A Zoom with a View: One Point Perspective

Drawing Homework Due 09/21/16


My Spidey sense is tingling… from the stunning one-point-perspective in this illustration!

Your homework for this week, my fine drawing students, is all about point of view… one point perspective point of view! In order to receive homework points PLUS the glorious knowledge that your point of view is on point, complete the following tasks. They are due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, September 21.

  1. Work through the homework handout pages 1–5, otherwise known as the stuff covering one-point perspective. Reminders:
    • Do not do the last three pages, which are on two-point perspective. You can read them over if you want to get a sense of what’s next, but don’t attempt the exercises yet. We will cover two-point perspective in class next week.
    • Work neatly (do as i say, not as I do ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). If it helps, feel free to use a straight edge for making lines.
    • For page two (the photographs), you do not have to mark the vertical lines, but, if you’re feeling saucy, you can use a colored marker or pen rather than the specified pencil. It may be easier to see your lines that way.
    • For the cityscape exercise on pages 4 and 5, you may draw in your creativity journal if you prefer it to the sheet provided. Spend a little time on this drawing to make something wall-crawler-level cool.

  2. Noodle about on the interwebs to find a piece of artwork or a photograph that demonstrates one point perspective. You can use an image search in Google to point you to examples. However, you should spend a little time looking until you find, not only something you like, but something with a one-point perspective scheme you understand. Please choose an example that is an actual artwork or photograph and not simply a diagram or pre-made study of perspective. Be prepared to point out the horizon line, vanishing point and orthogonal lines to your classmates next week. 
    Once you have found a suitable one-point perspective image in image search, click on “view image” to go to that image as it is hosted online. You know you are on an image-specific page because the url (web address) at the top of the browser window will end in .jpg, .gif or .png. In my experience, .jpgs are the most reliable file for use on WordPress. Copy the entire url and paste it in a comment on this post. The image won’t go live until you hit “Reply” (and until I approve the comment if you’re a new user on the blog). Incidentally, you don’t have to provide commentary on the image you chose, though it is a nice nod to the artist or photographer to list his or her name and the title of the piece. I have provided an example for you in the comments.

    For more instructions on making comments on our blog, check out the step-by-step instructions.

That’s it! Except… don’t forget to work in those creativity journals. Twenty juicy-good pages full of play are your goal for the week. In fact, I hereby challenge you go totes wackadoo with the experimentation!

Have a great week! Send questions my way via e-mail if ya got them!


11 thoughts on “A Zoom with a View: One Point Perspective

  1. I’m adding this comment this on behalf of Anne, who made a lovely post with her image. However, I want to keep everything together on this thread.

    Description: The Pazzi Chapel in Florence.
    Date : 2008
    Image: Pazzi Chapel Santa Croce Apr 2008
    Author: Gryffindor

    I chose Pazzi’s Chapel, the work of Early Renaissance architectural engineer Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), to demonstrate one point perspective.

    The reason for my choice is that Brunelleschi is known for developing and using the technique of linear perspective in art and architecture.

    On either side of Pazzi’s Chapel’s center sidewalk are adjacent buildings to the main chapel that are not designed exactly alike, yet the proportions of the work are harmonious with each other.


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