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A STUDY OF PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

COPYRIGHT 1992 DAVID OPHEIM

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Perspective is the most common method of depicting three dimensional forms realistically. Perspective is found in all types of printed matter. It is used widely in the professional areas: Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Commercial Art, Graphic & Environmental Design. In all instances drawings depicting ideas or real objects are communicated to a wide variety of viewers. Perspective has been with us for a long time. 15th Century painters used aerial perspective by incorporating a gradual change of intensity of colors and light. Adding overlap and a single vanishing point gave the illusion of objects gradually getting smaller as they went farther away. Two and three point perspective brought about new possibilities as it became necessary to show what objects and buildings would look like before they were manufactured or constructed. Designers then began to find better ways to develop their perspectives that would use less construction - resulting in faster solutions. Also, new tools such as ellipse guides and perspective grids have been introduced to help quicken this process. There have been several good textbooks which have each made a contribution to help us understand these processes. Unfortunately, they are now out of print. I have taught perspective for many years and have not found a comprehensive textbook. I solved this by writing a supplement in syllabus form. The syllabus eventually grew until it replaced the text. Students often encouraged me to put these notes in book form. I thank them for their encouragement, and to them, I dedicate this book.

My greatest challenge was to make the subject matter appealing to people with different interests and needs. Therefore, I have tried to make the examples very basic, so that they will relate to whatever your area of interest might be. I have also struggled with how technical it needs to be. What looks simple to some might seem to complex to others. So, I have kept the complexity to a minimum. It may not always be necessary to understand the underlying structure of some methods, if you are able to apply it. If you feel burdened by them, skip those sections and concentrate on the short-cuts. The structure is there though, for reference and background. The short-cuts will work without deeper understanding. It is like using a computer without knowing what actually makes it work. Those who know the inner workings can do much more with it, but the computer will work for the novice, if the right buttons are pushed. And, in the beginning, a computer can be pretty scary too. Personally, I think perspective is the greatest thing since ice cream. If you are skeptical of your ability to learn perspective, just remember, it is like reading and writing. Perspective is a learned skill. Once you have practiced and put it to use, you will be using perspective as easily as other skills you now have. The intent of this text is to give a comprehensive look at most of the approaches used today including shadow, reflections, rotations & surface development - hopefully, a useful text that teaches methods that will give you accurate and fast solutions. Lets get to it . . . .

OUTSIDE BASE LINES MEAS.6 6 . HORIZONTAL SURFACE MULT.VERTICAL MEAS.TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER 1 / INTRODUCTION MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS SINGLE-VIEW DRAWINGS PERSPECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS 1 & 2 POINT PERSPECTIVE EYE LEVEL (HORIZON) CONE OF VISION PERSPECTIVE USES USING ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEWS PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD WORKING BELOW HORIZON WORKING ABOVE HORIZON CONTROLLING VANISHING PTS. PERSPECTIVE CONVENTIONAL METHOD DEFINITIONS AND DISTORTION THREE SHORT CUTS 1 POINT FLOOR GRID METHOD SHORT CUT USING ELEVATION COMBINATION 1 & 2 POINT LARGE SCALE DRAWINGS SMALL OBJECT SKETCHES 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 CHAPTER 7 CIRCLES IN PERSPECTIVE CIRCLES IN PERSPECTIVE ELLIPSES DEFINED 8 POINT METHOD 12 POIINT METHOD USING ELLIPSE GUIDES ELLIPSE ALINEMENTS ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENT ELLIPSE SIZE MEASUREMENT ELLIPSE GALORE 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 2 3 4 5 7 8 12 13 CHAPTER 2 / PLAN ELEVATION CHAPTER 5 MODULAR PERSPECTIVE SQUARE TO CUBE MULTIPLICATION OF VIEWS DIVIDING LINES & RECTANGLES ENLARGEMENT AND REDUCTION VERTICAL SURFACE MULT. PLANE DIAGONAL VANISHING POINT 2 POINT GRID . SYSTEM SHORT CUTS MEAS. REDUCTION OR ENLARGEMENT 2 POINT INTERIOR GRID DEVELOPMENT/HORIZ.VERTICAL MEAS. 1 POINT GRID . INSIDE BASE LINES ELEVATION USING DIAGONALS HORIZONTAL FLAPS VERTICAL FLAPS MEAS.7 . PERSPECTIVE TRACING GRIDS 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 2 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 CHAPTER 8 CYLINDERS AND SPHERES CYLINDERS FROM BOXES VERTICAL CYLINDER W/GUIDES CYLINDER CONSTRUCTIONS CYLINDER ROTATION CAMERA CONSTRUCTION CAMERA ILLUSTRATION SPHERE CONSTRUCTIONS SPHERE STUDIES SPHERE TO SCALE SPHERE SHORT CUT 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 CHAPTER 3 / MEASURING SYSTEM CHAPTER 9 / SHADOWS LIGHT LOCATION 4 SHADOW TYPES PLOTTING BASICS PARALLEL METHOD VERTICAL PLANE HORIZONTAL PLANE BOX FORMS / EXTERIOR BOX FORMS / INTERIOR FLAGPOLE RULE MULTIPLE BOX SOLUTIONS WALL VARIATIONS 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 1 1 2 2 4 4 4 5 5 6 7 CHAPTER 6 MEASURING PLANE PERSPECTIVE GRID CONSTRUCTION INTERIOR/ARCH APPLICATION PRODUCT APPLICATION 6 . INSIDE BASE LINES LAYOUT TABLET MEASURES FREEHAND SKETCH MOLDED FORMS ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEWS 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 6 7 8 9 10 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 CHAPTER 4 / 1 PT. POINTS BY PREDICTION YARDSTICK PERSPECTIVE SELECTIONS APPLICATIONS OF HML CUBE CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM EXTENDED MEAS.2 6 . PLAN/ELEVATION IN USE LIMITATIONS & RELATIONSHIPS 2 POINT MEASURING SYSTEM HOW TO USE MEAS.

2 12 .TABLE OF CONTENTS (continued) CHAPTER 9 (CONTINUED) SHADOW SAVVY DOORWAYS & WINDOWS BOX WITH FLAPS PYRAMID CONSTRUCTION STANDING CYLINDERS HORIZONTAL CYLINDERS CYLINDER INSIDE SHADOW SPHERE SHADOW SHORT CUT SPHERE SHADOW SPHERE SHADOW ON WALL BOX FORM ON CONE CAST SHADOWS ON FORMS FLOATING FORMS CONVERGING LIGHT SHADOW POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOW 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 8 9 9 10 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 24 27 30 CHAPTER 10 / REFLECTIONS FORMS INTO VERTICAL MIRROR REFLECTIONS INTO WALL REFLECTIONS OF FORMS CONVEX MIRROR HORIZONTAL CYLINDER SPHERE REFLECTIONS HIGHLIGHT & REFLECTIONS 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 2 3 4 7 10 11 12 CHAPTER 12 3 POINT PERSPECTIVE CONVENTIONAL CONSTRUCTION TRIANGULAR METHOD 3 POINT EFFECT 12 .4 CHAPTER 11 / FORM ROTATION CUBE AROUND HORIZ. OF ROTATING CUBE MEASURING METHOD 90° ROTATION 1 POINT DRAWN ROTATED ROTATION OF CUBES 11 11 11 11 11 11 2 3 4 6 8 9 .3 12 . AXIS MULT.

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. scale. the Multi-View and the Single-View.INTRODUCTION TO PERSPECTIVE GETTING STARTED In order to define perspective it is necessary to be aware of several different types of drawings that give visual information about objects such as size. and details. . . We need to take a quick look at 2 types that are the most common.

depth and height) by orthographic projection. These views are called projections because each view is projected from one of the other views. All lines parallel to the edge of the object are shown in true length. This means that the actual dimension of the object is used either at full scale (actual size) or a scale representation of the size. Objects are visually described in three dimensions (width. A good understanding of orthographic projections will help you understand the relationships of various surfaces. Orthographic drawings give us true length visuals of the object by using several views arranged around a front elevation. .PLAN V IEW TOP VIEW EV T EL FRON ELEV ATION ATION SIDE FRONT ELEVA TION END V IEW MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS Multi-views show what an object looks like from several different directions at the same time.

. 1 . Each veiw appears to get larger as it gets farther away. Examples of different ways that perspective gives us more realistic and "believable" drawings and a fuller definition of perspective will follow . but are all basically the same each emphasizing a different aspect of the object. . Different sides are shown in direct relation to each other and are seen as parallels at different angles to the horizontal. Each type of drawing takes a different approach in communicating what the object looks like.3 .PLAN OBLIQUE 90 degree corners sides true length or fraction and parallel TRIMETRIC no angles equal sides true length or fraction and parallel ELEVATION OBLIQUE (DIMETRIC) 2 angles equal. This is the basis of perspective drawing. . a distortion called foreshortening is used. sides are true length and parallel ISOMETRIC all angles equal all sides in true length and parallel AXONOMETRIC VIEWS SINGLE-VIEW DRAWINGS Axonometric drawings also show all dimensions in true length. . Axons give a mental picture of what the object might look like. but use a single view showing three surfaces. but will play visual tricks on you. To get a more realistic looking drawing.

at or above the OBJECT. PICTURE PLANE. PP. This is the only edge that will be seen in (true length). This point on the PICTURE PLANE is the (forshortened) position on the drawing. The OBJECT touches the PICTURE PLANE at the CENTER OF VISION. the position of the corresponding point on the PICTURE PLANE is in 1 a straight line from the detail to the OBSERVER'S eye. OBJECT and HORIZON at INFINITY. 4 . LINE DRAWING ACTUAL OBJECT HORIZON LINE EYE LEVEL @ INFINITY PICTURE PLANE GROUND PLANE CE NT ER OF I VIS ON OBSERVER OBSERVER. This means that the HORIZON is at the farthest visual distance possible from the OBSERVER and is seen as a horizontal line on the drawing either below. OBJECT & HORIZON PERSPECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS The PICTURE PLANE is a transparent surface through which the OBSERVER sees the OBJECT. The HORIZON is the elevation of the eye (earth's horizon at infinity) and is represented by a horizontal line.PERSPECTIVE DEFINED PERSPECTIVE is a system of drawing by which an object of three dimensions is represented on a flat (two-dimensional) surface to appear real by means of distorting the drawing in a controllable manner. The PICTURE PLANE can be thought of as representing the piece of paper on which you are drawing. As the OBSERVER looks at different corners or details. Perspective is derived from a relationship of OBSERVER.

This produces a view that is turned from the observer and appears to have depth in two directions. INFINITY is the farthest distance possible from the object. 1 - TWO-POINT PERSPECTIVE RELATIONSHIP The Two-Point view above is what the OBSERVER sees when the object touches the picture plane at one corner. This results in a single VANISHING POINT on the HORIZON LINE at INFINITY.OBJECT OBJECT PICTURE PLANE PICTURE PLANE CENTER OF VISION CENTER OF VISION OBSERVER OBSERVER TOP VIEW TOP VIEW VANISHING POINT HORIZON LINE VANISHING POINT HORIZON LINE VANISHING POINT ONE-POINT VIEW TWO-POINT VIEW ONE-POINT PERSPECTIVE RELATIONSHIP The One-Point view is what the OBSERVER sees when the object touches the picture plane along one side. This produces a view of the side perpendicular to the observer and appears to have depth in one direction only. to the left and to the right. 5 . Locations of VANISHING POINTS & HORIZON LINES will be discussed in CHAPTER 2. This will result in two VANISHING POINTS on the HORIZON LINE.

The HORIZON LINE is used in all perspective drawings to place the object relative to the OBSERVER'S eye level.EYE LEVEL (HORIZON LINE) The EYE LEVEL is the same as the HORIZON LINE. This is true whether you are standing on the ground plane . . All eye levels are the same if every viewer is relatively the same height as the OBSERVER. or several stories above the ground. below or at the eye level. 1 .6 . The object location can be above.

This cone can be thought of as your visual perception as you look at an object 90 degrees to your line of sight. The CONE gives a way to establish a distance .e. the observer can be too close and too far away. i. The object should be well within this 60 degree cone circle. In practice distortions are corrected by (1) increasing the distance between the Vanishing Points or (2) reducing the scale (size) of the drawing. They both have the effect of increasing the OBJECT to OBSERVER distance. *LEADING CORNER APPROACHES 90° PICTURE PLANE CONE OF VISION DETERMINES OBSERVER DISTANCE ELEVATION VIEW CONE OF VISION The CONE OF VISION is a cone shape with its single apex at the OBSERVER'S eye and the circular base on the PICTURE PLANE.7 CV 60° CONE OF VISION 30° 30° 90° FIELD OF VISION PERIPHERAL VISION LINE PERIPHERAL VISION LINE OBSERVER PLAN VIEW .90° FIELD OF VISION LINE *IMPORTANT: LEADING CORNER MUST ALWAYS BE GREATER THAN 90° 60° CONE OF VISION LINE CUBE OUTSIDE * FIELD IS FAR OVER DISTORTED & UNACCEPTABLE.*LEADING CORNER IS GREATER THAN 90° TOO MIN IMU OBSERVERS CLO SE M DIS TA NC E CUBE WITHIN * FIELD APPEARS SLIGHLTY DISTORTED (STRETCHED). 1 . 60° 60° VP CV VP CV PICTURE PLANE * CUBE WITHIN CONE IS NOT DISTORTED . The correct distance the OBSERVER should be from the OBJECT is determined by this CONE.

ABOVE EYE LEVEL AT EYE LEVEL OPHEIM ’89 BELOW EYE LEVEL .8 . . . . .PERSPECTIVE . . . . .visually foreshortens dimensions until they vanish at the horizon. . . . . . develops forms in different locations from the eye. . LEFT CENTER RIGHT . . . . . . . 1 . . . is much like drawing what is seen on a sheet of glass. . . allows objects to be rotated in many directions and angles. .

. gives shadow solutions of objects. . Look through magazines and newspapers for pictures of buildings. .9 . . . Now find their vanishing point(s) and horizon line(s) by drawing lines on these pictures which extend outward to points of intersection. . . . . 2H .PERSPECTIVE . . . gives solutions for reflections. . . . . . . enables us to draw a wide variety of forms at different scales to represent objects of any shape and size. Also find an example of the eye level of a person in a photo that is level with the distant horizon. . cars and products that have strong 3-dimensional qualities. . . Try this! . 1 .

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This method is most useful when there are existing plan and elevation drawings available.1 & 2-POINT PLAN/ELEVATION PERSPECTIVE PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD . That is often the case in Architectural or Interior Design applications. However. but not usually available in the early stages of the design process i.1-POINT PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD . this method does 2 serve to give us a good example of the relationship of the observer.e. object and horizon.2-POINT VIEWS ABOVE EYE LEVEL PERSPECTIVE FROM ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEWS The Plan/Elevation method uses a plan and elevation view to represent height. width. 1 . Often ideas must be presented in perspective before any refinement is possible. depth & details of the object. The Plan/Elevation Method can be applied to both 1-Point & 2-Point Perspective Drawings. ideation stage. it is important to understand its basic theory. It will help you grasp the many other variations. picture plane. Even though you may not use this method in everyday practice.

(Cubes have the same height. Vanishing points always are on the horizon line (elevation of your eye. Space is needed above and beside the drawing to give room for the plan and elevation views which makes the perspective view small when compared to sheet size. Show We can. width and depth). This line is always horizontal for objects resting on or Take any letter in the alphabet that has all straight lines. GRAPHIC 2.10 . ARCHITECTURAL Construct a perspective of a house measuring 40' x 20'. so that the objects will appear to be above or below the horizon. proportions are as they should be for the type face that is se4. Portions of near walls may be removed to allow vision into the room. Try this! BASIC FORM Using the Plan/Elevation Method. Time must be taken to construct the plan and elevation views unless they already exist. construct a drawing of a cube measuring 6" on a side. Show variations by using different horizon lines. causing them to be off the drawing or work surface. Use a scale that will allow room for all drawings. Construct a 2 point Plan Elevation perspective drawing of this room favoring the longest wall. Use plan and elevation views to establish the system. Too time consuming. 2. Make sure that the 3. whatever method of Measurements can be taken off an existing toaster. 1. a plan and elevation of the letter form. there are certain limitations to this method. All Vertical lines of the form are vertical in the drawing.2H LIMITATIONS Unfortunately. Exterior walls are 10' high with a center apex at 15' on the short side. the base being 12" below the eye level. 4. The following exercises can be done in 1 or 2-point perspective or both. Construct the letter using the Plan/Elevation method. Do parallel to the earth's surface. based on a box. relationships and locations that are true. Place doors and windows anywhere you wish in these views and project them into the perspective drawing. 2 . Drawing must be done on a very large drawing surface as the location of the vanishing points are dictated. however. called eye level). INTERIOR Draw a floor plan and elevation of a room measuring 25" x 12' deep and 8' high including a window or door on each wall to your specifications and furniture using box forms. Vanishing Points locations are often at an unusual distance apart. learn from the Plan/Elevation method certain this in a perspective drawing using Plan/Elevation method. All Horizontal lines of the form go to vanishing points and lected. Otherwise perspective is used: design one of your own. IMPORT ANT RELATIONSHIPS OF ELEMENTS PRODUCT Draw a plan and elevation of a toaster. but are foreshortened. 1. Multiple projections are needed to find any one dimension. are not measured directly. thus robbing us of any practical control of the distance between them. 3.

2. Elevations in depth are projected from the Elevation View to a single Vanishing Point. 2 * The Ground Line can be placed anywhere you want. It works best near the bottom edge of the paper. It is best to be closer to one side than the other. It can be above the ground and is used to define the bottom edge of the object. Draw a horizontal Ground Line (GL*). Try this exercise using illustrated steps 1-10 in the examples following. Position the Observer (SP) by drawing a vertical line from the horizon where you wish. Establish the Horizon Line or Eye Level (HL) by drawing a horizontal line at a measured vertical distance above the ground line. 6. Depth measurements are determined by the foreshortened projections from various details on the Plan View to a Sight Point which represents the position and distance the Observer is from the Plan View. leaving room for the view above. -2 . PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD FOR ONE-POINT PERSPECTIVE This method is derived by positioning a Plan View over the Elevation View.STEPS PLAN VIEW PLAN VIEW PICTURE PLANE (PP) PP VANISHING POINT (VP) HORIZON LINE (HL) EYE LEVEL GROUND LINE (GL) ELEVATION VIEW GL* SIGHT POINT (SP) (OBSERVER) ELEVATION VIEW 1. Establish the single Vanishing Point where this vertical line intersects the HL. This Horizon will determine the eye level. This line is not always on the ground as its name suggests. Leave space above the PP for a Plan View. 3. 4. Establish a Picture Plane (PP) using a horizontal line. 5. Draw an Elevation View of the object and place it on the Ground Line directly beneath the Plan View. Draw a Plan View of the object and place it with one side touching the PP.

it is not necessary to draw this SP lines below the Picture Plain. FINISHED VIEW 9. where the vertical lines cross the lines to the Vanishing Point. Drop vertical lines from all sight lines where they cross the Picture Plane. or solid depending on what lines are visible. transparent. 2 -3 ELEVATION VIEW (FRONT PLANE ONLY) GL SIGHT POINT (SP) (Observer) . Find all (foreshortened) depth measurements by taking a line of sight from the Sight Point to all corners or details in the Plan View. The view will appear open. This shows the distance from the Object to the Observer in Plan View. 8. Also project lines from all corners of the Elevation View to the Single Vanishing Point. 7.STEPS PLAN VIEW PLAN VIEW PP PP VP HL VP HL GL ELEVATION VIEW SP Though shown here. Complete the drawing by connecting all found points of intersection. Establish the Sight Point (SP) near the bottom on a vertical line from VP. 10. This will give the locations for all lines in depth.

i. draw a horizontal Ground Line (GL). PLAN/ELEVATION FOR 2-POINT PERSPECTIVE The Elevation View in this case is not used as part of the drawing. Draw or attach a Plan View with one corner touching. Establish the Sight Point (SP) by placing a point near the bottom of the sheet on the TL. so must be placed far enough to the side to not overlap the perspective view. GROUND LINE (GL) SIGHT POINT (SP) GL 1. the smaller the angle . 6. This angle is determined by how much you wish to see of that side. 2.STEPS PLAN VIEW * * TRUE LENGTH (T) PICTURE PLANE (PP) TL PP HORIZON LINE (HL) ELEVATION VIEW Horizon can be raised and lowered to any eye level desired. 5. 2 -4 . Establish a Picture Plane (PP) near top of sheet. Establish the Eye Level or Horizon Line (HL) by drawing a horizontal line at a measured vertical distance above the GL.e. Draw an Elevation View placed on the GL to one side.the more prominent that side will be & the less prominent the adjoining side will be. 3. Draw a vertical True Length (TL) line through touch point. Near sheet bottom. 4. * Here we see that the distance between the Vanishing Points and their location depends on the angle the Plan View makes with the Picture Plane.

2 -5 . Find depth dimensions by taking a line from SP to Plan View details. PP HL VPR GL SP GL SP . Establish Vanishing Point Left (VPL) and Vanishing Point Right (VPR) at the intersection of the verticals and the HL. Establish all vertical dimensions by projecting from the elevation to the TL and back into the drawing using lines to the VP's. Elevations of all points on the Object must be projected from the Elevation View to the TL and back to one of the Vanishing Points. Draw two vertical lines where the parallels hit the PP. dropping a vertical line where it crosses the PP. it is not necessary to draw this SP lines below the Picture Plain.STEPS PP VPL PARALLEL HL PARALLEL TL VPR VPL TL Though shown here. Draw two lines from the SP to the PP that are parallel to the sides of the Plan View. 11. 7. 8. 9. The detail is on this elevation line at the location where the vertical from the Sight Point crosses the Picture Plane. 10.

2 . Elevations are projected from the elevation view. Think of it as moving the eye up and down and the object remaining stationary. do this exercise using the 11 positioning overlapping plan and elevation views. HORIZON LINE (HL) (EYE LEVEL) PICTURE PLANE (PP) TRUE LENGTH (TL) VPL VPR ELEVATION VIEW GROUND LINE (GL) SIGHT POINT (SP) Elevation & Plan views should include hidden lines or details not seen so that the view shows every detail. VIEW BELOW HORIZON LINE The Plan/Elevation Method for 2-Point Perspective is derived by For a better understanding. Points are used. Two Vanishing steps on the preceding page.6 . Horizon will determine whether you are looking under.PLAN VIEW Make the side that is most important the lesser angle to the PP. at. Depth measurements are determined by the foreshortened projections from various details on the plan view. or above the object.

2 .PLAN VIEW PP TL GL ELEVATION VIEW HL VPL VPR SIGHT POINT (SP) VIEW ABOVE HORIZON LINE Now draw the same object with a horizon line that is below the object and ground line.7 .

90° SP VP DISTANCE CONTROLLING VANISHING POINT DISTANCE The Vanishing Points are often too close or too far apart located at the outer edge of your sheet and will be the as they are dependent on the location of the Sight Point distance between Vanishing Points. but any combination of angles adding up to 90° is OK.PLAN VIEW 60° TL BEGIN WITH THE PICTURE PLANE 30° VPL HL VPR NOTE: A 30°/60° triangle was used here.8 . These angles are Continue as usual. Draw the Elevation View parfrom the Vanishing Point distance you want to use. One way to avoid this is to work backwards point of the Elevation View. Start out with the Picture Plane and find the Sight Point by using angles which total 90 degrees. You have now controlled is an example of how the locations can be controlled. the width between Vanishing points. Above allel to the lines to Sight Point. Draw a vertical True and the angle that the Elevation View makes with the Length line through the Sight Point to locate the touch Picture Plane. 2 .

9 . Note that some of the dimensions in the plan view have to be extended to the edge of the roof line to find the distance the walls are set in from the roof edge. PLAN PP TL HL VPL ELEVATIONS VPR SP 2 .PLAN/ELEVATION IN FULL SWING Below is a drawing of a small Condo Unit.

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LIMITATIONS Unfortunately, there are certain limitations to this method. 1. Too time consuming. Time must be taken to construct the plan and elevation views unless they already exist. Multiple projections are needed to find any one dimension. 2. Drawing must be done on a very large drawing surface as the location of the vanishing points are dictated, thus robbing us of any practical control of the distance between them. 3. Vanishing Points locations are often at an unusual distance apart, causing them to be off the drawing or work surface. 4. Space is needed above and beside the drawing to give room for the plan and elevation views which makes the perspective view small when compared to sheet size.

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BASIC FORM Using the Plan/Elevation Method, construct a drawing of a cube measuring 6" on a side, the base being 12" below the eye level. (Cubes have the same height, width and depth). INTERIOR Draw a floor plan and elevation of a room measuring 25" x 12' deep and 8' high including a window or door on each wall to your specifications and furniture using box forms. Construct a 2 point Plan Elevation perspective drawing of this room favoring the longest wall. Use a scale that will allow room for all drawings. Portions of near walls may be removed to allow vision into the room. ARCHITECTURAL Construct a perspective of a house measuring 40' x 20'. Exterior walls are 10' high with a center apex at 15' on the short side. Use plan and elevation views to establish the system. Place doors and windows anywhere you wish in these views and project them into the perspective drawing.

The following exercises can be done in 1 or 2-point perspective or both. Show variations by using different horizon lines, so that the objects will appear to be above or below the horizon.

IMPORT ANT RELATIONSHIPS OF ELEMENTS PRODUCT Draw a plan and elevation of a toaster, based on a box. Show We can, however, learn from the Plan/Elevation method certain this in a perspective drawing using Plan/Elevation method. relationships and locations that are true, whatever method of Measurements can be taken off an existing toaster. Otherwise perspective is used: design one of your own. 1. Vanishing points always are on the horizon line (elevation of your eye, called eye level). GRAPHIC 2. This line is always horizontal for objects resting on or Take any letter in the alphabet that has all straight lines. Do parallel to the earth's surface. a plan and elevation of the letter form. Make sure that the 3. All Vertical lines of the form are vertical in the drawing. proportions are as they should be for the type face that is se4. All Horizontal lines of the form go to vanishing points and lected. Construct the letter using the Plan/Elevation method. are not measured directly, but are foreshortened. 2 - 10

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TWO-POINT MEASURING SYSTEM MEASURING SHORT CUTS PREDICTED MEASURING POINTS CUBE CONSTRUCTION DIFFERENT HML POSITIONS SELECTION OF SYSTEMS MEASURING INSIDE & OUTSIDE BASE LINES DEPTH ELEVATIONS INCLINED PLANES

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e. MP labels are on opposite sides than the VP's. 3 . measure the distance VP-"P" (dashed line) and transfer this to the same distance along HL to find the MPs. Establish Horizon Line. Using VP'S as pivots. Place the VML anywhere you wish between the VP's. i. VML (TL)* where you want and both Vanishing Points at a good distance apart. make an arc with distance VP to point P as radius from both Vanishing Points. 2. HOW TO FIND MEASURING POINTS 2 POINT PERSPECTIVE MEASURING SYSTEM This measuring system will eliminate the use of plan and elevation views. MPR on the left and MPL on the right. Measuring Points (MPL & MPR) are found where these arcs intersect the HL If a compass isn't large enough.FIND MEASURING POINTS AS FOLLOWS: VML (TL) VPL HL VPR VPL MPR MPL HL VPR VML P P 1. *TL is changed to the (VML) Vertical Measuring Line. 4. Note: The Measuring Point locations are dependent on the VML location and change with each different location of the VML.2 . See the steps above. 5. This means any object can be drawn from its known dimensions and makes spontaneous change possible. Find point "P" where the VML intersects the half circle. Draw half circle with center as radius through VP'S.. 3.

Heights are projected from the VML to the VP's along the Base 3 Line plane. The depth is found where each line to the Measuring Point crosses the Base Line (see circled points). Measurements are taken from locations on the HML to Measuring Points. HOW TO USE THE MEASURING SYSTEM The True Length Line is now used as a Vertical Measuring Line (VML). This will always be the first line the measurement crosses.MPR VPL VML MPL HL VPR 30H BL MEASURED HEIGHT OF EYE LEVEL BASE LINE (BL) 36L 0 78R HORIZONTAL MEASURING LINE (HML) EYE LEVEL: 48" DIMENSIONS: 36"x78"x30" HIGH IMPORTANT: Never use Point "P" as the leading corner of a box. The HML is a horizontal line which give measurements to the left and right of the VML. but actually only cross the BL plane at the first line on the "ground" surface. 3 . All other measurements inside the Base Lines are found by projecting back to both Vanishing Points. The HML is determined by Eye Level and must be well above Point "P". Note: The dashed lines from the HML to the MP's may appear to cross several lines. P THE MEASURING POINT SYSTEM Accessaries give the drawing scale. A Horizontal Measuring Line (HML) is also used to find foreshortened depth measurements.

This point would be on a circle had it been drawn.60° MPR MPL VPR 45° EQUAL 1/2 VPL 45° VPL HL 30° EQUAL 1/2 EQUAL 1/4 EQUAL 1/4 EQ. These examples incorporate the use of 45° & 30°/60° angles drawn from VP's creating intersecting lines which form 90° corners. The distance of Point P from the Vanishing Points is then taken to the Horizon Line as always. 1/4 EQ. Following are examples of 3 different ways to find MP's using angles rather than a circle. a 90° corner is formed. 1/8 MPR MPL VPR 60° VML VML 90° Gives equal orientation of sides "A & B" 90° P P 2-POINT CENTER CONSTRUCTION BA C Gives orientation favoring side "B" 2-POINT RIGHT CONSTRUCTION 3 . Therefore. 1/8 EQ.4 BA C . EQUAL 1/2 30° . 1/4 MPL HL VPR 60° 30° VML 90° P Gives orientation favoring side "A" All 90° corners 2-POINT LEFT CONSTRUCTION BA C 45° .45° EQUAL 1/2 EQUAL 1/3 EQUAL 1/3 EQUAL 1/3 HL 30° .60° EQUAL 1/2 EQ. 1/8 MPR VPL EQUAL 1/2 EQUAL 1. 1/8 EQ./2 EQ. any method that produces a 90° corner from the VP's will work as well.SHORT CUT VP HL VP If a circle is bisected by a horizontal line forming two VP's which are connected to any point on the perimeter of a circle.

The VML and MP's are found the same way as in the circle method. Above are samples of how this might look Establish the VP's as far apart as practical and divide the HL into these relationships by division. NOTE: Since locations are in known positions for these systems . MPR VML 1/8 1/4 MPL VPL 1/8 1/2 VPR 2-POINT LEFT MPR VPL 1/2 1/4 VML 1/8 MPL 1/8 VPR 2-POINT RIGHT VPL 1/3 1/2 MPR VML 1/6 1/6 MPL 1/2 1/3 VP 2-POINT CENTER 2H MEASURING POINTS FOUND BY PREDICTION The idea is to predict the location along a HL of these three variations to measuring point. Beyond getting rid of the circle we also find that the MP locations are predictable in these circumstances. This will save the time it takes to draw circles or arcs to find these MP's.CIRCLES AND ANGLES ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY. 3 -5 Try this! .

Push pins can also be at MP and VP locations to act as stops for the straight edge. 3 . This gives 36" between Vanishing Points and is easily divided to find halves and thirds to find MP's & VML's.VPL 0 MPR LEFT 6 12 MPR CENTER MPL/R 18 MPL RIGHT 24 30 VPR 36 VML-CENTER 2-POINT LEFT 2-POINT CENTER MOVE YARDSTICK LEFT OR RIGHT TO CENTER DRAWING "YARDSTICK" PERSPECTIVE Try the use of a yardstick to measure distances. Simply tape the yardstick to the top of the drafting board or table.6 VML-RIGHT 2-POINT RIGHT VML-LEFT VML MPL CENTER . This eliminates looking every time to see if the line goes to these points.

APPLICATIONS OF DIFFERENT HML LOCATIONS Draw a box that is 1 x 3 x 2 high that is above eye level. Note that the BL changes for each view. The BL is always the first line that the measurement from HML crosses. Coupled with many choices in eye level. 3 . This varying vantage point is a choice to make for each drawing. Working above the HL will give a view that "floats" above the eye level.HML TL 2 POINT CENTER I POINT CHAPTER 4 2 POINT RIGHT P MEASURING SYSTEM BL I POINT CHAPTER 4 VPL HL I POINT CHAPTER 4 B MEASURING SYSTEM 2 POINT LEFT AB AB 2 POINT CENTER C AB C 2 POINT RIGHT AB C D SELECTION OF MEASURING SYSTEMS Each system or method will give a different location of the object from the viewer.7 VPL MPR BL TL D D D B AB AB AB BL A A D HL VPL MPR MPL VPR VPR C C C I POINT CHAPTER 4 TL HML BL BL HL MPR MPL VPR P VPL HL MPL BL HML VPR . Here the solution is the same for three locations of the HML. these many variations become possible. Above is an example of the locations for different Measuring Systems. on top and bottom of form and on the surface.

Any dimension then must go to either vanishing point to get into the view In practice. Example shown at 10 & 15 right.NOTE: THESE MP'S WERE FIRST FOUND BY USING A POINT "P" ON A CIRCLE. It is important to remember that the projection from the measured 3 distance along the HML to either MP stops at the first base line that it comes to. Note that the height dimension is on the VML with its base at the HML. The line to MP stops at the BL and then goes to VPL. 8 . it is not necessary to draw the line to the MP beyond the BL. The depth dimensions are on the HML and are to the left and right of the VML. VPL MPR VML MPL HL VPR BL BL HML 10 5 LEFT 0 RIGHT 5 10 15 EYE LEVEL: 8 UNITS DIMENSIONS: 5 X 5 X 5 UNITS CONSTRUCTION OF CUBES USING THE MEASURING SYSTEM Above diagram shows the use of two side views (see shaded squares) of a cube to demonstrate which dimensions are used along the vertical and horizontal measuring lines. It is not necessary to draw these views when their dimensions are known. This eliminates unnecessary lines and clutter.

9 . Depth dimensions are projected to the measuring points stopping at the base lines and then vertically for heights and to VP's for depths. CENTER EYE LEVEL: 5' DIMENSION: 12'X14'X13' HIGH HML LEFT MEASUREMENTS TO MPL STOP AT BL RIGHT MEASUREMENTS TO MPR STOP AT BL 2-POINT MEASURING SYSTEM EXTENDED Here is a more extensive use of the measuring points to construct a drawing of a small house. Elevations or plans were not needed. Height dimensions are all taken from the VML and projected into the drawing using both Vanishing Points. The best approach is to develop the drawing on the ground plane and then work vertically to develop the vertical planes and details. This shape requires several different measurements to develop the form. Each dimension of the house was measured along the HML or VML respectively.VML VPL MPR HL MPL VPR BL BL 2-PT. 3 .

3 .10 . The more practical application of this method is to leave room for possible additions to the surface such as overhanging roof lines. The vacant left This shift can also go far enough right to be very space is measured first and the box dimensions are added near center. Nothing really changes. This moving of an object left or right of the TL line results in a visual shift of the object. to it. protruding knobs on products or lenses on cameras.9 9 VML 9 9 9 VPL MPR MPL HL VPR 5 5 5 BL BL 5 3 2 5 3 LEFT 0 2 RIGHT 3 5 3 5 HML MEASURING INSIDE THE BASE LINES (VISUAL SHIFT) It is sometimes necessary to draw the view set back from Notice how the second box appears to be shifted to the either or both base lines.

Height CD is transferred to EF & GH using the same method. ALL LINES REPRESENT THE SAME HEIGHT IN PERSPECTIVE. 11 .VML C E A G MPL VPL MPR VP1 VP2 HL VPR H BL BL F B D HML ELEVATION MEASUREMENTS USING DIAGONALS Usually the elevations are found by taking elevations from the VML to each VP taking the vertical distance to the surface first and then along that surface to the needed position.F & G . Any known vertical dimension can be transferred to another vertical in the same manner. A vertical between points A and B gives the right height for that point.D transferred E . Line AB shows how the measurement can be taken diagonally to the HL along the ground from the VML ground point through Point B which locates a VP1 on the HL Then a line is drawn back to 3 the needed height on the VML. Sometimes it is more expedient to take the measurement directly to that position.H. See vertical C .

Since the flap angles cannot be measured directly, a side elevation view is needed for each flap to give the X & Y dimensions of the flap edge. See the side elevation below which shows the measured flap at the wanted angle and the resulting X & Y dimensions.
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ROAD CONSTRUCTION USING MULTIPLE VANISHING POINTS The same technique used for boxes with flaps also works for surface development such as roads or uneven terrain. Measurements can be tricky, but as long as you stick to measuring locations and their heights, you can find the slope of any road Notice that all level roads vanish at the horizon line and all down and uphill roads vanish above or below the horizon line. Once details and terrain features are added, it can be quite convincing. 3 - 14

0 3R CONE OF VISION +3 MEASURING OUTSIDE THE BASE LINES MEASURING OUTSIDE OF BASE LINE It is sometimes necessary to measure forward of the BL. This should be avoided.15 . Measure 3 along HML to the right. 3 . Draw a line from the MPL through 3R crossing the ex tended BL to find +3 forward. 3. but it is still a Left measurement. ADD 3 UNITS TO THE FRONT: 1. Extend Left BL forward of O. BL Add-on section is "outside" the original Base Line.VPL MPR VML MPL HL VPR BL Original box within the Base Line. Take this measurement to the VPR and project other details forward to that line. This often is necessary when additions are made or details are extended forward after the initial surface is established. This is a measure to the right of 0. 2. but can be done if the leading corner remains within a reasonable Cone of Vision.

MPR VPL HL VML MPL VPX VPR 4 BL 4 BL 7 2 X HML 2 O O 7 1. MEASURING INSIDE OF BASE LINE You may also want to use the measuring system directly to a view inside the Base Lines.16 . Pick a point X where you want the front corner. Follow the 5 steps above. 4. 2. Place a VML anywhere along the HML. Now measure to new BL's as usual for depths by using the HML measurements to the MP's starting with each corresponding O point. 5. 3 . Draw lines from MPR & MPL through X to the HML to find O's location. 3. This method can be used to shift a view to the left or right and back into the view where you want without changing the Measuring Points or the Measuring Lines. The height of the box is where it crosses the vertical from point X. Measure heights by taking the VML base through X to the HL at VPX and back to the height on VML.

Open sketch pad and establish Horizon Line & Vanishing Points.A MEASURING SYSTEM USING A LAYOUT TABLET When you are sketching or laying out a line drawing for a new drawing or rendering. Find MPR @ centerline. VML MPR VPL HL 4 steps to the right show how this is done. 3 . You might try using your thumbs along the bottom edge of the tablet when using a triangle. Verticals can be drawn by using a triangle or a small T-square. You can quickly set up a system by folding the page a couple of times to divide the sheet into MP halves. it is a good idea to work on a sketch pad or layout tablet. crease @ HL & fold back to find MPL. VML MPR MPL VPR VPL HL HML 4. VML MPR VPL HL 2. VPL HL MPR VPR 1.17 . 3. Finish drawing as usual. crease @ top & fold back. quarters and eighths. Find VML by folding top sheet to centerline. This automatically gives you enough distance between VP's to give a 60° Cone of Vision. Fold to VML..

3 . It is interesting to see how the different boxes will appear to be in front or behind depending on which lines are used in the final view.18 . the perspective holds its own. Now. As long as VP's are used. Several variations to the same drawing can be shown this way.FREEHAND SKETCH USING TABLET & VP'S Good sketches can be drawn first with straight line to VP's and then traced on a clean sheet with straight edges or freehanded as shown below Box forms can be easily drawn below. all you have to do is add details. above and at the Eye Level. In this case the boxes were drawn randomly overlapping them with eyeball measurements. Heavy outlining gives impact to objects and shows which surfaces are open when looking through box openings.

Station Plains (10 here) are selected either at key the section onto each plane. Two elevations are used along HML to help measure be measured point for point or a grid can be used for plotting each section.CONTOUR DRAWING This is a simplified version of a boat hull that has all curved views on each station plane in the perspective view. These can surfaces. 3 . These are used to draw section necting the common section points horizontally. Add details.19 .VPL HL VPR ç N7705 1 7 3 8 9 2 10 4 5 2 HML 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6 ç MEASURING SYSTEM . The object is then found by conlocations or equally spaced.

e. Right or 2-Pt. develop the objects using a light construction line and then heavy-up the object lines to make them stand out.Do These This layout shows orthographic views of different objects. i. After selecting which system you want to use. 2-Pt. Left.20 . Use these forms to practice the short cut Measuring System. Do at least one for each system. TOP TOP FRONT END 1 2 FRONT END TOP TOP TOP END FRONT FRONT END 3 4 5 FRONT END TOP TOP TOP FRONT FRONT END END FRONT END 6 7 8 3 . 2-Pt. Measuring System. Center & 2-Pt.

1 .ONE-POINT PERSPECTIVE OF BOX FORMS .MEASURING SYSTEM METHODS FOR ONE-POINT PERSPECTIVE CONVENTIONAL METHOD TO FIND MP ONE-POINT THEORY & PRACTICE SEVERAL SHORT CUT METHODS �� 4 .

Develop a Floor Grid of any size. some large and small. Take all line of sight and at 90° to you. planes representing walls that are perpendicular to your 4. become familiar and at least 1 piece turned at 45°. A great deal of depth is still possible.10 . Pick a letter depth and measure remaining these walls.SMALL OBJECT SKETCHES There is a fib advantage to use One-Point for sketches of objects that have most detail on the front face. MP 60% CONE CIRCLE TAPE RECORD/PLAY REW/REV FF/CUE STOP/EJECT PAUSE TRY THESE EXERCISES: 1. Draw a cube and multiply to a large structure. details for product applications similar to the drawing 2. Find its VPs on the with the 3 different ways to find the MP. 4 . Details were measured in true length on the front surface. Another advantage is that circles are still circles and can be easily VP HL represented. The drawing below was constructed using a modular application of a cube that was multiplied to double the proportion. Place several vertical above. They can represent rooms or objects 3. Make like furniture. Then try to draw HL. Make room first. Give 6 inch thickness to edges to a VP. Before creating your finest drawing ever. Place several pieces of furniture on the grid depth details. This allows you to draw in full size or scale and measure everything in true length. Construct or trace a large letter facing you. Hint: It is always best to draw a plan view of your several different sized boxes on the same floor plan. In later chapters we will cover the circle as it turns from our line of sight and becomes elliptical.

.ELEVATION VIEW MP VP D HL PP A 1 B 60° This distance represents how far the Observer is from the Picture Plane in Plan View. A MP is found by taking the longest diagonal from the VP and rotating this distance to the HL to find point D. 3 (1. SHORT CUT methods follow . i. twice the distance from the VP (1. 4 .732) 2 30° VP C C What you get is a room that appears to be square. the MP is approx. . .e.732 + BD) as the length of the longest diagonal. This technique involves strenuous construction and uses a large area of space below the view which is usually unavailable on a small sheet. . .2 . CONVENTIONAL METHOD TO FIND MP One-Point Perspective also uses a Measuring Point to find depth measurements. . This is taken down to point B. A 30/60 degree triangle is drawn using corner ABC. as deep as it is wide. The distance of VP to point C on the triangle is rotated to the HL to find the MP. As you can see from this construction.

DEFINITION: The Measuring Point is a point along the HORIZON LINE that is the same distance from the VP as the OBSERVER is from the PICTURE PLANE and is then an arbitrary chosen distance. Unlike Two-Point Perspective where the Vanishing Points are distant from the view.3 . ALL SQUARES WITHIN CONE CIRCLE APPEAR TO BE VISUALLY CORRECT. this Vanishing Point is now inside the view or its proximity. . This creates a single vanishing point and all other lines are either horizontal or vertical. 60° CONE OF VISION CIRCLE. R = 60% x VP-MP DISTANCE VP HL MP DISTORTION BEGINS STRETCHED DISTORTION CONE OF VISION CIRCLE There are 3 short cut ways to find a Measuring Point They are as follows . Without this quideline. . . . 4 . A Measuring Point is also used. distortions will appear at the outer edges of the view. This distance must be far enough to give a 60° Cone of Vision. Drawing shows how squares distort as they pass beyond the circle. . much like Two-Point Perspective.DEFINITIONS & DISTORTION n One-Point Perspective the near surface of the object touches the picture plane. .

VP -V MP 6 x 0. 2. SQUARE DEPTH METHOD 1.THREE SHORT CUTS TO FIND MEASURING POINT DIAGONAL METHOD 1. This moves the observer forward and back until it looks visually correct and gives a way to vary the depth. 3. 2. Establish HL and extend to right or left side. Pick a MP at a random distance from the VP. CONE OF VISION METHOD 1. HL VP 1 2 MP Longest Diagonal Found Square Depth 15 HML 0 VP HL Looks deep MP Estimated Square Depth Looks close 12 HML 0 3. Draw HML in size and scale needed.4 . R= HL P MP Found Sq. Move a horizontal line up and down until it appears to represent a square lying on a horizontal surface. Draw HML in size and scale needed. Establish HL and extend to right or left. Depth 7 HML 0 4 . Draw a diagonal to find MP. 3. MP is found by taking the longest diagonal (VP-O) up to HL and doubling that distance to find MP. The object will not be distorted. 3. Draw the HML anywhere within this circle. Draw a circle with a radius 60% of the MP-VP distance to represent a 60° Cone of Vision. 2.

VP HL MP 12 HML 0 VP HL MP 12 12 HML 0 NOTE: It is not necessary to grid the square if these measurements are not needed. This will cross the VP line from O to give 12 deep. Be careful at this stage because the looks of the entire drawing will be effected by this depth and the location of the VP. 12 VP 48 HL 36 MP 24 17 12 4 . HL & MP by using one of the methods just discussed. Begin to grid the square by drawing depth lines using the equal measurements along the HML to the VP. VML 5. Draw a line to MP from the most distant point on the grid (12 here). Find the VP.5 HML 0 . Finish the grid by drawing horizontals where these depth lines cross the diagonal to MP at dots. 4. Also add vertical planes where they are needed using VMLs along the HML. 2. 3. Increase the depth to 17.ONE-POINT FLOOR GRID METHOD 1. 6. 24 or any additional depth by using diagonals wherever the measurement is needed.

7.SHORT CUT STEPS USING ELEVATION VIEW VML Following steps show how elevation and details can be used to develop a floor grid. 4. 4 . Either or both MPs can be used for depth measurements. 5. . stairs and table using grid and measured heights along each wall from the elevation MP view. but there are always 2 MPs. HML NOTE: Only 1 MP is shown here. Establish MP at twice the distance of long diagonal (VP-A) this will give a short cut solution for a 60° Cone of Vision and will not be distorted. If the room is made wider. Construct an elevation with Horizon Line at desired height (6 feet and 4 inches here) VP HL MP HML VML VP HL 2.6 . each the same distance from the VP. 6. Construct a grid by connecting measurements along HML to the VP and drawing horizontal depth lines through their 15 foot back wall. Project fireplace. Construct back at 15 feet deep using verticals at corners. 6'-4" HL VML HML 1. 1 to the left and 1 to the right. a new MP should be found. Establish a Vanishing Point (VP) off center and connect ground lines to front two corners. 3. Connect all other corners to VP.

Different types of views can be developed by using the VP and HL at various positions. VML 6'-4" HL HML VP 6'-4" HL HML DETAIL DEVELOPMENT 4 .7 .

Two MPs equidistant from the VP are used as VPs for a box rotated 45°. For other degrees of rotation each corner of the object is located on the perspective grid first and then lines are drawn through the respective corners to locate their VPs.8 .COMBINATION ONE AND TWO-POINT PERSPECTIVE Objects are positioned using the grid for plan view and measured vertically using the front elevation plane (VML). PLAN VIEW ELEVATION VIEW VML VML VML TO MPR VP 5' HL TO MPL TO MPR 4 .

THE BAY COMPANY 10' HL Roger's Fabrics OPE Music LINCOLN PLACE MALL PRO GOLF TROY’S PETS MERV'S CIGARS To MP 4 . This semidetailed view of a shopping mall shows how a 1-point view might be used to develop a design solution.LARGE SCALE DESIGN DRAWINGS This drawing is projected from elevation views and uses a floor grid. Eye level here is at 10 feet.9 . Depths and elevations are changed at random until the ultimate solution is found.

A single block is multiplied to gargantuan proportions.1 . if necessary. or can be divided down into minuscule increments.MODULAR PERSPECTIVE SQUARE TO CUBE METHOD MULTIPLICATION & DIVISION OF FORMS VERTICAL SURFACE MULTIPLICATION HORIZONTAL SURFACE MULTIPLICATION REDUCTION & ENLARGEMENT MODULAR PERSPECTIVE This process allows you to draw as you think using modular forms or building blocks much like an erector set. 5 .

written dimensions or measurements from actual objects. width and depth.SQUARE TO CUBE PERSPECTIVE METHOD Up to this point we have used dimensions given to us either by plan and elevation views. In this case it is a good idea to construct forms from building blocks called cubes. To avoid distortion it works best if the front corner of the cube is near the center between the VPL and VPR or placed within a 60° cone circle. any proportion in height. This elevation can be placed in the right scale and the correct distance from the HL for desired eye level. This is only true at the center of VP's. VPL HL VPR HD STEPS FOLLOW  DEVELOPMENT OF CUBE USING SQUARE TO CUBE METHOD 5 . If the proper number of cubes can be placed together in the right numbers. width and depth can be constructed. Many times it is necessary to construct a drawing of an object that does no yet exist and whose dimensions are not yet known. The 2-Point Center. These are the same dimension in height. Measuring Points defeat the purpose of Multiplication or Division since measurements of any size can be made directly.2 . and is not always the case in other methods. The following steps show how a cube can be constructed in 2 Point Perspective from its square elevation. Left or Right Method discussed in Chapter 3 can be used also to construct a cube if measuring points are used. Note that this method works for a cube only. The system works by assuming that the Horizontal Diagonal HD is a true horizontal.

Cone of Vision and near center of the VP's and at desired distance below eye level. Construct HL with both VP's as wide apart as practical 4. Find Horizontal Diagonal (HD) by taking the vertical diagonal of the square to the horizontal base line. 5 - 6. 3 . . Draw a vertical at the found front corner. Note: This works at this location because the Horizontal Diagonal is a horizontal line at center of VP's only. 7. Place side elevation square of needed scale within the 5. Now the cube can be multiplied to other sizes. Finish the cube by taking a vertical through the found back corners. VPL HL VPR VPL HL VPR HD 3. This gives the Horizontal Diagonal Plane in true length. 2.VPL HL VPR VPL HL VPR 60° Cone of Vision 1. Plane. Use a 60° Cone VP's through the 4 corners of the Horizontal Diagonal of Vision Circle at center. Find front corner of cube by projecting lines from for your paper size and work surface. Take outside corners to both VP's. 8.

4 . The same method works in perspective.MULTIPLICATION OF ORTHOGRAPHIC AND PERSPECTIVE VIEWS Once the cube is developed. VPL HL VPR HD MULTIPLICATION OF ORTHOGRAPHIC AND PERSPECTIVE VIEWS DIAGONALS HALVES MULTIPLY MULTIPLY MULTIPLY AGAIN 5 . it can be used as a building block to construct more complex forms of different proportions. In orthographic views the divisions are made by using diagonals to find the center of each surface and then lines parallel to the sides will divide the surface in half.

B D FULL AND HALF DIAGONALS CROSS TO FIND THIRDS MULTIPLICATION/DIVISION IN ORTHOGRAPHIC AND PERSPECTIVE VIEWS  C 5 .  A Rectangle ABCD is divided in half. it can be repeated to infinity. then into thirds (three equal divisions).5 .VP USE CENTER LINE TO MULTIPLY A DISTANCE BETWEEN VERTICALS Once a multiplied space is used.

DIVIDING LINES AND RECTANGLES A A A A A A B Any Angle Join 7th to A Draw parallels 7 equal units B B B B B Example above shows how to divide a line AB into seven equal spaces using parallels. a diagonal will divide those spaces horizontally. The height is divided into the number of equal steps needed and the diagonals do the rest for you. VPL HL VP5 VPR 5 VERTICAL DIVISIONS This concept can be applied to a staircase construction. 7 divisions A A B B If a rectangle is divided vertically into equal spaces. 0 5 5 . The divisions are taken on a horizontal & fan from found VP on the HL by taking 5 through 5 to VP5 & back to each division. .6 HORIZONTAL DIVISIONS Divisions along foreshortened horizontal lines are similar except they are not equal.

7 . Radiation Radiation point and point and Point Point draw draw near center near center lines parallel lines parallel RP RP RP RP Radiate with diagonals through corners and use parallels. to original view. Pick an enlargement to original view.ENLARGEMENT & REDUCTION BY USING A RADIATION POINT RP RP Radiate lines from a chosen Radiate lines from a chosen of form. Pick an enlargement of form. 5 .

The cube is used as a building block for the larger object. 2.8 . Check the doubled height. This can be accomplished in different ways depending on which multiplication is done first. is the option of changing the size quickly. The cube can be multiplied to 4 one cube at a time or by using full diagonals of the doubled height. A line through midpoint is taken to VPL and used to multiply the cube to the left two times using half diagonals making the width 3 deep. it can then be multiplied into any proportion wanted. HD 3. by using a ruler or similar device. Cube is multiplied in height by taking the half diagonal to the extended front vertical line of the original cube. Once the cube is divided by diagonals to find its center. as noticeable error can occur. Be careful about using exact points. What makes this method so great. MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION IN PERSPECTIVE 5 . The cube side is divided by crossing diagonals.VERTICAL SURFACE MULTIPLICATION OF A 3 X 4 X 2 HIGH OBJECT. VPL VPR HL 1. without having to start all over again.

The horizontal plane can be multiplied also by using horizontal diagonals as first constructed on the original cube. This is the best approach if the object covers a large horizontal surface.9 HD HD .HORIZONTAL SURFACE MULTIPLICATION OF A CUBE TO A 3 X 4 X 2 HIGH OBJECT. 2. An overall grid can be constructed in this manner and will be discussed in the following section VPL HL VPR HD HD 1. MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION IN PERSPECTIVE 5 . In this method the height of the doubled cube is found taking the full diagonal (dashed line) from the second horizontal square. Draw additional Horizontal Diagonals through the far edge of each found square.

This means that if you want the top to remain the same distance below HL. The second diagonal will give you the depth of the second side at Y. VPL Z HL VPR Z X Y 5 . pick the top corner instead of the bottom. You can enlarge each side in proportion by drawing a diagonal from a common corner (Z) across each side. Pick the new size anywhere along this diagonal (X) and draw a new line from VPL through it and extend to the other VPR as well. VPL X Y DIAGONAL ENLARGEMENT HL VPR The common corner picked will remain stationary.REDUCTION OR ENLARGEMENT OF RECTANGLES If you draw a box shape and decide later to enlarge by some unknown scale.10 .

Once the back two walls are developed and divided equally in the back corner. Develop the grid on the walls first and then the floor. This grid has a good application for an interior showing a corner of a room. ORIGINAL SQUARE 5' HL 5 . the wall heights are projected outwards and diagonals give the vertical divisions.2 POINT INTERIOR GRID This grid was developed from a large square using the Square To Cube Method.11 . The figure adds scale with eye level at 5'.

This square can be multiplied as in previous exercise by using the HD of many multiplied squares.12 . there is a square in 2-Point Perspective on the horizontal plane.DEVELOPMENT OF HORIZONTAL PLANE The horizontal plane can be developed in several ways from the Square to Cube Method. VPL HL VPR VERTICAL SQUARE HORIZONTAL SQUARE HORIZONTAL MULTIPLICATION TO DEVELOP GRID 5 . Once the cube is developed.

VPL HL DVP VPR 5 .13 DEVELOPING THE DIAGONAL VANISHING POINT . we find that they will all converge at the same point which is exactly midway between the VP's. uses the Diagonal Vanishing Point. and the second method 2-point perspective that is derived from this process. What appears here is a horizontal plane that is divided into squares using 2 different methods. One method is to use Following are two grid variations for 1-point perspective & the Left and Right Vanishing Points.DIAGONAL VANISHING POINT If the depth diagonal of each of these squares is also projected to the horizon line. This point is called the Diagonal Vanishing Point (DVP).

VML1 2 VML2 VPL VML3 HL VPR 1 ORIGINAL SQUARE TWO-POINT GRID 5 . Each multiplication represents a square in 2-point perspective. The vertical measurements are taken along the VML which is the vertical multiples of the original square used to set up the grid. Figure below shows the development completed. This makes it possible to use any corner as the leading corner of a view or a detail within a larger drawing.14 . 3 This Grid could be used to make many different drawings with objects placed in many different locations. we are left with a 2-Point Perspective Grid.TWO-POINT GRID USING VERTICAL MEASURING POSITIONS If the lines to the DVP are removed. Other VML's can be found by using a ground line to the HL and back to different heights.

and is in 1 Point VML is the same dimension as the base the grid. Multiply that distance vertically 45° construction shown. Each at any depth in by measuring or can be reversed. Any diagonal (D-VPR) to either VP will give more grid horizontals where needed. that's slightly smaller. All lines to the VP's those to the DVP and horizontal remain.15 . VML2 VPL DVP HL VPR D 45° 45° D ONE-POINT GRID Note how distortion increases outside the Cone of Vision Circle.ONE-POINT GRID USING VERTICAL MEASURING POSITIONS Now the process are removed and This gives a grid Perspective. 5 . Figure below shows the 1 Point Perspective Grid with a stack of smaller squares using the height the same dimension as its base at that depth in the drawing.

PERSPECTIVE TRACING GRIDS Different grids have interior or exterior orientations. but in many cases are not very accurate and allow for over distortion. It is much better to develop your own trace grids that meet your specific needs. Any of the Measuring Systems will work in both 1 and 2 Point Systems. There are many "ready-made" grids available. They can be very helpful. These are examples of tracing grids that were developed for small consumer product drawings and large interior layouts.16 . 5 .

2. Outline main head. Enlarge or reduce using photo copies. 1. 3. 6. and give scale. Establish eye level. Figures can easily be changed. Figure drawing scares many people needlessly. This might take several steps. 4a. Once you have a style that works. 4b. 1. 4b. 1. 3. show how something functions. Each step is traced from the other. 3.DRAWING FIGURES INTO YOUR PERSPECTIVES Many times figures are needed in drawings to give warmth. Block in main body parts and line in arm and leg positions. Learn to simplify features and show relaxed stances. Tighten details. 5. so keep your originals on file. using simplified face and hands.17 5. 2. keeping good proportion. 5 . Add accessories to meet the requirements of the drawing and increase interest. 5. 4a. 6. . You might begin by tracing figures from pictures in newspaper and magazine ads. try these steps for more originality. 2. 4. arm and body features.

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1 .DEVELOPMENT OF MEASURING PLANE GRID 8 UNIVERSITY PLAZA UNIVERSITY PLAZA VP 5 0 8 16 24 +8 OPHEIM '92 6 .

CONSTRUCTION OF A MEASURING PLANE GRID Measuring Plane Perspective is much like any two-point system except it is based on the use of a very large Field of Vision Circle. This is appealing because the resulting view is more realistic as long as the distortion is kept under control and not over done. Draw a line 45° from the vertical at the lower corner. Connect a vertical where this angle reaches the top line. The resulting system looks very similar to a OnePoint Perspective except that all horizontal lines are not parallel and go to a distant VP. FIELD OF VISION LINE DRAWING SHEET SIZE VPR VPL STEP 1 8 STEP 2 8 HL 5 HL 5 45° 0 8 0 Draw a Horizon Line (5' here) and near one margin measure above and below in even increments making the height 8' (10' is OK). 6 . Connect each measurement line across to its corresponding measurement on the other side. The view is moved to the outermost VP (either side) and allowed to distort slightly beyond the Field. One-Point Perspective is often thought of as being rather static and uninteresting and not the way we ordinarily see things. They should be about 1/8" less per 1". On the other margin make the same measurements in slightly smaller increments.2 . This will give the first vertical measuring square representing 8' x 8'.

the diagonals cross the horizontals. 3 . This is a chosen point representing the distance of the observer from the picture plane as in many other systems. Pick a VP near the center of the first square. ing Plane. Make smaller if necessary. Moving to the right makes the floor appear deeper. This is now a completed Vertical MeasurThree is considered to be best. Take these multiples out as far as your scale allows.STEP 3 8 STEP 4 VP 8 HL 5 HL 5 24 16 8 0 24 16 8 0 Multiply the first 8' x 8' using half diagonals through the 4' Now draw diagonals for each square and place verticals where height. This makes the floor appear shallower. 6 - This means that moving the DVP to the left is the same as backing away from the view. STEP 5 8 DVP VP HL 5 24 16 8 0 Establish a Diagonal Vanishing Point (DVP) on the HL at the left border.

This gives the width lines of the grid and begins the wall on the right hand side (also a vertical measuring plane). 6 Using the DVP crossing points with the depth lines. 8. . You now have outlines of 8' x 8' squares on the horizontal plane. STEP 9 8 8 STEP 8 DVP VP 5 DVP VP 5 24 16 8 0 +8 24 16 8 0 +8 +16 +16 Draw all depth lines through all points on the ground plane forward from the VP. & 24 Draw lines from DVP through 0. 16 & 24.4 . They can be drawn to the full width as well as all verticals drawn to full height.STEP 6 8 STEP 7 8 VP DVP VP 5 DVP 5 24 16 8 0 24 16 8 0 +8 +16 Draw lines from VP through 0. 16. Connect crossing points from +8 and +16. Portions here were left out to show how each line is referenced. draw the horizontal lines of the grid. 8.

these are not walls. and use it over and over again as an underlay for drawings.5 . The idea is to do a solid job. Actually. This would be a lot of work for just one drawing. It can be flopped to make the near "wall" on the left side. but measuring planes. 8 DVP HL VP 5 24 16 8 0 +8 +16 6 .LAST STEP This shows the entire grid completed. even in ink. It is possible to measure behind the Vertical Measuring Plane by counting where the DVP crosses each depth line just like the 1-Point Perspective floor grid.

ATTORNEY 0 8 61 42 8+ OPHEIM '92 61+ INTERIOR & ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATION . Each grid square represented 1'-0".J. Notice that the walls do not necessarily fall at the vertical measuring plane and can be in front or in back of this plane.ATTORNEY J.6 J.J.J.LARGE SCALE FORMS The grid was flopped and used as an underlay for this interior study.8 5 PV PVD J.J.ATTORNEY . 6 .ATTORNEY J.

move farther inward.7 .SMALL SCALE FORMS In this case the grid square represented 1" increments.PRODUCT APPLICATION . If this is a problem. This will give less distortion to the right hand side. There is much distortion as the form gets closer to the right measuring wall. 8 DVP VP 5 24 16 8 0 +8 A +16 A OPHEIM '92 6 .

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& 12-PT.1 .DEVELOPMENT OF CIRCLES IN PERSPECTIVE CIRCLES IN PERSPECTIVE CIRCLES/ 8-PT. METHOD CIRCLES CONSTRUCTED W/ ELLIPSE GUIDES ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENTS OPHEIM '92 7 .

is not a true circle at all. The circle is so commonplace when you are working with drilled holes in surfaces.2 . 7 . The above construction is very reliable for constructing large ellipses on an orthographic plane. cylinders of various types. circular knobs protruding from a surface. It is their variations that give the ellipse its perceptual difference. cones and circular lines on spheres. This would mean that they are constructed with a consistent radius of a specific size about a center point. MAJOR AXIS MINOR AXIS HORIZONTAL PLANE VERTICAL PLANE ELLIPSE CONSTRUCTION One of the most important skills in perspective drawing is the ability to construct circles (ellipses) in perspective. This can happen on the horizontal and vertical plane as well as any other plane at any angle. radius edges. then. but an ellipse that varies considerably from a perfect circle to an ellipse that is so tight that it becomes a straight line. Every ellipse has a Major and Minor Axis. DEVELOPMENT OF ELLIPSE FROM 2 CIRCLES ELLIPSES DEFINED The definition of an ellipse is more mathematical than it is perceptual. The only time would be when the circle is at eye level and perpendicular to our line of sight. Other methods are necessary to find ellipses in perspective. Actually we seldom see a circle this way. Our perception of a circle. What we need for our purposes is the relationship of the Minor Axis (diameter of the smaller circle) and the Major Axis (diameter of the larger circle). rounded corners.CIRCLES IN PERSPECTIVE Circles are usually thought of as being perfectly round.

Horizontals through the diagonal/circle intersections are projected onto perspective surface from the VPL (not shown). STEPS: A cube composed of 3 squares in perspective.ELLIPSES IN PERSPECTIVE USING 8-POINT METHOD It is possible to project information from a circle onto a perspective plane. Construction square and circle can now be removed. 7 . This will give 4 points around the circle in addition to the 4 midpoints of the square. 2 1 3 8 4 7 A square and circle are attached to the vertical side. This is done on a vertical plane first and then projected to a horizontal plane if needed.3 8-POINT CIRCLES ON CUBE . First make a square that joins a vertical side of the perspective square. Perspective circle is then drawn using the eight points found. 5 6 Projections can be taken to the top horizontal surface in the same manner. Construct a true circle within the square and draw its diagonals. Note: Only half the circle and square is actually needed. The problem is to place a full circle on each surface. The projections can be taken to the next side using VPR (not shown) and repeated. Then project the lines where the circle crosses the diagonals into the perspective view.

7 . 1 12 11 2 3 10 4 9 5 12-PT.4 . This can be accomplished on an orthographic view as well as a view in perspective.ELLIPSES IN PERSPECTIVE USING 12-POINT METHOD Since ellipses are representing circles. The 12 points connected will give an ellipse that represents a circle within the perspective square on both horizontal and vertical planes. it is first necessary to construct a square that is the same size as the diameter of the circle. Use your VP's and diagonals to divide into 16 squares. you will be constructing an ellipse in perspective . The same constructions can be done in perspective. The rest is just the same. IMPORTANT Always make certain that you are drawing a square in perspective. If it is rectangular. CIRCLE CONSTRUCTION 8 7 6 Orthographic construction is as follows: Divide the square into 16 smaller squares following the constructions above. Then draw the diagonals of the outside sets of four squares.not a circle. Draw circle through points found at the crossing of the first grid line from each corner.

5 . For smaller circles it is more convenient to use ellipse guides. The MAJOR AXIS cannot be used because it isn't 60 degree where it should be on NOT EQUAL the ellipse guide. Therefore it is important to use the 45 degree MINOR AXIS in ellipse alignment. 30. MINOR AXIS MAJOR AXIS 7 . Complete sets include every 5° increments from 15° to 60°.CIRCLE CONSTRUCTION WITH ELLIPSE GUIDES You don't have to construct very many circles using 8-point The ellipse guide has a series of elliptical holes stamped into a and 12-point to realize that it takes a great deal of time. Below is a circle construction on a horizontal plane using 1 point perspective. Below is a set of 4 with ellipse angles of 15. The MINOR AXIS is still dividing the ellipse in half vertically. quadrants are not the same in perspective. This ellipse varies from a perspective ellipse. EQUAL done infrequently. this method is quite accurate and becomes very easy with a certain amount of practice. plastic sheet with a MAJOR and MINOR AXIS marks dividing That explains the reason that constructions of this type are the ellipse into 4 equal quadrants. because the 4 & 10° with 65° thru 85°. Trace templates are available. Ellipse guides are available individually and in sets of 4 or more depending on how many ellipse angles you want. 45 and 60 degrees. Their best application is for circles that are large. If done correctly. 15 degree The MAJOR AXIS is not half way between the top and bot30 degree tom edge of the circle. MINOR AXIS I II MAJOR AXIS III IV The more Ellipse Angles you have to work with the better. Combination ellipse guides have all 4 angles on one guide. Each angle has a series of different ellipse sizes.

When the actual minor and major axis of each ellipse is drawn. Shown below is the 8-point circle construction. extends to the opposite Vanishing Point or is vertical. cross at MINOR AXIS do not . . . the center of the square. . 2. If the MINOR cover that it perpendicular be a vertical AXIS is extended to the horizon line. The rules for ellipse alignment can be quite simple. The MAJOR and 1. . ELLIPSE ANGLE (fullness or tightness). . . you can determine the major and minor axis of the ellipse used. . diagonals of the square. 1. . ELLIPSE ALIGNMENT (minor axis to opposite VP or vertical). . ELLIPSE SIZE (perspective box measurement). goes through the center of the square. . 2. . lie on the 2. . you will discover several relationships of the ellipse to the surface it is resting on. On the top the MINOR AXIS is found to line. If you overlay the drawing with an ellipse guide of the correct size and angle. ELLIPSE ALIGNMENT ON FLAT PLANES. . is always perpendicular to the surface is rests on. relate to 3. the corners of any side. MAJOR AXIS MINOR AXIS The MINOR AXIS alignment is predictable. .CIRCLE CONSTRUCTIONS USING ELLIPSE GUIDES Constructing a circle on a flat plan with an ellipse guide involves three choices: 1. . . . . . . . . . 7 . . .6 . . The MINOR AXIS . we disgoes to the vanishing point of the side that is to it. 3. . 3.

They can't be fooled. Ellipses on the inclined plane use HL2. 7 . . They show the use of minor axis alignments perpendicular to the surface they are resting on. 2 HL VPL HL VP1 VPR OPHEIM '92 Finding correct sizes and angles follow . The ellipses below were constructed using correct alinement and angles. This inclined horizon line is found by connecting VP2 and VPL. Circles must look like circles lying on whatever plane they are on. .7 .VP2 ELLIPSE ALINEMENTS Almost everyone has the ability to perceive what objects should look like when they see a drawing. .

We have used our best judgement up to this point as to alignment and angle. . .VERTICAL PLANE ELLIPSE RELATIONSHIPS When in a search for a way to measure ellipse angles. one must look for clues from what is known. . . . the only other crossing point is at the Field of Vision edge. . 50 0 30° 40 40 45° 60 20 30 20 60° 10 0 70 80 90 50 60 70 50 60 70 80 90 0 13 50 120 110 70 100 80 90 14 0 150 160 170 180 OPHEIM '92 14 0 14 0 150 160 170 180 150 160 170 180 14 0 150 160 170 180 . Therefore. . . . . Since the HL crossing will only give the same angle anywhere within the circle. Their angles use the VPR.8 This theory can be put to use in practice . 13 0 120 110 100 13 0 120 110 100 80 90 0 13 120 110 100 Here we see that the four commonly used ellipse angles make their corresponding angles on each protractor. . 60 20 FIELD OF VISION 15° Ellipses 30° Ellipses 45° Ellipses 60° Ellipses 15° 30° 45° 60° 15° 30° 45° HL 60° VPR 10 0 40 30° 30 45° 60° 15° 0 10 30 20 10 30 40 ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENT 7 . . Once this is taken to VPL (for circles on planes facing left) we discover that the angle the vertical centerline makes VPL with the line to VPL is the same as the ellipse angle on the ellipse guide. . This vertical line must somehow give us a measured ellipse angle. . This is true for surfaces facing right as well. . the only thing they have in common is a vertical line running through the ellipse center. From these observations we can see that all the ellipses are the same vertically and change gradually as they move horizontally across the plane. .

E = Ellipse Guide 15°E 45°E 45°E *30° *47° *38° 45°E Field of Vision 40°E 30°E ç VPL ç 60°E VPR *15° 30°E 60°E ç ç *60° OPHEIM '92 Hot Stuff 7 . *Use a protractor to measure the angles between the vertical line and the line to VP. The angle formed with that vertical is the ellipse angle of the circle anywhere along the vertical line. Now.9 *47° *45° MEASURING ELLIPSE ANGLES . align the ellipse using minor axis to opposite VP.ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENT-VERTICAL PLANES The ellipse angle of any circle on a vertical plane is found by taking a vertical centerline (ç) to the edge of a Field of Vision Circle (with VP's as diameter) then to the same vanishing point that the surface goes to.

This diagram shows 3 different angles and how they were found. It also points out a very interesting fact about any angles over 45°. VPL 0 FIELD OF VISION 30° Ellipse 0 ç 180 30° 30 14 0 0 13 50 120 170 160 100 90 80 120 110 70 60 13 50 100 90 80 120 110 70 0 60 13 50 ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENT 7 . we cannot see angles that are greater and stay within the Field of Vision. This works for any location within the Field of Vision. . . It appears to suggest that when looking horizontally. it will give the angle of the ellipse. This is a horizontal line at center. . If this point is taken to either VP. To get larger we must look downward or rotate the surface.10 14 0 150 160 160 170 170 15° Ellipse 40 14 0 150 20 60 110 10 150 70 100 80 90 HL 40 VPR 30 20 15° 10 0 180 180 40 OPHEIM 30 '92 40° Ellipse 20 40° 10 0 This is how you do it .HORIZONTAL PLANE ELLIPSE RELATIONSHIPS A search for a way to measure ellipses on horizontal planes leads us to the only point that is common to all the ellipses that are the same distance below HL.

Squares below HL were drawn using the DVP. Take the horizontal centerline to the vertical ç of the circle. then to either VP. E = Ellipse Guide *15° Field of Vision (not needed here).11 OPHEIM '92 . Fit by size the square and then rotate to a vertical minor axis alignment to correct distortion. If size is not important.ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENT-HORIZONTAL PLANES The ellipse angle of any circle on a horizontal plane is found by first drawing the square and finding its center. any 1 or 2 Point VPL Measuring System will work to find squares. you can also do it without the square. *Measure angles with protractor. The angle that this line makes with the HL is the ellipse angle used within the square. 30°E *30° ç 15°E 15°E *15° DVP *30° VPR *15° ç *30° *35° 15°E 30°E 35°E 35° 7 . But.

Visually pick or measure the ellipse angle. One alternative in placing an ellipse on a surface in a certain location and size is to forget about the square that surrounds it and rely only on the vertical axis in the correct location and measurement. Construct the perspective circle using the ellipse size and alignment that best fits the requirements making sure that the minor axis goes to VP. This angle might be 32 degrees or 53 degrees. Fitting each perspective square thus becomes impossible in many cases. To make matters seem worse. You are limited to the size and scope of the set of ellipse guides you are using. This box will give the height and depth of the circle. try a fuller (wider) ellipse. the fore-shortening of the square many times makes the ellipse look turned into the surface or flat vertically. the square gives a hint. the fit is not exact because the ellipse on the guide is heavier or fuller on the back half.12 .ELLIPSE SIZE MEASUREMENT The ellipse size can be measured by drawing a box at the circle location by using any of the measuring systems. Ellipse guide circles rarely touch the square in the correct locations . This often occurs on plotted ellipses. One would think that all you would have to do is put an ellipse inside this box and that would be it. try a tighter (thinner) ellipse.that is the center of each side. Hold the height at center and allow the ellipse to go outside the square if necessary so that it will visually appear to lie on the surface. If it looks indented or turned into the surface. If it appears to be turned outward. The correct ellipse angle will take care of the circle being as wide as it is high. VML TO VPR TO VPR TO MP So. Find the height locations along the VML and then find the center vertical axis using MP. The problem is that each box requires a certain angle to fit it exactly. Since the ellipse is also a perfect ellipse and not a perspective ellipse. 7 . but does not give exact angle needed.

7 . Wrong ellipse angle & alignment . OK OK Wrong ellipse angle and correct alignment looks indented into surface.Wrong VP.hangs outward at top. Wrong ellipse angle and alignment.ELLIPSE GALORE All the ellipses on this side are wrongly chosen and aligned.13 . OK Right ellipse . Each problem is noted. Wrong alignment and ellipse angle Wrong ellipse angle with correct alignment. All the ellipses on this side are correctly chosen and aligned. Appears to float.

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1 .DEVELOPMENT OF CYLINDERS AND SPHERES STANDING CYLINDER CONSTRUCTIONS HORIZONTAL CYLINDER CONSTRUCTIONS CONSTRUCTION OF SPHERE OPHEIM '92 8 .

Full circle within a square 1 and 2-point perspective can also be used to construct cylinders lying on a horizontal plane. The illusion that is necessary to convey a cylinder is very similar to circles on flat planes. just like rectilinear forms. at or below eye level.2 . Either method works equally well. the ellipses or circles at each end are drawn within the box and then connected with tangent lines. and turned in any of 360 degrees.STANDING CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION USING SQUARE BOXES Cylinders are no more than circles extended through a third dimension. allow the ellipse to extend beyond the back line at top and bottom always keeping the minor axis vertical. Once the boxes of square cross-section are drawn in the location needed and to scale. This extreme foreshortening can give very exciting views. 8 . They can be above. If the ellipse is slightly too full. Any circle can be taken through this third dimension by using vanishing points or verticals. but should be close to the VP to avoid over distortion. Notice below that the same cylinder can be constructed by using either 1 or 2-point perspective. Cylinders are seen in almost any position relative to the viewer. Use full circles in 1-point perspective where the cylinder is pointed toward the viewer. VP1 VPL VPL HL HL VP VPL HL Minor Axis to VP HL Vertical Minor Axis This time the Minor Axis goes to the opposite Vanishing Point. Each square horizontal plane gives an easy alignment of the ellipses using ellipse guides.

Diameter VPR Height fuller and smaller ellipse at far end larger and tighter ellipse at near end This method is an exception to the rule. that both ellipses have the same major axis measurement VPR and that the ellipse gets tighter as it nears the horizon line.VERTICAL CYLINDERS WITH ELLIPSE GUIDES HORIZONTAL CYLINDERS WITH ELLIPSE GUIDES We learn from the box constructions that both top and In the same manner it is possible to construct ellipses on bottom ellipses share the same minor axis. VPR If you need measurements to give the right proportions. You can always use Chapter 6 Ellipse Angle Measurement if you need to be exact. Both methods require a fuller ellipse at the bottom end. We also can see a horizontal plane using the minor axis to VP. Using a center vertical axis line makes it possible to construct a convincing cylinder without boxes. The distance below eye level determines the fullness of both ellipses. because it uses the major axis.3 . In this case VPR measurements are eyeballed. 8 . The minor axis is still on a vertical line though the center. use a rectangle representing the height and diameter.

CYLINDER CONSTRUCTIONS Drawings of the cylinders below used "eyeball" as a basis for constructions with ellipse guides. Note the various positions of the cylinders and their ellipse angles. the ellipse angles need the same distance above the HL as they do below. Even the 15° ellipse needs some distance below the HL. For standing cylinders be careful not to work too close to the HL as very tight ellipses are needed.4 . As cylinders go above the eye level. HL VP 15° 30° 15° 45° 60° 90° 90° 15° 30° 30° 45° 60° 60° 90° 30° 45° 45° 30° 45° 45° 30° OPHEIM '92 8 . Measured ellipse angles and boxes can also be used.

The sizes get smaller along the tread line to give foreshortening to the depth. The overlap gives the illusion that one is above the other. 8 . The VP will give the correct tilt for any distance below HL. It is hard to perceive these as the same drawing. The same drawing was repeated with a 90° rotation for th e horizontal tire. The drawing construction was done using a minor axis to a distant VP.CYLINDRICAL FORMS & DRAWING ROTATION HL VPR EL L ES 185 E TIR X ON ST IP ALL 45° ELLIPSES The tire stack was created with a single ellipse angle of 45°.5 STONE TIRES LIP 18 EL OPHEIM '93 5X .

you can take the measurements from an actual camera. Minor axis goes to VPR or is vertical. A super way to do this is by using elevation views along the bottom edge of the HML. VML HML CAMERA AND LENS FACE LENS DEPTH CASE DEPTH 8 . USE MP'S A progression of ellipse angles from 45°. All 25°. 50° & 55° in different sizes are used to draw the lens portion. If you don't have these views or you don't want to take time to draw them. This makes measurements easy. Lens cap is all 45°.CONSTRUCTION OF CAMERA DRAWING The Measuring System is used to first "block-in" the main parts.6 . All 20°.

Draw all the inner detail lines using a medium line weight and then trace around the outside edge with a heavier line.7 OL YM S PU TEM -SYS OM S 0. Then you can add other objects to create interest and scale. R S 0 .5 U OLYMP 8 .CAMERA ILLUSTRATION COMPLETED It is always important to finish off all details as exact as possible.4 5 OPHEIM B 1 OM- 1 OLY MPU 2 ON 3 4 . Overlap forms and develop a strong composition by making the negative areas into interesting shapes.7 0 .

to the HML and to MP. center to locate through points on the back half. Draw elevation of the circle with the elevation of the circle any number divisions wanted. with any number divisions Project theseProject HML and to the these to wanted. then vertically then circles face on find location vertically to the circles points to find location points face on circles front half. HML Construct the circle ellipse Construct the circle ellipse using any method.on the MP.DIVISION OF A CIRCLE INTO ANY NUMBER OF EQUAL PARTS VPL MPR MPL HL VPR APPLICATION DRAWING APPLICATION DRAWING Details are now added to make Details hub now added spokes and are or pinwheel. Each point is taken through on circles front half. center to locate points taken on the Each point is back half. Draw the using any method. 8 .8 ELEVATION . to make spokes and hub or pinwheel.

This can vary depending on height requirements. Draw in each step from measurements found. Project lines to the MP to find the riser height at the center of the cylinder. Taking one step at a time. Diagram at left shows 8 of the 16 steps finished. 6. 3. 2.9 . Construct a Plan View showing how many steps there are in one revolution. PLAN VIEW 14 13 12 11 10 HL 9 VP1 MP 8 7 6 5 4 4 3 3 5 4 7 6 8 9 10 11 2 12 13 2 3 1 2 1 16 15 14 1 PICTURE PLANE 8 . Use a heavier outline to separate visually from constructions. Complete the drawing by adding those that are missing.16 VML 15 14 16 15 CONSTRUCTION OF SPIRAL STAIRCASE STEPS: 1. With the use of 1-Point Perspective. Add a VML to one side for each step riser. Add center cylinder support and trace their respective heights for each step. 4. It can get very busy. 5. transfer the Plan View onto the horizontal plane and number stations for each step. Trace the heights to their respective positions above the plan view.

Draw an ellipse that crosses where that depth line crosses the diagonal on that plane.10 .10) at key locations where the form changes abruptly and also along soft curves. Finish by drawing a curve that touches all of these found ellipses. 8. 3. 5. Take each Station Point on the Plan View vertically up the Picture Plane to the Station Point level and then in depth to the Vanishing Point. Choose Station Points (here numbered from 1 .CONSTRUCTION OF STANDING CONTOURED CYLINDERS STEPS: 1. Draw diagonal lines on each square. 2. then to their square depth using 1-Point Perspective methods. 7. 4. The different Station Points are projected horizontally to the Picture Plane. 6. Try doing this with several variations of cross section. Construct a Plan View below the Picture Plane composed of half circles which correspond to the same radii as each Station Point is from center in the elevation. Construct an elevation view of the cylinder and place to one side. The measuring point is not shown here. VP1 HL 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 6 7 4 5 6 7 8 8 9 9 9 10 3 8 42 10 1 6 7 5 PICTURE PLANE 10 PLAN VIEW 8 .

Continue on that plane to the VP1. Try adding several more and plotting their locations on the cylinder. Continue for each division.VP1 HL CONSTRUCTION OF LINES ON CYLINDERS DIVISION 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 6 7 4 5 6 7 STEPS: 1. 3. 4. Add lines on Plan View that will divide the cylinder into any number of divisions. Draw a smooth curved line through all found points. 2. They can be equal angles or varied. 6. 8 8 9 9 9 10 3 8 42 10 1 6 7 5 PICTURE PLANE 10 TOP VIEW 8 . Only one division is shown here for clarity. Beginning with a constructed cylinder using a Plan View. 5. This line will cross the ellipse on that plane in two places. Project lines from each Station Point vertically to the Picture Plane and continue vertically to the Station Level. This is where that division line will cross that ellipse.11 .

sitioning the minor axis through center of circle and moving the ellipse outward until it looks to be in the correct location. 15° thru 45° usually touch the circle unless they are very small. The angle between each ellipse can be measured directly. Various effects can then be created depending on which line you make visible. Example being. 0° Begin by drawing an ellipse of any ellipse angle with its minor and major axis through the center and with the major axis the same length as the circle's diameter. Then of course the Circle (90°) is at center. The easiest of these is a line dividing the sphere in half. there must be details added to give the 3D effect. if you want the angle between the two ellipses to be 45°.12 15° 30° 45° 60° 90° DIFFERENT ELLIPSE ANGLE LOCATIONS . Other angles can be used between these locations. They can be seen as line around the form or a line cut through the center. Next. The tight ellipses. Here the sphere may appear to have slices taken out and portion of the outer sphere are taken away. terminator or horizon line depending on Smaller circles are placed onto the sphere surface by powhich context you are referring. This can be placed at any desired slant or angle from the horizon. These can represent many things. The 60° will be just inside the circle unless it is very large. This could be called an equator. 8 .CONSTRUCTIONS OF SPHERES Spheres are nothing more than circles until they are given detailing to give them the third dimension. try to use two such ellipses in the same way. but in this case a portion of the sphere has been removed leaving a circular flat plane. They can be shaded or textured. When you are using only line work. you can measure 45° between their minor or major axis lines.

Using more angles will make it possible to place circles in about any location which should make them even more convincing.. All objects were drawn using only 4 ellipse angle templates plus a circle template. Work on a few products or forms of your own and visually choose and align each ellipse. 15°E AL L IN E Y-K G 60°E 30°E 60°E 15°E 15°E 8 .SPHERE STUDIES to VP Constructions on this page all use ellipse angles aligned to the center of the circle. Most of the ellipse choices are made by visual trial and error (eyeball).13 . PRACTICE is the key.

In the same manner construct a second vertical and a horizontal plane at cubes center. T T 4. Draw a circle on each plane using ellipse guides. 5. Using lines to both VP's. Find the center of one side where the diagonals of that side cross. 2. Draw a circle about the cubes center that runs tangent to the three ellipses.14 . This is the sphere to scale. construct a vertical plane at the cubes center. 6. Construct a cube using any measuring system. 3. Draw a vertical line at the cubes center to find touch point (T). 8 . 1.DRAWING A SPHERE TO SCALE Follow these easy steps to construct a sphere using a cube which measures the same as the sphere's diameter.

Any error would not be readily noticed and hard to prove wrong. Using the diagonals from the cube construction we can find the true center line of the sphere and the point where this line touches the surface. This center line is always slightly smaller than the final circle encompassing the sphere. See page 3-11 8 .15 . This is the point where the sphere touches the surface. This gives a fast and fairly accurate solution. The short cut employs our visual findings from the cube construc tion. The idea is to first find the center line of the sphere to scale and in the right location and then draw a circle slightly larger.SPHERE SHORT CUT Obviously the construction using a cube to find the true size of a sphere is not something you would want to do on a daily basis. HL VML Measured vertical line can be transferred to any other location and then the circle is drawn slightly larger with the line as its center.

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This location will give relatively short shadows behind and to the right or left side of the form. is fairly high and is over the left or right shoulder.Sun light source producing realistic shadows behind forms using converging light rays.Fictitious distant light source producing shadows in any direction using parallel light rays. Shadows that are cast to either side or behind an object usually reflect a good choice of light position. Light source choices depend on the subject matter. distance and direction. LIGHT LOCATION & SOURCE It is always best to have a single light source. There are 4 different types of light used in shadow plotting. 4 SHADOW TYPES COMMONLY USED: PARALLEL . The most advantageous location for the light source is one that is behind the viewer (in front of the object).SHADOW DETAILS Shadows are important additions to drawings that help give the illusion that objects are resting on a surface.Artificial near light source producing shadows in any direction using converging light rays. 9 . POSITIVE LIGHT . It is a good way to establish a strong contrast around forms. CYLINDERS & SPHERES PARALLEL SHADOWS CONVERGING SHADOWS NEGATIVE & POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOWS - .Sun light source producing realistic shadows in front of forms using converging light rays.1 SHADOW PLOTTING OF FORMS SHADOW BASICS SHADOWS ON BLOCKS. Think of the light as being a single point at a certain direction and height above the object. NEGATIVE LIGHT . CONVERGING . This shadow will not dominate. set moods and to separate the forms from their background.

the LA passes through a point on the top (A) and the GA passes through the base of the post (B) and continues to the light angle intersection (C). A vertical line from the point to the surface beneath will give that height. called the LIGHT ANGLE (LA) through that point is used to show the light ELEVATION.e. 9 - PARALLEL METHOD OF PLOTTING SHADOWS If a series of fence posts. When plotting this shadow. The shadow of the rail (D-E) added to the top goes to the same VP as the rail itself. A post (A-B) casts a shadow in the direction of the ground angle. of the LA LA LA A LA E VP LA D LA LA GA GROUND ANGLE (GA) Chosen angle indicates the DIRECTION the light is coming from. GA GA GA Shadow is located where the LA & GA cross LA GA LA GA GA C GA B SHADOW OF AIRPLANE ON THE GROUND SHADOW PLOTTING BASICS The shadow location of a point in mid-air (airplane) can be found if the distance above the surface is known. 2 . called GROUND ANGLE (GA through the ground point beneath is used to show the light DIRECTION. all the same height and in a line to VP. A line. This means that the shadow of any horizontal edge will go to the same VP as the horizontal line defining that edge. the cast shadow is actually parallel to the surface edge that is casting the shadow. the shadow of each post can be plotted in the same manner as the first one. Each light angle is parallel to the others and the ground angles are all parallel as well. The shadow is connected back to the base of the post (B-C). It is represented as a line to the same vanishing point in perspective. i. A second line.LIGHT ANGLE (LA) Chosen angle indicates the ELEVATION light as it comes from the light source.

3. Not having to find the location of the shadow of the far corner by using the SHADOW RULES will save time without the loss of accuracy. 2. These same rules can be used on all solid box forms. LA E Hot Stuff D C F B LA LA GA Arrows go to VPR GA GA A 9 . HORIZONTAL LINE RULE All horizontal edges cast shadows that are parallel to them and go to the same VP. SHORT CUT The shadow will go in the Ground Angle direction until it reaches the Light Angle and then will go to the same vanishing point as the top edge. several observations become apparent that can be used to create rules which always apply. See C-D. SHADOW RULES: 1. See A-B. VERTICAL LINE RULE All vertical edges cast shadows in the Ground Angle direction.3 . Once this is done. See E-F. the shadow is found by using 2 sets of LA's & GA's. ANGLED LINE RULE Shadows of angled edges are plotted by finding the shadow of both end points using GA's & LA's.SHADOWS OF VERTICAL PLANES If a solid vertical wall casts a shadow behind and to one side.

Find the shadow of the other corners by using parallel light and ground angles to the original ones. The shadow lines are projected to VP's. Choose one of the corners and place a point on the ground where you want the shadow of that corner to be.4 . working in reverse connect the point to the top and bottom of the corner line. LA LA GA LA LA This method used 3 LA's and 1 GA. LA GA POINT GA GA LA LA LA LA VP HL O GA RA N CI G TY E GA GA 9 . Decide what surfaces will get direct light and which side of the box should get the most light. There are many possible combinations of light and ground angles. Minimal use of GA's and LA's to develop shadow using VP's to find shadow parallel to edges. This gives you complete freedom of choice. Shorten the time by using the SHADOW RULES whenever possible. This gives you the light angle and ground angle used to find that point. Now. determine a light source.SHADOWS OF HORIZONTAL & VERTICAL PLANES LA LA GA GA LA GA This method used 4 LA's and 4 GA's LA PARALLEL SHADOWS OF BOX FORMS / EXTERIOR First.

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PARALLEL SHADOWS OF BOX FORMS / INTERIOR The shadow into the box interior is found in much the same manner as the shadow outside. Interior shadows differ from exterior shadows as they pass over both horizontal and vertical surfaces. The exterior shadow of the box has shadows on horizontal surfaces only. The shadow of the nearest corner is found to be inside the box. This corner shadow will connect to the front exterior shadow and will have a ground angle into the box at the same angle as the exterior ground angle. There is only one corner shadow inside the box. The shadow must now connect from the interior shadow corner to the wall, in the direction of the exterior corner shadow, and then angled up the wall to the opposite diagonal corner from which it started. This angled line on the wall is not always seen. It depends on which surface is visible. 9 - 5

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SHADOW SAVVY An awareness of which edges on a form cast the shadow will always help determine which step or rule to follow. Shadow plotting always involves the use of a light angle through a point in the air and a ground angle through a point directly beneath it. A certain amount of connecting of points must be done to complete any shadow. As the shadow solutions become more complex it is necessary to develop a more sophisticated shadow logic to complete the solution. This may mean simplifying more complex forms to something that you understand and work back, one step at a time, until the final shadow is found. It may also require that vertical planes might need to be added or extended temporarily and then removed (AB). If there is doubt about a solution, check it by using a point along an edge at (C) and plot the shadow of that point. If it is found on the line in question it will prove it correct, or show where it should be.

A light angle AB is drawn to the edge of the jamb showing where the angle shadow must go. Where this line crosses the walls at C.SHADOW PLOTS OF DOORWAYS AND WINDOWS Below are two ways to plot the same shadow of a door or window top (header) and the side upright (jamb). 9 . Version 1 is probably the easiest and is done by placing a solid wall or door on the inside wall thickness and find the flagpole shadow of the jamb and header on the door at B and then project that to VP.8 GA . D LA D VERSION 1 VP HL C C B VP A GA LA VP B B HL VP A A VERSION 2 This solution uses the crossing shadow pattern on the ground of the back jamb and the leading header. Then a shadow line is drawn to the front corner. an angled line CD is drawn to the front corner.

9 . The flap shadows are found by putting the GA through a point on the surface below the flap corner.BOX WITH FLAPS CONSTRUCTION & SHADOW All flaps are drawn to VP1. you use the center point beneath the apex for GA. The shadow of the corner is found inside the box also and is projected to the upper right back corner for inside shadow. VP1 LA VPL HL GA LA CONSTRUCTION & SHADOW OF PYRAMID GA Since a pyramid doesn't have vertical walls. Connect this point to all corners. Shade all surfaces within visual shadow. This is always the case for anything floating off the surface.9 . This gives you the shadow of the apex on the surface.

several points around the top perimeter are used to plot the shadow. Then it's just a matter of shifting the ellipse guide to the position and using a vertical minor axis through that found point. Use a French Curve or ellipse template to connect the points in as smooth an ellipse as possible. This ellipse is then connected to the bottom ellipse by Ground Angle to give the shadow of the sides. Since there are no corners. to the base of the cylinder to give the inclusive shadow of the sides. If the minor axis is turned along the ground angle line.PARALLEL SHADOWS OF STANDING CYLINDERS Shadows of curved forms can be more complex. but follow the same principles as box forms.10 . Connect this shadow using ground angles. LA LA 3 4 5 LA 6 8 CORE SHADOW 2 3 4 5 1 6 10 9 8 7 2 3 4 5 1 10 6 7 9 8 GA GA GA ALTERNATE METHOD CONSTRUCTION FAST METHOD 9 . Sometimes it is helpful to put additional light angles at the outside edges. SHORT CUT The shadow of the top is elliptical and relates to the ellipse that defines the bottom of the cylinder. Use parallel Light Angles through each point on the top and parallel Ground Angles through each point around the base. The ellipse might be slightly tighter. The core shadow is a vertical line located where this side shadow line runs tangent to the base ellipse. Each point is connected to a point directly beneath by a vertical line. The shadow passes through were each set of lines cross. but for short shadows which are 2 1 10 9 7 half hidden behind the form. The alignment of the ellipse is with the minor axis in the vertical direction. This can be done visually in the same way circles are positioned on horizontal planes. it is possible to use the same ellipse that was used to draw the bottom of the cylinder. If the shadow gets longer due to low light angle. the ellipse angle used must gradually decrease (get tighter) as the ellipse gets closer to the horizon line. The top is a circle on the horizontal plane and casts a shadow that is also a circle on the horizontal plane. it will distort the ground surface. draw the shadow ellipse. GA's & LA's can be drawn through these points to find the center of the ellipse. The position of the ellipse can be determined by single points at the top and bottom center of the cylinder.

Connect a-c with a slightly curved line. 1 " -25° º 1 " -30° ¡ 30° For longer shadows. Then use the same diameters in the shadow ellipses.e.. Ellipsesdei.11 . Go vertical to (c). use a Light Angle through the centers of each ellipse and a single Ground Angle through the base ellipse. but are thecasting them. minor axis gradually tighten as they approach HL creases) as are the same diameter but they approach the HL. making them all the same LA ellipse angle with minor axis vertical. as the circle same diameter (major axis stays the same) as the circle casting them. 30° 30° 30° 30° LA GA 2•"D 2"D LA LA 1º"D 1¡ "D 2•"-20° 2"-20° GA c a b Take GA back from ground shadow (a) to inside wall edge (b). GA 9 .PARALLEL SHADOWS OF CYLINDRICAL OBJECTS For shapes with various diameters casting short shadows. ellipse angles Keep all Minor Axis gradually decrease (tightenvertical.

Flagpole Rule at work.PARALLEL SHADOWS OF CYLINDRICAL OBJECTS (CONTINUED) LA CORE SHADOWS Flagpole Rule at work. DRIP LINE Shadow on inner cylinder from overhang is plotted using several "flag poles" around edge and finding each shadow point on the cylinder wall. GA 9 .12 . VERTICAL MINOR AXIS ALIGNMENTS GA LA TANGENT PT. Then connect points with a smooth curve.

The shadow can go in front or behind the form depending on the ground angle direction. which was used to establish the end plane of the cylinder. through the touch point of the cylinder end. Draw LA's & GA's through these points to construct the shadow. it can be used to find points beneath any point on the end ellipse. Note that there are two light angle lines for each ground angle. Connect the points found by the intersections of the light and ground angles with a curve or ellipse guide. Add vertical lines across the form. This construction shows several aspects of this type of shadow. 9 . and doesn't cross the base line.13 . The shadow is a tight ellipse that touches both LA's & passes through the touch point "T". LA BL GA GOD WE TRUS IN T LA LIBERTY 1992 D GA BL SHORT CUT VERSION -See next page for details.PARALLEL EXTERIOR SHADOW OF HORIZONTAL CYLINDERS If a BASE LINE (BL) is drawn from the vanishing point.

a point at the center of the cylinder can be added to show how far in front or back the shadow is cast. A light angle through A and a GA through T will show at B how far the shadow is cast behind or in front of the cylinder. touches both LA's and goes through T and cannot cross over the BL. The shadow goes through B. This locates 4 points for the shadow ellipse.SHORT CUT Since we know that the shadow is an ellipse and that it passes through known points. This offers a fairly fast and accurate method of shadow plotting.14 KALEIDOSCOPE GA T . Find this point A above the touch point (T) with a vertical line. Repeat at the far end if necessary. A LA BL B LA A B BL T GA 9 .

From C draw a line back to the vanishing point to where it crosses the Light Angle at L. how far it is from the front edge and which direction it will slightly curve. From point B draw a Light Angle to the edge of the cylinder C. From the far vanishing point construct a line to the base line B.PARALLEL INSIDE SHADOW OF HORIZONTAL CYLINDER The shadow on the inside is much more complicated as there seems to be an optical illusion as the convex surface casts it's shadow on a concave surface resulting in an almost straight line. T GA BL 9 . This will give you enough points to see how straight the line is. It might be a good idea to look at a cylinder under different light conditions to get a visual idea of what the shadow looks like. but the shape is similar to a "pancake" laying against the curved concave surface of the cylinder. Shading will diffuse the shadow at the top and bottom edges.15 . The Light Angle and Ground Angle from this point will give a point P on the surface. B LA C L P The inside shadow can be plotted from the exterior shadow on the surface beneath the cylinder. Repeat this using 2 additional points along the top edge. Point L is the shadow of point P inside the cylinder. Begin with the point above the touch point.

SPHERE SHADOW CONSTRUCTION A sphere shadow is constructed using a CORE SHADOW (terminator of light). CORE SHADOW (Terminator) T TOP VIEW T T GA LA CORE SHADOW (Terminator) Core Drip Line CORE SHADOW (TERMINATOR) T TOP VIEW T T GA 9 . Once plotted it can be seen that the shadow is an ellipse that touches the light CORE SHADOW (Terminator) LA angles from each outer edge and is slightly tipped upward as it goes behind the sphere or downward when it goes in front.16 . the shadow can be plotted. If points around the core are used with their corresponding points on the ground (drip line) in the same fashion as on the cylinder. The shadow is also seen under the form and would be going around the touch point (T) of the sphere. This touch point is near the bottom on a vertical line through the center of the sphere. This core line is an ellipse about the center of the sphere and is perpendicular to the LA. Shadows that don't look right are usually constructed using poorly chosen terminators and drip lines..

COMMON VARIATIONS: LA LA SHORT CUT takes practice. but its much faster. The shadow ellipse touches both LA's.17 . Avoid too much tilt or it will look like it's rolling down hill.SHORT CUT METHOD & STEPS The BAD NEWS is that there is no proven method to find the core shadow or terminator. We are free to pick our own ellipse angles and determine the shadow using known points and observations found by plotting with a sample sphere. Even if there was. is slightly tilted into the form for light in front and out from the form for light from behind.LA AS MINOR AXIS CHOOSE SHADOW ELLIPSE AND POSITION TOUCHING BOTH LA's AND MINOR AXIS VERTICAL. 5 LIGHT FROM FAR RIGHT SPHERE IS NEAR HL LA LIGHT FROM BEHIND SPHERE IS NEAR HL LA LA LA LIGHT FROM FAR RIGHT SPHERE IS LOWER LIGHT FROM BEHIND SPHERE IS LOWER MOVE UP AND DOWN UNTIL THE SPHERE LOOKS NEITHER FLOATING OR INDENTED AND TILT INTO OR OUT OF FORM A FEW DEGREES 9 . 1 2 LA LA T DRAW CIRCLE & TOUCH POINT USE 2 LA's @ CIRCLES EDGE 3 4 LA LA DRAW CORE ELLIPSE . The GOOD NEWS is that we don't need a method to be convincing. It is always found arbitrarily. Any plotted shadow will be no better than your best guess as to the core ellipse angle. The short cut version of a sphere shadow plot depends on a core ellipse of your choice (usually 30° or 45°) which is perpendicular to the LA. The shadow ellipse angle (like a cylinder shadow) is determined by how far the shadow is below the eye level. it would probably be too time consuming and complicated to warrant every day use.

The shadow on both the vertical and horizontal surfaces is an ellipse.18 . GA's DRIP LINE Here the shadow is found on both surfaces and connected together by the LA's giving the location of the portion of the top shadow that overhangs the edge. GA 9 .SPHERE SHADOW ON WALLS AND FLOOR Core LA's When spheres float above a surface. LA's LA GA For any floating object you must know where the ground is. This is the only way to be able to use a GA. the shadow plot uses the center point and Drip Line of the form on the ground and plotted using the GA's and LA's similar to before.

9 . LA's are then used to transfer the points where the two shadows cross to the surface of the cone on each of the lines added on the cone face. The shadows of the box and cone are first found on the ground. Several lines are added on the face of the cone adjacent to the box and their shadow determined by connecting them to the apex shadow point of the cone.SHADOW SOLUTION OF A BOX FORM ONTOFORM ONTO SHADOW SOLUTION OF A BOX A CONE A CONE.19 .

Slanted surfaces require additional plotting to find the shadow direction up the plane.CAST SHADOWS ONTO OTHER FORMS Many times the shadows are cast onto other forms. LA shows where the point is located. 9 . There are thousands of possible shadows. Here are just a few possibilities. . the direction up the side is found. As the GA hits this plane and goes vertical to the outer edge of the pyramid and returns to where it strikes the bottom. This helps determine which corners need to be found on the object. C Flagpole Rule in action. Use the diagonal vertical plane ABC of the pyramid to find the direction of movement up the slanted surface. They all use the "flagpole" process of finding a shadow of a point on a wall. LA LA LA A GA GA Find the pyramid apex on ground first and then run a vertical at the wall and transfer to the LA.20 B GA Always find the shadow on the ground first.

C A Flagpole Rule in action. Just angle up the wall to that point and then to VPL. The result is an elliptical shadow.21 . The LA shows how far up the incline the shadow is. 9 .MORE CAST SHADOWS ON FORMS For cylinders use a series of flagpoles around near edge and plot each point. Point B above connected to C gives the direction of the shadow. Here the flagpole shows the back corner location. B LA LA LA LA GA GA All shadows should be found on the ground first and then plotted onto a surface. Take a GA to A the vertical plane of the inclined surface.

Once this is found the pedestal shadow angle is used to the edge of the block and then taken to VP along the side. Start by finding the shadow on the ground and then find the shadow on the block by extending the end wall to the outside of the bench and use line AB to define the shadow if the pedestal were to be flush with the side. A fourth GA is used to connect the shadow at the far end of the block.. .. Refer to the cylinder end shadow plots or the standing penny to help do this. VROOM LA GA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA GA DRIP LINE GA LA GA GA GA LA's LA GA GA DRIP LINE GA GA LA B A DRIP LINE GA When a bench is supported by a block.22 .SHADOWS OF FLOATING FORMS The shadow of a box "floating" above a surface can be found by using single GA's through the "Drip Line" corners with LA's pairs through points above.. 9 Finding the shadow of a toy truck is not much different than the bench except the cylindrical wheels add curved forms under the truck.. LA THIS END UP LA VROOM. the shadow may strike this block as well. Otherwise the same rules apply.

The interior shadow cast by the underside of the front corner onto the inside surface is found by using a LA at the corner and by projecting the GA on the ground back to that plane surface and vertically up to the horizontal surface to show the path of the "GA" on that plane. one drawn using one VP the other using two VP's. It is important when doing this that both objects use the same Horizon Line. Use VP lines through B and verticals at the corners to complete the Drip Line. Not a GA LA LA LA Not a GA GA LA VPL GA LA VPL LA GA DRIP LINE A VPR LA LA GA VPR VP1 VPL GA B DRIP LINE GA VPR GA 9 . The other horizontal planes must have a different angle. Then use pairs of LA's and GA's to complete the shadow plot. AB is such a line. This construction is developed from two separate drawings. The first step is to find the Drip Line of the top box. Another way is to take the GA to the HL and draw back to the wanted corner.23 .MORE SHADOWS OF FLOATING FORMS The "floating" form below uses the same principle as the box for the ground shadow. GA's are only on the ground. This is found by using one of the points where both boxes cross.

Many variations of light sources are possible and each casts its own type of light. GAVP 9 . LAVP LAVP GAVP Converging Light shadows are cast by a light source that is close to the object. All Light Angles go to the LAVP and Ground Angles go to the GAVP.CONVERGING LIGHT SHADOW A converging light shadow is used for existing light conditions most often within a room. The shadow is spread out wider than the object and can be in any direction from the light. This means that the LAVP location is important to the overall effect. LA's are chosen points and GA's are directly beneath on the same surface as the shadow.24 .

Once set up.CONVERGING LIGHT SHADOW OF INTERIOR SURFACES & FORMS When the light is within a room. Any light source will have Convergence Points (CP) located at the same height and perpendicular to the LAVP at each of the four walls and the floor. 25 . Whatever the case. The light angles all go to the light source and the ground angles go to a point 9 - on the ground beneath the light source or from the Convergence Point (CP). CP LAVP CP(bookcase end) CP CP(back wall) VP CP (shelf) GAVP When shadows are cast by a known light source within a room. use converging light and ground angles. Lines from CP's are used just like Ground Angles on floors. it is best to think of the light as the center location of several light sources or possibly the point where light bounces off the ceiling from a table lamp below. the shadow plot is easier. The CP on the floor in this case is called the GAVP. pick a point that will give a believable shadow from the light source being used. CP's are used to find the angle of shadow down walls and partitions.

26 .SKYLIGHT LIGHT SOURCE CP CP CP LAVP CP VP HL GAVP Set up Light Source and Convergence Points. CP CP LAVP SKYLIGHT LIGHT SOURCE CP VP HL GAVP 9 .

This is not the case with Parallel Shadow plot. 7.POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW STEPS Shadows cast in front of forms can be done in all methods.27 Crackers Crackers Crackers . This is the location of all the ground angles GAVP. LAVP LAVP VP HL VP HL GAVP VP HL GAVP 9 . From the dot draw a line through the point below the corner and extend to the HL. This is the actual light source as in converging method except it represents a very distant light at the horizon such as sunlight. 4. 5. Draw the form using any method. Draw GA's and LA's through top and bottom corners to complete shadow. Pick a corner and decide where you want the shadow of that corner to be. One Point Perspective was used here. 2. 1. 3. Positive light method. This is the LAVP where all LA's go to. 6. gives a more realistic version as the shadow gets larger as it gets closer. Draw a line from the dot through the chosen corner to where it intersects the vertical from GAVP. however. Place a dot at that location. Draw a vertical line from the GAVP.

28 .LAVP POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW INTO A ROOM Here we get into some really interesting shadow possibilities. Light streams into the room from what is obviously the sun. LA LA LA GAVP VP GA GA GA 9 . This offers a back light to objects along with a very striking shadow effect. Details outside around the outside are not necessary to the shadow plot and are not usually shown.

however.POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW INTO A ROOM Light streams into the room. The effect is a more direct light direction. Even though in reality this is impossible. i.e.29 . to have LA a shadow line on a wall the light must be in some other location than in line with the wall. the effect is believable. The LA can be a shadow line in this position only. the GAVP is at the VP. LAVP LA LA VP GAVP GA GA 9 . This time.

This does not occur in the Parallel Method. 3. This is the Light Angles Vanishing Point (LAVP) for the object. If you move this point. LAVP Shadow appears to foreshorten (smaller) as it approaches the HL. From the top corner draw a LA through that point. Complete the shadow plot using the LAVP and GAVP much the same way as in Converging Light Shadow.30 . The LAVP is the opposite point from the actual light source. 6. 8. This intersection is the Ground Angle HL GAVP VP HL GAVP VP 7. For example if the LAVP is lowered. 5. 2. VP HL VP 1. Place a dot at that location. Draw a vertical line from the GAVP to where it crosses the LA. 9. LAVP 9 . the light will move in the opposite direction. Pick a single corner and decide where you want the shadow of that corner to be. it would have the effect of raising the light source. Also draw a GA through the point from the corner beneath and extend to the HL. Negative light shadow will give this illusion and the effect of sunlight casting a shadow behind the form.NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOW STEPS Shadows of large forms need to be foreshortened to look right. Draw the form using any method. VP HL GAVP VP 4.

31 . LA HL GAVP Ground shadow crossing points (at dots) can be transferred by LA to find the shadow cast on the form. Ground shadow crossing points (at dots) can be transferred by LA to find the shadow cast on the form. Negative Light Shadow can be used on any form. Once you get used to the idea that the LAVP is below the GAVP it becomes fairly easy.NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOW APPLICATION This method looks best when we can see the entire shadow under a form and loses its effect when our view is blocked. GA LAVP 9 . It does seem to give the most realistic shadow effect.

32 . This gives a rather sideways shadow effect across the floor and onto the wall. The outlines and mullions need not show.NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOWS FROM WINDOW WALL The GAVP is placed at the far right. VP GAVP LAVP 9 . Works well to show exterior light coming into a room and illuminating certain details.

This gives a shadow and is again the exception to the rule a shadow.WINDOW WALL NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOWS INTO ROOM The GAVP is placed at on the wall and floor that a LA cannot be however. an interior a terrific light effect. and can give the Vanishing Point. VP GAVP LAVP 9 . The effect is quite believable.33 .

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1 .DESIGN NGISED A STUDY IN REFLECTIONS OF FORMS VERTICAL & HORIZONTAL MIRRORS CONCAVE MIRRORS CONVEX MIRRORS 10 .

Below we have the same solution except two lines are used through a mid-point at the mirror. When the object is touching the mirror or two mirrors are touching in a 90 degree corner. These give the location of the object reflection and also the reflection of the space between the object and the mirror.2 . VP MID-POINT MID-POINT VP MID-POINT @ MIRROR VP ALTERNATE SOLUTION Here is another way to find the same solution. 10 . This gives the multiplied depth of the second box or mirror at the floor. There is not much advantage. Notice that when the object is parallel to the mirror. but you might prefer using points outside the drawing. the reflections are found by taking a line from the top leading corner through the mid-point of the side that is touching the floor. thus producing the foreshortened mirror image.REFLECTION OF BOX FORMS INTO VERTICAL SURFACES Mirror image reflections are based on multiplications in perspective. its reflection is in the same direction and shares the same vanishing points. There is no change of angle or direction.

REFLECTIONS INTO WALL AND CORNER OF VERTICAL SURFACES METRO TRUST VP MIDPOINT ATM MTA HL MID-POINTS Mid-points again are used to find the reflections into a corner and along a partially mirrored wall. 10 . Shadows on the ground and objects reflect as well. but are not cast onto the mirror itself. Reflections overpower the cast shadow.3 .

Sizes are found using VP's. In this case the horizontal surface of the plate is used. Usually values and line weight is lighter in the reflection. 10 .4 . ALTERNATE METHOD: Use vertical Centerline to find distance to mirror and double.REFLECTIONS OF FORMS INTO VERTICAL SURFACES Any form can be multiplied into a reflecting surface using diagonals.

EQ. EQUAL EQUAL EQ. Any point on a vertical line can be doubled using the point of ground contact.5 . 10 .REFLECTIONS OF OBJECTS INTO A HORIZONTAL MIRROR VP1 HL PARFUM EQ. The construction uses distances that are doubled vertically on each object. EQ. EQ.

This is the distance to the mirror plane. Equal Equal Water Level Equal Equal 10 . but in the water reflection.Equal Water Level Equal vertical divisions are used here as well. the water level under the form is used instead of ground level.6 Equal .

This will give the corner points of a card placed in front of a convex mirror. As you would expect. Boxes and other forms require additional circular rings through all corner points. HL 10 . the card appears larger in the mirror.REFLECTION ON CURVED CONVEX MIRROR Any ground line that is taken from the center of the circle (mirror plane) to the HL and brought back to a point above will define the height of the reflection for any depth. Find their positions using mid-points as discussed in 10-2.7 ..

TOP VIEW 10 . DIRECTION is found observing Find the squares reflection using circles through square side centers and corners. use a circle through each corner and use a line to cylinders center. Each straight line appears to curve slightly at first and then dramatically up the side of the cylinder. HEIGHT is found observing a round circular disk.CONVEX MIRROR REFLECTION THEORY Following are two observations made using a standing cylinder as a convex mirror. It reflects elliptically onto the surface where the edge of the disk passes behind the cylinder.8 . TOP VIEW Card reflection is found using circles through corners and lines from cylinders center to each card corner. Reflections appear to be pinched together and stretched vertically. TOP VIEW TOP VIEW a series of circles and lines radiating out from center. If off center. This means that the reflection height of any ground point of an object can be found using a circle around the center of the cylinder and its reflection around the cylinder.

Standing card is similar to horizontal card except the second circle is drawn above the other. This gives the height location for the top edge of the card. Top and bottom curves around cylinder following the surface.

TOP VIEW

TOP VIEW
Follow the same techniques as the box except use only one point on the top..

TOP VIEW

The box uses both the horizontal and standing card techniques.
TOP VIEW

The pencil shows how circles around center gives different height locations on the cylinder. Ends up as an exaggerated curve upwards as it gets farther away.

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HORIZONTAL CYLINDER REFLECTION Below is a rather simplified version of refections of a pole into a cylinder. Reflections of other forms can be found by taking lines from corners or centerlines perpendicular to the cylinders surface i.e. to the opposite VP. Draw ellipses around the cylinder at these points. Lines from details are then drawn to the centers of the corresponding ellipses to find the location and size of the reflection.

HORIZON LINE

REFLECTION OF HORIZON
ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEW

Several relationships are used here. They are based on the relationship of a Horizon to the cylinders surface. The horizon reflection is found to run around the center of the cylinder and can be traced around the form by using vertical lines at the edges of the ellipse at both ends. The horizon is located where this vertical is tangent to the ellipse. See points A, B & C. All reflections of objects on the ground plane relate to the horizon line on the form and are found near it.

C

A

B

REFLECTION OF POLE

PERPENDICULAR TO CYLINDER

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REFLECTIONS INTO SPHERES Below is a simplified version of pole and ball refections into a sphere. The drawing on the following page shows shaded reflections on the basic forms. These have been somewhat simplified as well, but are intended to show locations of reflections and their different directions on each type of surface. The reflections can be seen as working perpendicular to or into all surfaces. Reflections should give a "see in" effect and appear to be into the surface and not on it.

HORIZON LINE

ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEW

Several predictable reflection locations can be found in and around the horizon line. This is the reflection of the earths horizon at infinity. The ellipse angle used is dependent on how far below the eye level the sphere is. The reflection of the viewer is always at dead center. The size of this shape and also how detailed it needs to be is dependent on the distance the viewer is from the sphere. This is somewhat arbitrary. You can make it any size you want. It is best to keep this somewhat non-descript and anyone viewing this drawing must imagine their own image in the reflection. So, keep it simple. Everything else is found by taking lines to the center of the sphere.

VIEWERS REFLECTION REFLECTION OF HORIZON POLE REFLECTION

BALL REFLECTION

SHADOW REFLECTION

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12 .HIGHLIGHT & REFLECTION OF BASIC FORMS OPHEIM '92 10 .

1 .A STUDY IN ROTATIONS OF FORMS VERTICAL & HORIZONTAL ROTATIONS 45° ROTATION 90° ROTATION A B BA B A BA BA C C C C C C 11 .

forming the rotated side. Draw tangent lines to the circle to where they cross . The cube has some distortion. VPL R VPR A A R 4. SIDE VIEW More Stuff 1. Construct a cube using any method. Find and extend diagonal lines to their respective vanishing points located above and below the VPL.ROTATION OF CUBE AROUND A HORIZONTAL AXIS A This rotation is based on sound principles although the final view leaves a little to be desired. Pick points A & R where both cubes cross the same point. 6. 3. but when multiplied into other proportions.2 . it looks OK. Complete by drawing lines through R 11 . 2. 5. Construct a circle on that side.

MULTIPLICATION OF A ROTATED CUBE The multiplication is the same as one which is on the vertical plane. projections are made from key points on the front to the back using the box edge. VPL VPR 11 . You can use as many grid lines as you want. The letter was first constructed in orthographic (usually found that way in type books) and enlarged using a grid similar to the multiplied box. Find the shape on the front side and then again on the back edges. as in this case.3 a . This allows for any proportion to be found. Here the cube was multiplied to a 3 wide x 2 high x 1 deep box. A back grid can be used or.

Pick a SP at your distance from CV and also pick an angle of incline for the object and draw that line to a point above CV to find the Rotation VP. width and height of the object. 2. Continue the drawing as usual adding details..4 . 4. ROTATION VP ROTATION MP ANY ROTATION ANGLE CV HL 90° 90° SP HML LENGTH WIDTH HEIGHT HEIGHTS VP HEIGHTS MP 11 . This looks a bit complicated. Draw an HML at desired eye level. 5. but given a chance it will prove to be a great way to lay out a system on paper that can be reused as often as you want. etc. Do these steps: 1.MEASURING METHOD FOR ROTATED FORMS IN ONE-POINT PERSPECTIVE We're going to get a little heavy here with some rather fancy layouts for measuring a rotated form. 6. Draw a line 90° from this line to a point below the CV to find the Heights VP. Draw a HL and pick a CV where you want to see the object from. 7. With Heights VP as center draw an arc from SP to a horizontal position at Heights MP. Find the Rotation MP by using the Rotation VP as center and drawing an arc from SP to a horizontal position. 3. measure the length. Following the diagram.

draw an arc up to a point horizontal to the Rotation VP from the MPL. etc. Draw a HL with both VPL and VPR. This is the Rotation MP. 2.MEASURING METHOD FOR ROTATED FORMS IN TWO-POINT PERSPECTIVE Here again it is pretty much the same bailiwick. but not much harder than in One-point. measure the length. 4. Using that point as a center. 6. The Measuring System Circle was used here. With a line 90° from the chosen rotation angle at MPL draw a line to a point below VPL to find the Heights VP. 3. ANY ROTATION ANGLE ROTATION VP ROTATION MP VPL HL MPR CV VML NOT USED MPL VPR 90° 90° HML DEPTH WIDTH & HEIGHT P HEIGHTS VP HEIGHTS MP 11 . This time there are of course two vanishing points involved which means more plotting. Using that line as a radius find a point horizontal from Heights VP to reach Heights MP. 5. Continue the drawing as usual adding details.. This is the Rotation Vanishing Point. 7.5 . Do these steps: 1. From MPL draw a line at the desired rotation angle to a point above VPL. but predictions of MP locations will work just as well. Establish a Standard Measuring System of any type discussed in Chapter 3. width and height of the object. Following the diagram.

The result is quite a surprise. This is very useful when seeing into the top of the form is important. One way to break away from this monotonous point of view is to take a standard construction and rotate it through a 90 degree rotation. Once the construction lines are erased. . it is very difficult to tell now the object was drawn. . You can see how different this box looks after it is rotated. Then rotate .giving us a look into the top surface. 11 .6 0 VPL VPL HL HL . The rotation can be used with any subject matter or object. We are given a view of a form that appears to be rotated into our horizontal line of sight . Systems usually demand our perception of objects to be tied to this horizontal line of sight concept.90° ROTATION OF BOX FORMS VPL VPL HL HL VPR 90 90¡ First construct a shape on its side by using any of the conventional methods.

The difference here is taking out a ceiling instead of taking out a leading wall. Actually there is not much difference in concept when looked at from that point of view.  11 .As details are added the drawing becomes more believable and gives an interesting interpretation of an area that defines space. One can imagine moving about within that space.7 .

1 POINT VIEW DRAWN IN A ROTATED POSITION Objects that are drawn in an unexpected way can attract more attention and make interesting drawings out of uninteresting subject matter. The view can be changed dramatically by moving the VP1. It can even be outside the view giving a look at one of the outside walls making it similar to the 2-point version on the previous page.8 ONE-POINT INTERIOR DRAWN IN 90° ROTATION . This can be an advantage in layout as the drawing can be used vertically or horizontally. Once drawn. This is not true of any other drawing. This was accomplished by drawing the interior as it would appear with the ceiling removed and the point of view from above looking straight down from a point directly above the Vanishing Point 1. This is not difficult as the only difference is the trading of dimensions. All height dimensions become depth and the length or width is drawn as the height. VP1 11 . you can rotate this drawing in any direction and it will communicate.

ROTATION OF CUBES ON HORIZONTAL VERTICAL AXIS ROTATION OF CUBES ON HORIZONTAL &&VERTICAL AXIS HL A B A C C B A A B A B B A C C C B A C C B A C B C Above Measuring System drawings show views that are drawn in different locations between the VP's. but they have been moved to different positions. They appear to have been rotated along a vertical axis. The third row shows the same blocks with a slight horizontal rotation.9 . This means they no longer share the same Vanishing Points but do share the same Horizon. C B A A B A B B A C C C C TILTED BOXES WITH HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL ROTA- C 11 . They are all parallel to each other as they share the same Vanishing Points. They are traced in this position giving an impression of floating blocks with tilted horizons. In the second row we see the same blocks.

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1 OPHEIM '92 .AFT THREE-POINT PERSPECTIVE CIRCLE METHOD RANDOM CHOICE METHOD CORRECTION METHOD PROS & CONS BIRDS EYE VIEW AFT WORMS EYE VIEW 12 .

The third vanishing point is actually at the center of the earth.THREE-POINT PERSPECTIVE CONVENTIONAL CONSTRUCTION This variation of the measuring system uses an HML at the top corner of the view at point-X.2 . It is therefore much better to get the VP3 as far away from the view as possible. This gives the illusion of seeing a slight foreshortening in the vertical direction as we see them. Measure the same as usual and use VP3 instead of verticals. Lines through Y & Z from their respective Vanishing Points intersect at VP3. VPL VPL MPR MPL CV VPR HML X Y VML Z MPR MPL CV VPR HML X Y VML VP3 Z There is a problem of overdoing this phenomenon. This would take a very large sheet of paper. 12 . Lines are taken from both Vanishing Points through X to locate Y & Z on the Field of Vision Circle. The only time we could see it is when we are looking downward at a steep angle.

This can be anywhere between the VPL The CV (Center of Vision) and VPR. VP1 MID-POINT C. VP2 VP2 VP3 TO VP3 12 .especially when the view is large within the circle.TRIANGULAR METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION Using a triangle is a more arbitrary method to find VP3. VP3 is located as far away as possible (depending on how large your work surface is and length of straight edges) and on a vertical line from the Center of Vision. but will usually give less distortion in the vertical direction as the conventional method often does . It is usually best to have the CV is at Mid-point here.V. can be moved left or right.3 . VP1 C.V. It somewhere center of the view. Here all three VP's are chosen as 3 points of a triangle.

if drawn from opposite corners will make the bottom smaller and also slightly foreshortened. Remember that VP3 is at the center of the earth. BOX CONSTRUCTION CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION 12 . The idea is to draw it as usual and work with the base to make it smaller. Draw that around using the VP's. Just be careful not to overdo the effect.4 . Just draw the diagonals and pick a point just inside the edge.THREE-POINT EFFECT FROM CONSTRUCTION This method works well for any object. The diagonal on the box. This method allows for more control than the others and the best part . The Cylinder is done the same way using a smaller ellipse size on the bottom.it doesn't need the third VP.

CONTOURED CYLINDER DIVISION 4 1 10 3 3 9 8 9 11 10 9 9 9 7 8 7 1 1 4 3 9 9 9 10 10 9 9 5 11 8 8 8 8 8 8 3 3 9 15-16 22-23 13 22-23 6-7 2 21 9 22-23 5-6 8 2 3 7 4 18 25-26 24-26 1 8-9 7 16 16 2 2 4 2 6-7 10 11 CYLINDER REFLECTIONS OF OBJECTS CYLINDER ROTATION CYLINDER SHADOWS CYLINDERS .A ANGLED WALLS .ONE POINT AXONOMETRIC DRAWINGS B BANK FRONT REFLECTIONS BASE LINES BASE LINES BENCH SHADOW BOWLING BALL BOX FLOATING SHADOW BOX FORM ROTATION BOX REFLECTIONS BOX SHADOW ONTO WALL BOX WITH FLAPS SHADOWS C CAR SHADOW CIRCLE CONSTRUCTION USING ELLIPSE GUIDES CIRCLE DIVISION CIRCLES IN PERSPECTIVE CONE CONE OF VISION CONE OF VISION METHOD .ONE POINT CONTOUR DRAWING CONVERGENCE POINT DEFINED CONVERGING LIGHT SHADOW CONVERGING SHADOW DEFINED CONVEX MIRROR REFECTIONS THEORY CONVEX MIRROR REFLECTIONS CORE DRIP LINE CORE SHADOW CUBE CONSTRUCTION . 18 10 7 2 1-4 6-7 13 12 9.CONSTRUCTION WITH GUIDES D DEFINITION OF PERSPECTIVE DIAGONAL METHOD . METHOD ENLARGEMENT OF VIEWS EYE LEVEL EYE LEVEL EYE LEVEL 10 8 9 8 1 4 5 5 9 1 5 9 3 1 9 2 7 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 1 1 5 10 5 10-15 3 7 4 4 12 2 3-4 5 16. 11 8 10 12 5 4 3 6 3 6 11 .VERTICAL PLANE ELLIPSE RELATIONSHIP .8 PT.CAMERA CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION . 11 2 2 9.ONE POINT DIAGONAL MULTIPLICATION DIAGONAL VANISHING POINT DIRECTION OF SHADOW DISTORTION DIVIDING SHAPES DRIP LINE E ELEVATION MEASUREMENTS ELEVATION OBLIQUE DRAWINGS ELEVATION OF LIGHT ELEVATION VIEW ELLIPSE ALIGNMENT ELLIPSE ALIGNMENT RIGHT & WRONG ELLIPSE ANGLE LOCATIONS ON SPHERE ELLIPSE ANGLE MEASUREMENT ELLIPSE CONSTRUCTION ELLIPSE DEFINED ELLIPSE GUIDES ELLIPSE RELATIONSHIP .TWO POINT CUBE ROTATION CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION EXAMPLES CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION . METHOD ELLIPSES IN PERSPECTIVE .12 PT.HORIZONTAL PLANE ELLIPSE SIZE MEASUREMENT ELLIPSE TEMPLATES ELLIPSES IN PERSPECTIVE .

ONE POINT MEASURING POINTS .ONE POINT WITH VERTICAL MEASURING 5 GRID . 9 17 5 7 20-21 11 12 13 5 2 14 13 4 2 24 27 30-33 3-44 12 2 9 4-5 4-6 6 7 11 2.EXTENDED MEASURING SYSTEM .CONST.VERTICAL HINGE FLASHLIGHT FLOOR GRID METHOD FORESHORTENING 1 5 9 9 9 3 3 8 4 1 7.TWO POINT INTRODUCTION ISOMETRIC DRAWINGS 1 5 1 1 10 1 1 1 2 5 3 5 L LARGE SCALE DESIGN DRAWINGS LAYOUT TABLET LETTER FORM ROTATION LIGHT ANGLE LIGHT ANGLE . OF CUBES MEASURING SYSTEM .CONVENTIONAL METHOD MEASURING POINT .TWO POINT STEPS 4 3 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 11 3 3 3 3 8 16 3 4 7 2 24 27 30-33 1 4 5-6 16 13 10 6 2 5 2 2-4 7 2 19 4 7 8 2 17 19 2 4-5 6 3 9 1 .TWO POINT MEASURING SYSTEM .SELECTION MEASURING SYSTEM .OUTSIDE BASE LINES MEASURING INSIDE BASE LINES MEASURING PLANE ARCHITECTURAL INTERIOR MEASURING PLANE GRID MEASURING PLANE GRID MEASURING PLANE PERSPECTIVE DEFINED MEASURING PLANE PERSPECTIVE STEPS MEASURING PLANE PRODUCT APPLICATION MEASURING POINT .NEVER SHADOWS LIGHT ANGLE DEFINED LIGHT ANGLE VANISHING POINT LIGHT ANGLE VANISHING POINT LIGHT ANGLE VANISHING POINT LIGHT LOCATION & SOURSE LIGHT SOURCE DETERMINATION M MAJOR AXIS MEASURING .ROTATED FORMS MEASURING SYSTEM .ONE POINT METHOD MEASURING SYSTEM .PREDICTION MEASURING SYSTEM .F FIELD OF VISION FIGURE DRAWING TECHNIQUE FLAGPOLE RULE FLAGPOLE RULE AT WORK FLAGPOLE RULE IN ACTION FLAPS .SHORT CUT MEASURING SYSTEM .MOLDED FORMS MEASURING SYSTEM . 4 10 5 1 G GRID .TWO POINT WITH VERTICAL MEASURING 5 GROUND ANGLE 9 GROUND ANGLE DEFINED 9 GROUND ANGLE VANISHING POINT 9 GROUND ANGLE VANISHING POINT 9 GROUND ANGLE VANISHING POINT 9 GROUND LINE 2 H HIGHLIGHTS OF BASIC FORMS HORIZON HORIZON HORIZON LINE HORIZON LINE HORIZONTAL DIVISIONS HORIZONTAL MEASURING LINE LOCATIONS HORIZONTAL PLANE DEVELOPMENT I INFINITY INTERIOR GRID .HOW TO USE MEASURING SYSTEM .LAYOUT TABLET MEASURING SYSTEM .INSIDE BASE LINES MEASURING .HORIZONTAL HINGE FLAPS .

SHORT CUTS ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .LARGE SCALE ONE POINT PERSPTECTIVE .MEASURING POINT ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .DISTORTION ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .FLOOR GRID ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .SHORT CUTS ONE POINT PERSPTECTIVE .SMALL OBJECTS ONE POINT RELATIONSHIP ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWINGS ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEW MULTIPLIED ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEWS ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEWS 7 8 10 5 1 5 5 11 5 9 9 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 5 2 3 5-6 2 2 10 3 3 8 3 7 1 32-33 2 4 6 5 7 3-7 2 7 2 2 3 4 3-4 8 3 5-6 9 10 3 5 4 5 20 P PARALLEL METHOD PARALLEL SHADOW DEFINED PERIPHERAL VISION LINE PERSPECTIVE DEFINED PERSPECTIVE VIEWS MULTIPLIED PICTURE PLANE PICTURE PLANE PICTURE PLANE PICTURE PLANE PICTURE PLANE PICTURE PLANE PINWHEEL CONSTRUCTION PLAN OBLIQUE DRAWINGS PLAN VIEW PLAN VIEW PLAN VIEW PLAN/ELEVATION LIMITATIONS PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD TWO POINT PLAN/ELEVATION METHOD/ONE POINT POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW DEFINED POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW INTO ROOM POSITIVE LIGHT SHADOW STEPS PROJECTIONS PROTRACTOR MEASUREMENTS PROTRACTOR MEASUREMENTS PYRAMID SHADOW Q QUADRANTS R RADIATION POINT RECTANGLE ENLARGEMENT & REDUCTION REDUCTION OF VIEWS REFLECTION OF BOX FORMS REFLECTIONS IN BANK FRONT REFLECTIONS INTO SPHERES 9 9 1 1 5 1 1 1 2 2 2 8 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 9 9 9 1 7 7 9 7 5 5 5 10 10 10 2 1 2 7 4-5 4 5 7 2 4-5 7 8 3 3 1 3-4 9 8 1 3 1 28-29 27 1 8-9 10 9 5 7 9 7 2 3 11 .OFFICE INTERIOR ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .DEFINITION ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .MINOR AXIS MINOR AXIS ALIGNMENT MIRROR REFLECTIONS MODULAR PERSPECTIVE MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS MULTIPLICATION OF CUBES MULTIPLICATION OF HORIZONTAL SURFACES MULTIPLICATION OF ROTATED CUBE MULTIPLICATION OF VERTICAL SURFACES N NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOW DEFINED NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOW FROM WINDOW O OBJECT OBJECT OBJECT OBJECT OBJECT OBSERVER OBSERVER ONE & TWO POINT PERSPECTIVE COMBINATION ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE .

SPHERE SHORT CUT SHADOW .SHORT CUT SPHERE REFLECTIONS SPHERE SHADOW ON WALL & FLOOR SPHERE SHADOW SHORT CUT SPHERE SHADOW WHEN FLOATING SPHERE SHADOWS SPHERE TOUCH POINT SPIRAL STAIRCASE SQUARE DEPTH METHOD .MULTIPLE OF BOX SHADOW TYPES SHADOWS SHADOWS OF VERTICAL PLANES SPHERE STUDIES SIGHT POINT SIGHT POINT SINGLE VIEW DRAWINGS SMALL OBJECT SKETCHES .HORIZONTAL AXIS ROTATION OF CUBE MULTIPLIED ROTATION OF CUBES ON HORIZONTAL AXIS ROTATION OF CUBES ON VERTICAL AXIS ROTATION OF LETTER FORM ROTATIONS TILTED S SCALE SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW ANGLED LINE RULE BOX FORM ONTO CONE SHAPE BOX FORM ONTO PYRAMID BOX ONTO WALL BOX WITH FLAPS CONVERGING LIGHT CYLINDRICAL OBJECTS CYLINDRICAL OBJECTS EIGHT BALL OVER EDGE FLAG POLE RULE FLOATING FORMS FLOATING SPHERE HORIZONTAL CYLINDERS HORIZONTAL LINE RULE INCLINED PLANE ONTO CYLINDER INSIDE HORIZONTAL CYLINDER MATCH ONTO INCLINED PLANE NEGATIVE LIGHT SHADOW NEGATIVE LIGHT OF TABLE NEGATIVE LIGHT STEPS PARALLEL SHORT CUT 10 10 10 10 10 3 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 1 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 4-6 6 12 7 10 14 7-8 1-9 6-7 2 3 9 9 3 9 2 3 19 20 21 9 24-26 11 12 18 5 22-23 18 13-14 3 21 15 21 32-33 31 30 3 SHADOW .POSITIVE LIGHT STEPS SHADOW .PYRAMID ONTO WALL SHADOW .PYRAMID SHADOW .STANDING CYLINDERS SHADOW .SPHERE CONSTRUCTION SHADOW .SPHERE ON WALL & FLOOR SHADOW .ONE POINT SPHERE CONSTRUCTIONS SPHERE DRAWN TO SCALE SPHERE DRAWN TO SCALE .POSITIVE LIGHT INTO ROOM SHADOW .VERTICAL LINE RULE SHADOW .WALL OF EDGE OF PLATFORM SHADOW .DOORWAYS & WINDOWS SHADOW PLOTTING BASICS SHADOW SOLUTIONS .ONE POINT SQUARE TO CUBE METHOD 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 2 2 1 4 8 8 8 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 4 5 28-29 27 9 20 16 18 17 10 3 20 7 5 4 4 4 8 2 6 1 1-33 3 11 9 5 3 9 12 14 15 11 18 17 18 16 16 9 4 11 .WALL VARIATIONS SHADOW OF BIX FORMS -EXTERIOR SHADOW OF BOX FORMS .INTERIOR SHADOW OF HORIZONTAL PLANES SHADOW OF VERTICAL PLANES SHADOW PLOTS .90° ROTATION OF CUBE .R REFLECTIONS OF FORMS INTO MIRRORS REFLECTIONS OF OBJECTS INTO POOL REFLECTIONS ON BASIC FORM SURFACES REFLECTIONS ON CURVED CONVEX MIRROR REFLECTIONS ON HORIZONTAL CYLINDER ROAD CONSTRUCTION ROTATED VIEW OF ROOM ROTATION ROTATION OF BOX FORMS .

SINGLE VANISHING POINTS VERTICAL DIVISIONS VIEW ABOVE HORIZON VIEW BELOW HORIZON VISUAL SHIFT W WAGON WHEEL CONSTRUCTION Y YARDSTICK PERSPECTIVE 5 5 8 9 12 12 12 12 9 7 5 12 1 1 2 1 3 3 3 1 2 2 2 2 5 2 2 3 8 3 2 1-2 13 16 4 1-3 2 3 16 5 15 3 3 3 4-5 2 4-5 4-5 4-5 5 5 7 2 5 6 6 4 10 8 5 .TRIANGULAR METHOD TOUCH POINT OF SPHERE TRACE TEMPLATES TRACING GRIDS TRIANGULAR METHOD TRIMETRIC DRAWINGS TRUE LENGTH TRUE LENGTH LINE TWO POINT RELATIONSHI TWO-POINT CENTER CONSTRUCTION TWO-POINT LEFT CONSTRUCTION TWO-POINT RIGHT CONSTRUCTION V VANISHING POINT VANISHING POINT VANISHING POINT LOCATION CONTROL VANISHING POINT.STEPS SQUARE TO CUBE PERSPECTIVE METHODS T TENNIS BALL CONSTRUCTION TERMINATOR THREE-POINT EFFECT FROM CONSTRUCTION THREE-POINT PERSPECTIVE THREE-POINT PERSPECTIVE CONVENTIONAL THREE-POINT .SQUARE TO CUBE PERSPECTIVE .

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