Perspective Illustrations by Laurin McCracken

In the June 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Laurin McCracken explains how to see perspective lines in architectural structures and photographs. Then he illustrates how to use this concept to draw more accurate and interesting buildings.

Here he shares his illustrations for one-, two- and three-point perspective.

In one-point perspective (shown below), horizontal lines are parallel to the horizon and all vertical lines are parallel. All other lines converge at a single vanishing point on the horizon.

A two-point perspective (below) is one in which all vertical lines are parallel to one another and all other lines converge at one of two vanishing points on the horizon.

In three-point perspective, the least used of the three, all lines are oblique (neither parallel or perpendicular) to the picture plane and converge at one of three vanishing points, two of which are on the horizon.

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Laurin McCracken
is an architect who has put the skills learned over many years into drawing, photography and watercolor. He studied at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Visit his website at


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