Two Point Perspective

Two Point Perspective

What is two point perspective?

"A drawing has two-point perspective when it contains two vanishing points on the horizon line. In an illustration, these vanishing points can be placed arbitrarily along the horizon. Two-point perspective can be used to draw the same objects as one-point perspective, rotated: looking at the corner of a house, or looking at two forked roads shrink into the distance, for example. One point represents one set of parallel lines; the other point represents the other. Looking at a house from the corner, one wall would recede towards one vanishing point, the other wall would recede towards the opposite vanishing point." (Wikipedia,

Two Point Perspective Tasks:

Formative Task:

Follow these stages to create the basic structure idea for a simple street scene.


Summative Task:

  1. From the internet, magazine or your photo collection, choose a city scene that includes a front corner building facing the viewer at the intersection of two roads.
  2. Print and bring a hard copy to class
  3. On A3 paper, create your own two point perspective drawing attempting to recreate the architectural accessories found on the building facing the viewer and those of the building directly to the left and right of the corner building.
    • Possible Architectural accessories:
      • Windows
      • Doors
      • Overhangs & canopies
      • Sidewalk curbs, grills, man hole covers and cracks
      • street lines
      • Commercial signage
  4. Scan your two point perspective city scene drawing and save as a JPG file.
  5. Open your scanned image in photoshop
    • Level JPG file to enhance clarity of the drawing
    • Eliminate all unwanted lines and mistakes
  6. Email me the following:
    1. .JPG version of the ORIGINAL photograph
    2. .JPG of the edited point perspective drawing
    3. Personal reflection
      • What are the strengths of this 2 point perspective drawing?
      • What are the weaknesses?
      • If you had 2 more classes to work on this, what would you improve on?
  7. Using Adobe Acrobat Pro, score this Rubric
  8. Email a copy of your completed Rubric.