Tips on How to Draw Pictorial Perspective

Published: 12th November 2011
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Pictorial views are images of objects that seem to be as precise as it is whenever you look at it with your eyes. Pictorial perspective drawing is definitely an art where approximately visual representation of images is positioned on a flat surface like paper. Parallel and angular perspectives are definitely the most typical perspective that we all know.

Parallel and Angular Perspectives

A graphic image of a landscape with tress, clouds, birds and human that construct a perfect masterpiece is an example of perspective drawing. Perspective drawing is much more unique compared to other styles of drawing objects in their pictorial views. Other pictorial views like isometric are drawn with the basis of angular projection (30° x 60° or 45° x 45°) while perspective views carries the principle of point perspective or generating views with a specialized point or points. This kind of drawing depends on the combination of parallel and angular representation or perspective. Unless these perspective drawing classes were mastered it will be impossible to sketch a clear picture that carries the principle of pictorial perspective.

Parallel perspective is a perspective view where an object is apparently facing in front of you. In contrast, an angular or oblique is the view with degrees rotated from your parallel view. Both are helpful methods of pictorial perspective though they seemed to be quite different from each other.

Skilled artist are great at giving life and color to each object they draw, and there can also be instances when a non-art-lover draw such good pictures. The only difference between the two is experience in drawing objects on pictorial perspective views. Unless this principle is being understood and practiced talent and skills will be useless and the rendered image will always be poor if not a failure.


In a single view perspective foreshortening is a term used to describe the way of resizing objects for good proportion. This principle plays a big role in drawing models that forms a box like shape or have volume. On the other hand, foreshortening used to draw several objects are referred to as perspective. This term is way better to make use of in a pictorial drawing instead of foreshortening.

A picture of objects in one location has to be properly drawn. Furthermore foreshortening should be completed with respect to the other object’s size and position. The size of one should be proportionate with the other. It particularly depends on the position of every object situated on your picture plane. For instance, the ball with the exact same sizes but different distance from the viewer would have different sizes in your drawing paper. The closer one is basically appears larger than the one farther from the viewer.

Viewing Direction

Pictorial perspective drawings are viewed on a selected direction or from selected point or points as it would be seen by the observer real, these is where your vanishing line is drawn . Of all the sketches to be made by any perspective view, pictorial sketches are more clearly understood than those of the front, top, and side. One point perspective and two point perspective views that are the most popular of all the pictorial views are illustrated at the right. Another pictorial perspective that involved vanishing points will be the three point perspective. Four-point and so forth are also possible but are all hard enough that one should give it a great deal of time to practice.

Constructing a detailed pictorial drawing includes a best choice of viewing direction or the height of the eye with relation to the object. An orthographic image or the viewed image parallel to the viewing rays of an eye is regarded as the most easy and pleasing to the human eye than others drawn with other pictorial views.

Drawing a landscape or a composition of objects in one plane will not only need good talent and skill but should also have knowledge and experience. Pictorial perspective maybe crucial for starters and not that simple for intermediates but I’m sure it is much more easy if you are already an expert of it. So never stop trying. Study its principles because practice makes perfect.

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