**Drawing Lesson: 1 Point Perspective **

It is important to have a solid comprehension of mechanical perspective. Keep in mind that this type of perspective is a model created to interpret and represent three-dimensional objects on a two dimensional plain or surface. The following exercise explores the principles of constructing objects in 1 perspective.

**Materials**: 4B pencil and 9 x 12 drawing paper and ruler.

This perspective is the simplest one to draw as it uses only a single vanishing point (1 point perspective) and all vertical lines are parallel. First, establish your horizon line, this is eye level. Draw a square shape anywhere above, below or on the line. Next establish the vanishing point anywhere along the horizon line. Now if you draw a straight line from the vanishing point to the edges of your square shape you will see how the sides will be established. Draw a second square shape further back on the diminishing vanishing point lines and you will see that the 3D cube in perspective will form. In the second example you can see how more complex shapes can be established in one point perspective.

**Materials: ** 4B pencil and 9 x 12 drawing paper and ruler.