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Easy Perspective Drawing for Beginners Tutorial Video and Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step Perspective Drawing for Beginners Tutorial Video. Trees lining a boardwalk make a pretty landscape that shows lots of depth.

Perspective Boardwalk Drawing for Beginners

A Perspective Drawing for Beginners, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

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When trying out a perspective drawing for beginners, it really helps to start with something that has parallel lines. Whether you use a street, or train tracks, or a boardwalk, it will simplify the job of drawing lines that all appear to point to the same “vanishing” spot.

The best way to get this vanishing point drawing started, is by using a ruler to connect the corners of the paper to the center point, as shown in the tutorial. Anything with a straight edge will do. All that’s important is that students make dots about where they want the lines to be, and then connect them with something straight.

The trees are very forgiving shapes to draw, and share a large bunch of leaves. Just point out to the students that the pairs do get smaller, the further they go back. They could make the smaller ones a bit skinnier too.

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.

Why Draw with Guides?

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow. All they need to do is fold their sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The best part is, by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will have disappeared!

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    Perspective Drawing Coloring Page

    Perspective Coloring page, available as a free download.

    Materials needed for a Perspective Drawing

    • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
    • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
    • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
    • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
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    Step by Step Directions for a Perspective Drawing

    Time needed: 1 hour

    How to Draw with Perspective

    1. Draw the horizon line. Use a ruler to draw the boardwalk lines.

    2. Use a ruler again to draw the handrail lines.

    3. Draw the vertical lines on the handrails.

    4. Add two large trees near the front of the drawing.

    5. Draw two medium trees further back.

    6. Add two smaller trees near the back.

    7. Add the leaf lines of the trees and bushes. Draw the lines to the boardwalk.

    8. Trace the drawing with a permanent black marker. Color as shown.

    9. Finish the trees with a layer of orange marker and add brown shadows.

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