[G8] Two-Point Perspective

Two-Point Perspective

Last year, we did an name tag using our knowledge about one-point perspective. But in Grade 8, we are making an name tag using two-point perspective.


credits: alifetimeofcolor.com/main.taf?p=1,33
credits: draw23.com/perspective

What is Two-point perspective?

Two-point perspective is useful more than one-point perspective. Two-point perspective gives a realistic and natural picture compared to one-point perspective. In Two-point perspective, you will find different types of line:

  • horizontal lines
  • vertical lines
  • diagonal lines
  • orthogonal lines (right angle with another line)

How do we draw Two-point perspective?

Two-point perspective always have two vanishing points (or as called ‘VP’), on the horizontal line. The horizontal line is always the vanishing point and is on the level of the eyes of the observer.

  1. Draw a horizontal line
  2. After that, draw the vanishing point on the horizontal line which we have drawn earlier
  3. Then draw a vertical line anywhere on our paper, for the front edge of our box
  4. Draw orthogonal lines or diagonal lines from the edges of the line you just drew to the two vanishing point
  5. Then draw two vertical lines where you want the back edge of the box to be.
  6. Connect the top of the vertical lines you just drew for the back edge to the two vanishing point.
  7. After that you will get a picture like so:
credits: drawsketch.about.com/library/weekly/aa021603c.htm

Then just simply erase the other lines that isn’t the box you need, and you will finally draw a two-point perspective box!


After a few classes with Mr. Pat., we start thinking of some designs for our name tag. Mr. Pat gave us a week to plan and think of ideas for our own name tag. First, I thought of an idea of a Poodle. However, I saw someone with that idea before, so I changed it. Jun suggested the idea of doing an Tank. I also thought of having a dessert background. Mr. Pat approved that idea.


In the next period I drew out the sketch of my name tag. I changed my design of a dessert background into a orange-black-yellow camouflage background. Mr. Pat. also suggested me painting the tank pathway a lighter shade/tone so the pathway would stand out. After planning, I start drawing my final copy. It was quiet small but there are quiet a lot of details to paint.


Here is my completed name tag:

Material Required:

      1. Acrylic Paint (in this case I use brown, black, yellow, green, purple, red, orange, dark blue, white)
      2. Pencil and Eraser (to draft out the name tag)
      3. Paintbrush
      4. Water container (to wash the paintbrush)
      5. Paint tray
      6. Ruler (to draw the vanishing point and lines)

As mentioned above, I used a lot of colors and need to mix colors quite a lot of times. For example, for the orange background, I had to mix red, orange and yellow together. I think that using orange without mixing the color would look plain.


What I learned –

Obviously, I’ve learned more about Two-point perspective drawing. It seems hard at first but it is actually pretty easy.  In addition, during this project I also learned more tips and tricks to paint. Sometimes, since our class have only around 50 minutes to paint, sometimes we ran out of time and we are still painting a color, which was mixed. It is possible that the next time we get to paint we will not be able to mix the exact same color as before. One trick I use is whenever we mix a color, I will smear that mixed color outside the border of the painting like so:

As you can see, there are dabs of colors all around the border of my painting. This is to compare colors when we mix them again. I found this very useful because we can compare colors and see whether our paint is too light or too dark.

Dabbing the paint around the border is also useful when the paintbrush is too wet or too dry. If the paintbrush is too wet it can ruin our painting by smudging our paint with the water. Also, if our paintbrush is too dry, the texture is not smooth and would be difficult to paint. If we have too much paint on our paintbrush we can dab it around the border to clean out the overload paint on our brush. Dabbing the color around the border would help us observe the texture, wetness and how dry the paintbrush is, too.

What I Find Challenging

I find thinking the design for our name tag challenging. We have to think and think and think all over again. Usually our first idea was the same as someone else. For example, I first thought of doing a poodle but then it turns out another person already had the idea. I had to talk to a couple of friends, observe their idea and think of something even more creative.

Also, I find mixing the color brown is challenging. I always get a color of  orange-black whenever I try to mix brown. I even went researching about how to mix brown, but when I actually try it out, it turns to be another color, in my case it gets purple-blue. :/ But finally I mixed brown successfully by mixing a little bit of yellow, red, green and a little bit of black!! 😀

Things I did Well + Improvements –

I think in this project, I think I paint quiet well. I think I paint my work quite neat and smooth compared to other people. However, whenever I paint, I always take a long time to do so, which is one area of improvement. I want to improve my speed to paint, since sometimes I get too neat and take too long to paint. Also I ever got mistakes during painting. Since the ‘pathway’ of the tank in my painting is supposed to be painted in a lighter tone/shade, I ever forgot and painted  the darker shade over the sidewalk line. I solved that mistake by painting white over it, or painting a darker color to cover it:
As you can see in the picture above, I accidentally  paint over the “pathway line” of the tank. What I did was cover the accident with white paint.
Comparing my Work to Other People –

Pan’s Artwork  (Grade8A)
Nond’s Artwork  (Grade8A)
I think my artwork is quite plain compared to them. :/ However, my name tag and Nond and Pan’s name tag is a different style. I think I could work more on making my letters more 3D. I might have to do more research about how to do so, and also about different tones of colors and how to mix them. However, I think I am in a pretty good spot compared to other people. Some people did their designs really plain, for example they just draw their name with a solid colored background or with some small patterns on the background (not mentioning who).

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