One-point/eye-level view.

Notice how the top of the handrail is foreshortened to a horizontal line, indicating the height of Gail’s eye level. (She must have been sitting!) All lines that are parallel to each other are converging at the VP down the hall, at her eye level.

Temple, The Urban Sketching HandbookBavorn Niwet Temple,
Bangkok, Thailand
7” x 4.5” | 18 x 11.4 cm; Pencil, watercolor, Fluid watercolor block; about 20 minutes. One-point/eye-level view.

perspective tip, The Urban Sketching Handbook

The Urban Sketching HandbookEDUARDO BAJZEK
Paulista Avenue
12” x 8.5” | 30.5 x 20.5 cm; Ink, markers; 1.5 hours. One-point/aerial view.

Eduardo’s aerial sketch of a busy city avenue is made even more dramatic by having one vanishing point that pulls the viewer into the space and down the street.

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The Urban Sketching Handbook- Understanding PerspectiveA good sketch starts with good bones.

The fourth book in the Urban Sketching Handbook series uses drawings and simple steps to explain the often challenging and overwhelming concepts of perspective in practical and useful ways for on-site sketching. Most books are either too abstract or don’t provide enough information that relates to what you actually do when you’re out in the busy, wide world about to start a drawing. Where do you start? How do you edit what you see to flatten and shrink it onto your paper? How does perspective work?

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective helps you learn to think like an architect, to draw buildings and spaces by reducing what you see to simple, basic shapes, then adding layers in simple steps, and finally finishing your sketch with detail, tone, and color–in accurate perspective. Full of helpful tips, architect and illustrator, Stephanie Bower even de-constructs sketches to show you how to create them! Once you understand perspective, it will change the way you see the world–you’ll see perspective everywhere.

Some of the key concepts explored in this volume are:

– Basic Terms

– Basic Spatial Principles

– Types of Perspective

– Building a Sketch in Layers

– Special Conditions