What’s a Vanishing Point? | Drawing Lesson

May 27, 2009

A vanishing point is a point at which two or more parallel lines meet. In a one-point perspective drawing, it is the point at which the subject of the drawing seems to vanish.

There are several vanishing point/perspective techniques.  Deciding which technique to use, will  depend on the number of vanishing points the drawing will have.

Linear Perspective – The linear perspective technique should be used in drawings with 1-3 vanishing points.
Curvilinear perspective – The curvilinear perspective technique should be used in drawing 3 dimentional objects on 2 dimentional surfaces.
Reverse perspective – Reverse perspective technique should be used in drawings where the artist intends to place the vanishing points outside the painting to create the illusion that they are out side and in front of the painting.

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