Tips for Perspective Drawing

A recent spring cleaning session has uncovered some of Scottie’s hand drawn perspectives from back in 2007!


Per1Despite the advances in digital rendering, hand drawing is still a skill which carries great weight in the design industry.  A hand drawn perspective can sometimes convey the initial design intent on a better level than a digital render, and is an effective tool during the initial concept design phase.




Below are a few of Scottie’s tips for hand drawing perspectives.

  1. Begin by drawing on a large sheet of paper, say A3.  Then you can reduce to A4 and it sharpens the image.  Decide the best view you wish to capture – a photograph usually helps.
  2. Pick the perspective style to help with the look you want to achieve eg. single point or double point, isometric…
  3. Greylead in the outlines of surfaces and vegetation as close to scale as possible.
  4. Ink in the foreground elements first, working your way to the back – doesn’t have to be perfect as you shade later which can hide mistakes, plus it adds to the hand drawn feel!
  5. Use thicker ink for elements you wish to highlight eg. change of surface levels/shading
  6. Create hatches or dotting to give the final render.  Don’t overdo it though unless you really have time on your hands.
  7. Colour as an option again only if you have time.  I have always liked the black and white, especially when reduced to A4 size.
  8. Finally, experiment and have some fun!  Evolve to create your own individual style and perspective orientation.