Single or one point perspective is the foundation of all drawing.

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Drawing demonstrating the drawing technique of single point perspective.

Drawing Lesson # 1


Elementary Drawing Skills


Single Point Perspective




There are so many different types of perspective systems for drawing and painting.

Atmospheric or atmospheric perspective: Illustrated in the lesson (Landscape Shadows)

Oriental painting uses a progression of objects from front (bottom) to back (top).

Even a Mercator projection is a form of perspective.


Since the invention of linear perspective, during the Renaissance, it has dominated world art.


The only tool you need to do this is a


There are many systems for portraying depth within a painting., but none more effective than linear perspective. Linear perspective produces the image you would see in a photograph. The lens takes a three dimensional scene and presents it to us on a two dimensional surface. I find it interesting that the Human Species has been around in its current condition for 20,000 - 40,000 years. They have been making arts the whole time. Nevertheless, it took until the Renaissance for someone to figure out the very simple rules of linear perspective.


The actual lesson can be distilled down to one sentence:

In perspective drawing, all parallel lines converge at a single point.


That may sound simple, but it is so counterintuitive that I spend more than fifteen minutes in this perspective drawing just to try to convey this one little statement.


Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color palette.
See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray

Burnt Sienna
0 - Red
Yellow Ochre
1 - Yellow
2 - Green
Cerulean Blue
3 - Blue
  ...( non sed. )
Phthalo Blue
4 - Cool Blue
Ultramarine Blue
5 - Warm Blue
Pyrrol Red
6 - Warm Red
Info Alizarin Crimson
( Quinacridone )

7 - Cool Red
Arylide Yellow FGL
8 - Warm Yellow
Arylide Yellow Deep
9 - Cool Yellow

140 Lb. Cold Pressed
140 Lb. Cold Pressed

The warmest color is orange

The coolest color is middle-blue

A warm red would be like a tomato (orangy)

A cool red Is like a strawbery (purpleish)

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