Perspective drawing for beginners is easier to learn with just one vanishing point. This example of fall trees lining a boardwalk makes for a pretty landscape with lots of space.
When trying a one point perspective drawing for the first time, it really helps to work with similar shapes that line something with parallel lines. Whether you use a street, or train tracks, or a boardwalk, it will simplify the job of drawing things smaller and smaller as they fade off into the distance.
My experience is that 2-point perspective is best for middle and high school students, but older elementary ones will most likely enjoy this basic one point version. There’s nothing like seeing how to make a landscape with some serious “space” in it just by following this formula.
- Boardwalk PDF Tutorial (see above)
- Drawing paper
- Black permanent marker, fine tip
- Markers, Stabilo Power Wallet preferred
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw with Perspective
- Draw horizon line. Use ruler to draw boardwalk lines.
- Use ruler again to draw handrail lines.
- Draw vertical lines on handrails.
- Draw two large trees near the front.
- Draw two medium trees further back.
- Draw two smaller trees near the back.
- Add outside edges of the trees. Add lines to boardwalk.
- Trace with permanent black marker. Color as shown.
- Finish the trees with a layer or orange. Add brown shadows.