Film 4

Drawing a Single Point Perspective Grid by Dick McConnell

You will find this demonstration as one of the chapters of the film and it is useful if you practice drawing a simple grid BEFORE you try to draw up a complete room set. This method of measured perspective is also called ‘Parallel Plane Perspective’ and is very useful for drawing interiors, exteriors and non-rectangular shapes. Make sure you have read the handout explaining the basic rules of perspective and have an understanding of these concepts BEFORE you watch this film. The grid can be used to draw up a complete image in measured perspective or it can be put underneath layout or semi transparent paper and provide a very useful perspective guide when you are sketching, helping you to ‘see’ perspective. As well as step by step handouts that you can download, a completed grid is included for you to print out and ‘play’ with.

Equipment and Materials:

  • Drawing board or table
  • Parallel motion or T-square
  • Scaled plan and section/elevations of the space you wish to draw
  • Grid plan and section/elevations to the same scale as you plan to draw your perspective grid
  • Tracing paper, Layout or cartridge
  • 0.5 Self propelling pencil (black and blue lead – blue will not show up on photocopies
  • Scale rule
  • Set square
  • Long ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber

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