27 Oct Letters in One Point Perspective
Drawing Letters in One Point Perspective is a great way of practising Perspective Drawing. If you can draw boxes in perspective, you can draw any kind of thing you want!
In this post, we are going to see how we can draw even the most complex of shapes by simply dividing them into rectangular parts and then, putting those parts into perspective!
The following text is a transcript from the video above. You can go ahead and watch it. It will be easier to understand and it will take only a few minutes of your time. But if you are old school and prefer to do all the reading, feel free to do so!
We also saw that in One Point Perspective only the Length lines foreshorten to the Vanishing Point, while the Height and Width lines remained parallel.
This rule is going to make things super easy for us when it comes to drawing letters in One Point Perspective.
Since the Height and Width lines don’t foreshorten, we can go ahead and just draw the silhouette of the letters in our paper. This silhouette will become the front face of our 3D letters in the following steps…
When it comes to drawing complex shapes, we must always begin by reducing them to simpler forms. In the case of the letter S for example, to calculate the total length of the figure, we will simplify it by putting it inside a big container box. Once we have found the back face of the box, we can outline the known edges of the letter.
To discover the position and height of the unknown edges, we will simplify their volume again into two new independent boxes. Remember that the length lines must foreshorten to the Vanishing Point, while the height and width remain always vertical and horizontal.
By dividing the shape into separate boxes, it becomes much easier to understand how long and at which distance the missing edges will be.
When the figure is completed, we can delete the helper lines to get the clean and finished letter.
For the next letter, we will directly begin by dividing it in two.
When we draw the first part, we will decide the length we want the letter to have.
When we move on to the second box, we will start by foreshortening the length to the V.P.
We must be very careful to use the same measurement for the length. To do so, we will connect the back corners of the first box to the back of the second, and from there, we will raise the height lines and the width lines, finding the back face of out T letter.
We will outline the contours and delete the helper lines to polish the figure.
For the C letter, we will repeat the same process by starting with a container box.
We could divide the shape in three more boxes if it was necessary, but in this case is very easy to understand the position of the unknown edges, so we will draw them directly.
We will begin the following letter by drawing an upside down L shape for the main body of the F, and we will set the appropriate length to it.
We must be very careful next, not to make a wrong foreshortening for the little appendix of the F, since it is shorter than the top line.
To transfer the length correctly, we will treat this appendix like an independent box, tracing the foreshortened helper lines to the V.P.
Next, we will mark the lower back edge, that will be a horizontal line from the intersecting point between the foreshortened length and the back edge of the up-side-down L we had already discovered.
The following letter is going to offer us a new challenge: To transfer the foreshortened length of the container box to the inner hole.
We will start by drawing the big box that holds the body of the letter, deciding now the most convenient length.
Then, we will repeat the same for the inner hole, treating it like if it was a box of its own.
This is the part where we must be most careful, because both boxes must have the same length no matter what.
To transfer the length from the big box to the small, we will copy the height of the smaller box into the edge of the bigger one by drawing two horizontal parallel lines.
From this points, we will foreshorten the copied height of our small box to the back edge of the big box, which we will once again slide horizontally. This will cut the foreshortened length of the small box at the same length of the big box. This way, we have found the true length of the body of our O.
The last letter ought to be the most complicated one, since it is a mix of all the other challenges we have faced so far.
We will again repeat the same steps we used for the other letters.
When facing the challenge of transferring the length of the main body to the hole, we could do the same we did with the O.
But in this case, we will count with the advantage of having a known face at the base of the A, that will tell us the exact position of the back edge of our letter.
This way, we have just completed the construction of all the letters in One Point Perspective!
If you have reached this point, it means you control the secrets of One Point Perspective.
You can now unleash your creativity and beautify the letters, giving them a unique touch by using the same old steps we just watched.
Once you are capable of turning this blocky structures into complicated forms, it will mean you are ready to draw anything you want!
In the following video you can see a speed drawing of how the following details were done. I hope you enjoy it!
Coming up Next
In the next video-post we will see a step by step example of how to draw a basic level scene with One Point Perspective. See you then!
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