There are many creative practices that will come easy to some artists and be harder for others. I have always found the human body fascinating, so have been practicing to prefect my abilities to draw and paint them.

Perspective and vanishing points on the other hand have always been my Achilles’ heel. 

Having being introduced to the process over 12 years ago and slowly increasing the difficulty of drawings over time, it is incredibly frustrating that I can't grasp it as easily as the organic shapes of the human body. I have bought various books to guide me but like with anything else that you need to learn, practise is key! (and I have been slacking just a little…)

What I have found useful though when practicing is to follow these steps.

3 Steps to Follow when Practicing Perspective & Vanishing Points


Captivating photo

Starting with a photo is a little easier as it’s a static image.  You can follow the lines and create an accurate drawing.Practicing Perspective & Vanishing Points - Italian Street


Begin with a pencil sketch

To make sure that you have the angles and lines correct with the ‘eye line’ of the camera lens, begin with a light simple pencil sketch. You can do this free hand or with a ruler, depending on the style you are after.

Be patient, it may take longer than your usual drawings but you will be grateful for your hard work when the scene looks perfectly structured.

Practicing Perspective & Vanishing Points - Italian Street, Pencil


Scan/Save your sketch

It’s good practice to document each process as you go. Similarly when working digitally, you can go back to an earlier version if you make a mistake or are not happy with the way it is turning out.

So scan or take a picture of your pencil drawing, print out a copy if you can and work further on top of that.

Practicing Perspective & Vanishing Points - Italian Street, Pen


You can take your pencil drawing further by adding life to it with a pen. It creates a lovely illustrative feel. This is one of my favourite steps; simple and easy yet adds a lot of character and depth to an image.


Now you have your pencil outline as your back up file,  you can be bolder and fearless with the pen. Create atmosphere, depth and mood with dark strokes, cross hatching or blocking shading for dark shadows.

You can add more layers to your image by using different mediums, let your creatively fly!

I used graphic pens on one of my drawings to exaggerate the predominant lights and shadows of my reference image. As the lighting of a summer afternoon and tones of the brick work were so romantically beautiful, I added a touch of watercolour to another copy of my drawing. I wanted to exaggerate and amplify the colours so instead of looking at the image as a whole and painting a sandy colour building, I focused in each of the tiny colours that I could see.

Practicing Perspective & Vanishing Points - Italian Street, Watercolour


How did you personalise your pictures to bring them to life?

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