perspective architecture

A Simple Trick for Creating Perfect Perspective Sketches

All you need is a length of thin, elastic string and a paper clip.

Paul Keskeys Paul Keskeys

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The two-point perspective has long been a favorite among architects looking to communicate complex three-dimensional ideas to clients within a single drawing. It can be a time-consuming drawing type to master, though, with dozens of projection lines needed to ensure each edge is accurately directed back toward vanishing points on either side of the paper.

Fear no more — this ingenious GIF shows just how easy it can be to create a convincing perspective for this year’s One Drawing Challenge:

Via @architectdrw

When doing preliminary sketches for your design, these lines don’t need to be perfectly straight, but for the sketch to look convincing, they still need to align with those points on the horizon line. Foregoing the need for countless ruled lines, the above technique works brilliantly for creating quick perspectives for clients meetings or illustrating your initial concepts to your professor at university.

To emulate this trick, all you need apart from pencil and paper is a length of thin, elastic string and a paper clip. The elasticity of the string is crucial to ensure that it remains taut as you slide the bent paper clip back and forth — the video below shows you the same technique in real time:

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