Drawing Lesson: Mechanical Perspective
From the Minds Eye

It is important to have a solid comprehension of mechanical perspective. Keep in mind that this type of perspective is a system created to interpret and represent three-dimensional (3D) objects on a two dimensional surface. Many artists break the rules of mechanical perspective or do not use mechanical perspective in their work at all. They either draw what they see (Visual Perspective) or invent perspective for more abstract ideas.

1 Drawing of invented landscape using one point perspective.
1 Drawing aerial view, 3-point perspective of 3D forms creating an invented landscape

Materials: Woodless graphite pencils and sticks on a 9 x 12 drawing paper with shading stumps for blending

1 Drawing of 2-point perspective from observation - use the basic geometric forms supplied.

Materials: For the third drawing use woodless graphite pencils and sticks on an 18 x 24 drawing paper with shading stumps for blending and or a Chamois cloth.

Mechanical Persective Free Drawing Lesson Edward Burke

A drawing of invented landscape using one point perspective by Edward A. Burke