How to Draw Pictorial Perspective

How to Draw Pictorial Perspective

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Pictorial views are images of objects that appear to be as precise as it is when you look at it with your own eyes. Parallel and angular perspectives are the most common perspective that we all know.

Pictorial views are images of objects that appear to be as precise as it is when you look at it with your own eyes. Pictorial perspective drawing is an art where an approximate visual representation of images is placed on a flat surface like paper. Parallel and angular perspectives are the most common perspective that we all know.

Parallel and Angular Perspectives

A graphic image of a landscape with tress, clouds, birds and human that construct a perfect masterpiece is an example of perspective drawing. Perspective drawing is more unique than the other styles of drawing objects in their pictorial views. Other pictorial views like isometric are drawn with the basis of angular projection (30⁰ x 60⁰ or 45⁰ x 45⁰) while perspective views carries the principle of point perspective or generating views with a specialized point or points. This kind of drawing depends on the combination of parallel and angular representation or perspective. Unless these perspective drawing classes were mastered it would be impossible to sketch a clear picture that carries the principle of pictorial perspective.

Parallel perspective is a perspective view where an object appears to be facing in front of you. On the other, hand an angular or oblique is the view with degrees rotated from your parallel view. Both are helpful techniques in pictorial perspective though they appeared to be very different from each other.
Skilled artist are good at giving life and color to every object they draw, and there are also times when a non-art-lover draw such good pictures. The only difference between the two is experience in drawing objects on pictorial perspective views. Unless this principle is being understood and practiced talent and skills will be useless and the rendered image will always be poor if not a failure.


In a single view perspective foreshortening is a term used to describe the way of resizing objects for good proportion. This principle plays a big role in drawing models that forms a box like shape or has a volume. On the other hand, foreshortening used to draw a group of objects is termed as perspective. This term is more preferable to use in a pictorial drawing rather than foreshortening.


A picture of objects in one place must be properly drawn. In addition foreshortening must be done with respect to the other object’s size and position. The size of one should be proportionate with the other. It particularly depends on the position of every object situated on your picture plane. As an example, the ball with the same sizes but different distance from the viewer would have different sizes on your drawing paper. The closer one is basically appears larger than the one farther from the viewer.

Viewing Direction

Pictorial perspective drawings are viewed on a selected direction or from selected point or points as it would be seen by the observer real, these is where your vanishing line is drawn. Of all the sketches to be made by any perspective view pictorial, sketches are more clearly understood than those of the front, top, and side. One point perspective and two point perspective views which are the most common of all the pictorial views are illustrated at the right. Another pictorial perspective that involved vanishing points is the three point perspective. Four-point and so on are also possible but are all difficult enough that one should give it a lot of time to practice. Image

Constructing a detailed pictorial drawing includes a best choice of viewing direction or the height of the eye with relation to the object. An orthographic image or the viewed image parallel to the viewing rays of an eye is considered as the most simple and pleasing to the human eye compared to those drawn with other pictorial views.

Drawing a landscape or a composition of objects in one plane does not only require good talent and skill but also knowledge and experience. Pictorial perspective maybe crucial for beginners and not that easy for intermediates but I’m sure it is a lot more easy when you are already an expert of it. So never give up. Study its principles because practice makes perfect.

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