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One point perspective is a linear perspective used in art to make it appear three-dimensional and realistic. We use our vision to perceive the whole world in perspectives , and it is perceived in three dimensional view , to put it in a two dimensional medium like a paper , provides for this method’s usage , to make it appear three dimensional . One point perspective has been widely used across the world for various purposes in various fields .


Vantage is a place or position providing a good view of something.


A mathematical system for representing three-dimensional objects and space on a two-dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that are drawn vertically and horizontally and that radiate from one point on a horizon line .

It is actually simpler than it sounds.

It is simply made by drawing a horizontal line , usually on the eyelevel , and a single point is drawn on it . This technique is about how all the forms in the composition get converged into this vanishing point.

Popularly , when we look into something long and elongated on the front view like roads , railway tracts , or a series of buildings or streetlights , to depict how it gets smaller and further away in the view , we use one point perspective to express it in two – dimensional medium.

When we face the surface of the view , in one point perspective , it appears as their true shape , without any distortion .



They are primarily drawn using horizontal and vertical lines .

Usually at the eye level , we draw the horizon line , and all the other lines from the end of other subjects , converges into a point in this line called the vanishing point .

So we make a point called the vanishing point on the horizon line , usually we initially practice this by drawing boxes and  draw lines from the corners of these boxes to join the vanishing point on the horizon line . The lines that recede back to the vanishing point from the corner of each object is called Orthogonals .

All these orthogonals or the lines from the corners of the objects have the only and only same vanishing point.

The back “face” of the cube is added by drawing another square that touches all four orthogonals as they recede back in space.

This process is easily replicated to create additional objects. Each object that is drawn uses the same vanishing point. A new vanishing point is not created within the picture plane.

We can make the scene complex by adding more lines or features or details to it or even more depth , and vice versa to keep it simple as it is .

The application of this technique ( One point perspective ) is not limited to buildings and roads but it is numerous , it can be used in many places.

The horizon line and the arthogonals are usually drawn very light and feeble only for the understanding of the placement of the objects in the scene , it can finally be erased , once the picture is done .


It’s applications are mainly and widely used in architecture and interior designing .

But it is not only limited to it , it has wide usage over various things.

With two vanishing points similarly two point perspective is derived in it’s process and similarly with three vanishing points for three point perspective .


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