How to Draw Backgrounds (3-Point Perspective)

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21 thoughts on “How to Draw Backgrounds (3-Point Perspective)

  1. Nonamer3245 Finne

    I still do not know how to draw a tiny figure its just so hard to shrink them and get all the body parts in its right order sometimes the arms are too long or something is just off like how can I fix that?

  2. Scooter Sachs

    Uh mark, maybe you should watch more Star Wars cuz that isn't really what an assassin droid looks like (in fact, when I first saw your "droid" I thought it was a floating police station)

  3. ~xXRyuuzakiXx~

    I have a question. Since this is generally a bird's eye view, can you draw this from a lower angle? Like you would be looking up at the building. Would you just have to move the two top points to a lower position?

  4. TriCop

    Mark made your subway 1 point perspective for my one legged math teacher. He was in shock and said he would put it in his memory boy. Thanks so much man

  5. Melissa Legates

    Hi, I recently included one of your videos in my blog titled “5 FREE instructional videos on how to use perspective, foreshortening to build dimension in your artwork.” You can read my blog post at Feel free to share this link with your viewers, family and friends. Thanks for all your hard work creating videos that motivate and inspire amateur artists like me. Melissa LeGates at Colored Pencil Enthusiast (

  6. Charles J Gartner

    Quick question: The droid is floating… it's square, but what if it wasn't perfectly squared up to the building? Where do you put your vanishing points? On that same note, let's say I'm drawing a few different boxes in a room or something but they're obviously not all perfectly squared up with eachother… so I assume you just shift new vanishing points for a particular box but keep them all the same distance away?

  7. Charles J Gartner

    With much pondering I figured out why there's 1, 2, and 3 point perspective: 3 point means there will be NO horizontal or vertical lines (except if you happens to have a line coming directly from your bottom vanishing point, that line will be perfectly). 2 point you will have NO horizontal lines (except for the horizon), and ALL vertical lines will be straight up and down. 2 point perspective is when you're not looking at a wall or side of the building perfectly straight on, but your eyes are lined up with the horizon. 1 point perspective: again ALL vertical lines will be straight up and down, and only the horizon line will be perfectly horizontal. It's used only when you're looking perfectly straight at a wall or side of a building. (that being said, if certain buildings are not in line with eachother… you'll have two point perspective on those. And if one building or square object is above or below the horizon line.. you'll have three point perspective. (just thought of all this right now while contemplating your videos… anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. But I'm pretty sure that's correct. Just looking around my room… lots of amps and different square object… most if not all things are three point… I really have to square myself up to a subject to get two, or one. )

  8. -NEON-

    And in the matter of an hour I now have a basic understanding of perspective; holy hell your tutorials are amazing!

    You do things so simply and relatably. It doesn't feel too serious, which makes it all the more enjoyable!

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